La Jolla Symphony, Balboa Park Collaborate for Unique Outdoor Musical Experience

la jolla symphonyThe La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is proud to announce a special performance in collaboration with Balboa Park: more than 80 musicians will perform Sila: The Breath of the World outdoors at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on September 27 at 3pm. This one-time, unique performance will be orchestrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams and is part of the celebration for Balboa Park’s Centennial year.

The performance will be a totally immersive and exploratory experience, as viewers will have the freedom to wander throughout the garden while the 80-member orchestra sits staggered across the hilly terrain. Every viewer will have a shared, yet individual, sensory experience throughout the 70-minute piece.

Sila: The Breath of the World is especially unique in that there is no conductor during its live performances, entrusting the musicians and chorus to keep pacing and time individually. The piece will be made up of five separate ensembles, with 16 members each of percussion, woodwinds, strings, brass and voices, stationed throughout the garden. These separate ensembles will weave through the piece, some playing simultaneously, others in succession or even independently; each musician is a soloist who plays or sings a unique part at her or his own pace.

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“The La Jolla Symphony is privileged to have the opportunity to perform this breathtaking piece by John Luther Adams at the Japanese Friendship Garden on behalf of the park’s 100th year celebration,” said Diane Salisbury, Executive Director of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Being just one of only nine organizations chosen to participate in the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration, the collaboration is sure to be an incredible and exclusive event with a Pulitzer- and Grammy-award winning composer.

This event will be free and open to the public; no reservations required. For more details on the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, or for information and ticketing for the current 2014-2015 season, please visit their website.

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Emily Ruchlewicz

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