The 26th annual La Jolla Summerfest kicks off this Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM with a free public concert in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. The nationally recognized chamber music festival features over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing from July 31 – August 24, 2012 in various locations throughout La Jolla.
Two performances of note this season will be Tan Dun’s Water Passion at 7:30 PM on August 4th in the La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre and an evening with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis at 7:30 PM on August 8 at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. The Water Passion is drawn largely from Gospel of St. Matthew and explores a remarkably wide range of vocal styles, from the overtone singing of Mongolia to the unique colors of Peking Opera. Branford Marsalis has a mixed program, including songs of Samuel Barber and a trio by Paul Hindemith as well as a selection of jazz works.