Free Concert in La Jolla Cove to kick-off La Jolla Summerfest!

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.

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About Maren

San Diego raised and New York City educated, I trained as a classical singer before switching to tourism marketing. Now I love telling the world about San Diego's diverse offerings, from live music to live uni. As a friend recently told me, "tough job."

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

For me, a perfect day always involves something I haven't done before. And even though I grew up  in San Diego, there is SO much to do I can usually find a way to make any day ideal. Next on the list is paragliding at Torrey Pines. I also need to meet more people with boats. Anyone?

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I am a sucker for street fairs, county fairs, music festivals and block parties. The weather is always nice, the food is always sinful and the people are always interesting. I've been to the San Diego County Fair 3 times already!!!

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Confession: I don't buy! I Pandora. I love everything from Tuvan throat singing to Lady Gaga. But seriously, Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Listen to it. Then we can talk.

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