La Jolla Music Society carries forward a distinguished tradition reaching back to the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla founded in 1941 by Nikolai Sokoloff, former conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. The Society’s reputation is founded on presenting music, from chamber ensembles, orchestras, and soloists to jazz and dance groups, to a knowledgeable, discerning audience. In addition, the Society’s annual SummerFest, directed by violinist Cho-Liang Lin has grown into an internationally-acclaimed music festival.
La Jolla Music Society has a unique partnership with the Community Music Center (CMC), providing music education and performance opportunities to at-risk elementary school children in Southeast San Diego. Recognized by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, the CMC reaches out to a new generation in an underserved community.
La Jolla Music Society’s cultural influence in San Diego continues to grow as the Society itself matures. The Society’s annual events are becoming woven into the fabric of San Diego’s cultural life, and while the foundations of the Society – presenting high-quality concerts and encouraging an appreciation of music throughout San Diego – have not changed, La Jolla Music Society continues to evolve. As we look forward to our 40th year, the Society is poised to experience continued growth under President and Artistic Director Christopher Beach.