The roots of the La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) extend as far back as 1941, with the founding of the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla by Nikolai Sokoloff, former conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Between 1949 and 1968 the Society commissioned twenty new works; in 1968 the Society officially incorporated its La Jolla Chamber Players, conducted by John Garvey. Within a few years the group’s name changed to La Jolla Chamber Orchestra.
In 1986 the organization presented its first SummerFest music festival, featuring a number of notable international musicians. It then continued to expand, adding its Winter Season (now known as WinterFest), Sherwood Series, Celebrity Series, International Orchestra Series, and Young Artists of Excellence Series (now the Discovery Series).
Entering the 21st century, the organization’s name was changed to La Jolla Music Society to reflect the growing diversity of its programming; the Prodigy Series (now part of the Discovery Series) and Piano Series were added, and then the Jazz Series. With its most recent addition of a Dance Series, LJMS continues to expand the scope of its programming, further cementing its position as one of San Diego’s foremost purveyors of the highest quality performing arts.
The adoption of the Community Music Center in 1999 cemented the commitment of LJMS to education and its community. Educational outreach focuses on providing educational and performance opportunities to underserved districts in the greater San Diego area, focusing on at-risk youth in the city’s Southeast neighborhoods.
La Jolla Music Society Information
- Venues: Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (1008 Wall Street, La Jolla); Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego); Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Avenue, San Diego); Copley Symphony Hall (1245 7th Avenue, San Diego); Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall (5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego); La Jolla Cove – Scripps Park (1133 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla); La Jolla Riford Library (7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla); MCASD Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect Street, La Jolla); Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego); San Diego Civic Theatre (1100 Third Avenue, San Diego); and the Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad)
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 50 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($25–$95) depending on event and seating choice
- Group Discounts: 10% for groups of 10-14; 20% for groups of 15 or more
- Subscriptions: Subscription series include Celebrity Orchestra Series, Frieman Family Piano Series, Revelle Chamber Music Series, Jazz, Dance, and Discovery Series. Each series includes approximately three performances; subscription prices vary ($75–$280) depending on series and seating category.