Synergy Initiative Returns To The Conrad With Innovative Events In Summer 2022

Inon Barnatan and Clara Wu Tsai will be co-producing an exciting slate of Synergy Initiative events that will take place during La Jolla Music Society (LJMS)’ SummerFest 2022, returning to The Conrad in La Jolla from July 29 to August 26, 2022.

The Synergy Initiative brings in a unique series of concerts

The Synergy Initiative, now in its third season, is a unique series of concerts that merges music and artists with other art forms, breaking the mold of traditional performing arts in unconventional and creative ways. The series’ producers see it as a way to not only explore different approaches to music, but also create opportunities to introduce new audiences to these works.

“I’m thrilled to bring back the Synergy Series,” says Inon Barnatan, SummerFest music director. “Clara Wu Tsai and I are aiming to create groundbreaking and genre-bending collaborations between artists from different art forms, which this summer will feature jazz musicians, opera stars, dancers, and choreographers in a truly unique and exciting week of immersive events.”

July 30: Anthony McGill

On Saturday, July 30, the premiere of a new multimedia version of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint features Anthony McGill on clarinet and prerecorded video directed by Tristan Cook. Commissioned by SummerFest, the Synergy Initiative, and Lincoln Center, this unique collaboration between Summerfest and New York’s Lincoln Center brings together for the first time ten clarinetists from the New York Philharmonic, The Met Opera, Juilliard, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It will become an installation in Lincoln Center’s soon-to-be-reopened David Geffen Hall next season.

August 17: Cécile McLorin Salvant

As part of Barnatan’s SummerFest theme of “Under the Influence,” the award-winning genre-bending vocalist and artist, Cécile McLorin Salvant, brings us Ghost Song on Wednesday, August 17, in a genre-defying evening with her incredible band.

A composer, singer, and visual artist with a passion for storytelling and finding connections between musical traditions, Salvant has received GRAMMY® Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album three times, and a nomination for a fourth. In 2020, she received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award. After the concert, attendees are invited to the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd for the best of San Diego’s culinary scene, craft cocktails, and more live music.

August 18: An Evening of Kurt Weill

Salvant returns for An Evening of Kurt Weill on Thursday, August 18, featuring international star countertenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Sullivan Fortner on piano. Costanzo, who became an international sensation and won a GRAMMY® for his portrayal of the pharaoh Akhnaten in Philip Glass’ opera of the same name, makes his SummerFest debut. He is a recipient of the 2020 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera, a winner of the 2020 Opera News Award, and Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year, among many others.

This season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Akhnaten, as well as in Rodelinda. This celebration of Kurt Weill’s work is directed by visionary director Zack Winokur and features an orchestra of SummerFest musicians.

August 20-21: The Knights | Dance Heginbotham

Finally, two New York City-based ensembles, The Knights and Dance Heginbotham, make their local debuts to perform Gustav Holst’s The Planets for four shows on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21. The JAI will be transformed into an immersive music, dance, and theater event in which audience members and performers are all equally present and interwoven throughout the playing space, voyaging through our local celestial environment.

Focusing on each planet, Holst’s masterpiece propels the audience from the fiery worlds at the core of our solar system to the icy bodies slowly orbiting in the far distance. The culmination of this tour brings our eyes and ears to rest on the one planet Holst excluded from his composition: the pale blue dot.

About the Synergy Initiative

The Synergy Initiative was founded by Inon Barnatan and Clara Wu Tsai to foster opportunities across the cultural spectrum for artistic forces meet one another—creating a space that allows these creators to push the envelope and creating unique experiences that challenge our preconceptions about the arts.

Subscriptions and Single Tickets

Single tickets are now on sale and range from $45 to $110.

SummerFest subscriptions are also available now. The Windansea Series—all 15 concerts in The Baker-Baum Concert Hall—is $1,120 or $1,289 depending on seat location. Any concert in The JAI can be added on to Windansea for 8 percent off the price of a single ticket. Partial subscription series and compose-your-own packages are also available.

Details, subscription packages, and single tickets are available at the La Jolla Music Society box office, by phone at (858) 459-3728, and online at the website here.

See you there, San Diego!

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