The crowd at the SummerFest 2014 kickoff concert. Courtesy La Jolla Music Society

The La Jolla Music Society’s annual SummerFest chamber music festival begins next month with premieres of new compositions and a weekend-long exploration of Shostakovich’s chamber music.

The nationally recognized festival begins Aug. 5 with a free concert at La Jolla Cove and continues through Aug. 28 at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorum with a repertoire of works spanning musical eras and performed by a roster of internationally renowned artists.

Highlights of and festival include:

  • Free, opening concert at 7 p.m., Aug. 5, in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove with works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Moszkowski and Bach.
  • Premiere chamber works by composers Joel Hoffman, Derek Bermel and Clarice Assad.
  • A salute to Dmitri Shostakovich with three curated programs of the Russian composer’s chamber music accompanied by lectures by musicologist Richard Taruskin.
  • A gala celebrating the best of the European classical music tradition and raising  funds for the society’s education and artistic programs.

Single-tickets prices range from $45-$75 and are on sale at 858-459-3728 or online at

Since its inception in 1986, SummerFest has welcomed over 800 artists and ensembles and over a quarter of a million audience members.

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