Lang Lang, Joshua Bell And More As La Jolla Music Society Brings The Best In Classical Music To San Diego In March

Some of the most exciting performers in classical music are coming to San Diego in March presented by La Jolla Music Society (LJMS), at the Balboa Theatre and Civic Theatre downtown as well as the world-class Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center in La Jolla. In addition to superstars like Lang Lang and Joshua Bell, audiences will enjoy cutting-edge artists, rising stars, popular favorites, and the adventures of an undersea explorer.

The Piano Series

The Piano Series continues March 4 with stunning young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who has been a force on the music scene since winning awards at the prestigious Montreal International Musical Competition and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—all by the age of 20. She performs in our Baker-Baum Concert Hall on her way to Carnegie Hall, where she will play recitals as part of their Virtuoso series. Her program includes Debussy’s fiendishly difficult Études and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Petrushka.

On March 10 our Artist-in-Residence, mandolin virtuoso, Avi Avital, is joined by bass/oud player, Omer Avital, and pianist, Gadi Lahavi, to create beautiful fusion, drawing on a diverse and exotic set of sounds from Morocco, Israel, and North Africa to conjure jazzy moods and explore new dimensions in the intimate cabaret-style setting of The JAI.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the most-recorded orchestras of all time, returns under the musical direction of renowned violin soloist, Joshua Bell, to the Civic Theatre on March 14. This storied, conductor-less ensemble is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, well-known for its inspired and inspiring interpretations of great orchestral music.

Then, international piano superstar, Lang Lang, headlines our WinterFest Gala on March 18, including a Piano Series concert at the Balboa Theatre featuring the Goldberg Variations, a milestone work he just recorded and released in 2020 to great acclaim.

Discovery series

Our Discovery Series brings you the most exciting rising stars, and on March 20 that is the Paris-based Arod Quartet. The quartet made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 and has performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and Oji Hall in Tokyo—and now in the acoustical perfection of The Baker-Baum Concert Hall.

Take a group of brilliantly talented performers, a repertoire ranging from Lady Gaga to The Ride of the Valkyries, and a hefty dose of British humor and you get the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, back by popular demand for three shows on March 25 and 26 in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall. They cover (with vocals!) pop, jazz, country, and classics from film, along with anything else they feel like. That’s why The Independent called them “The best musical entertainment in the country,” and we agree.

The Nat Geo Live! Speaker Series

The Nat Geo Live! Speaker Series closes on March 31 with National Geographic photographer, Brian Skerry, who has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice and in predator-infested waters. His talk in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall, accompanied by his stunning images, will range from the North Atlantic, where harp seals face the threat of declining sea ice, to the temperate waters of New Zealand, home of the fastest shark in the world—the mako.

All Upcoming Events in the 2021–22 Winter Season

MARCH

Friday, March 4, 2022, at 8PM: Beatrice Rana
Piano Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 6:30 & 8:30PM: Avital Meets Avital
Artist-in-Residence Series
The JAI at The Conrad

Monday, March 14, 2022, at 8PM: Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
Special Event
Civic Theatre

Friday, March 18, 2022, at 8PM: Lang Lang
WinterFest Gala
Piano Series
Balboa Theatre

Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 3PM: Arod Quartet
Discovery Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Friday, March 25, 2022, at 8PM & Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 3 & 8PM:
Ukulele  Orchestra of Great Britain
Special Event
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 7PM: Nat Geo Live! Ocean Soul with Brian Skerry
Speaker Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

APRIL

Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 7PM: Silk Road Ensemble “A Home Within”
ProtoStar Innovative Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 8PM: Matthias Goerne & Seong-Jin Cho
Special Vocal Recital
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Friday, April 8, 2022, at 8PM: Chris Botti
Jazz Series
Balboa Theatre

Friday, April 22, 2022, at 8PM: DakhaBrakha
Global Roots Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8PM: Sheku Kanneh-Mason,
cello & Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Revelle Chamber Music Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 6:30 & 8:30PM: Gunhild Carling
Concerts @ The JAI
The JAI at The Conrad

MAY & JUNE

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 8PM: Lila Downs
Global Roots Series
Balboa Theatre

Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 3PM: The Okee Dokee Brothers
The ConRAD Kids Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 8PM: Joffrey Ballet
Dance Series
Civic Theatre

Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 3PM: Behzod Abduraimov
Piano Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6:30 & 8:30PM: Roberto Fonseca
Concerts @ The JAI
The JAI at The Conrad

Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 8PM: Spektral Quartet “Letters From Home”
ProtoStar Innovative Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Friday, June 3, 2022, at 8PM: Arturo Sandoval
Jazz Series
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad

Subscriptions and Single Tickets

Winter Season subscription packages start at $35. Single tickets start at $15. Please visit here for details and to purchase tickets.

See you there, San Diego!