The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is pleased to announce the schedule for the Fall 2023 Concert Series! Now in its 68th season, this signature program of the San Diego Central Library continues to provide free concerts for the downtown community and will feature local musicians as well as ensembles from across the United States!
There are many highlights in this Fall Series. Duo 彩 AYA, from Texas, and Georgia’s Elaris Duo will make their Central Library debuts with dynamic performances of masterworks and new compositions. Local favorite guitarist Fred Benedetti will join cellist Erica Erenyi for an afternoon of works by French and Latin American composers.
Don’t miss the second year of our partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony! The Central Library will host their Concerto Competition this November, featuring some of San Diego’s most talented young musicians.
In addition, the Library is excited to announce a new series in collaboration with the highly acclaimed Hausmann Quartet! The Library’s Picture This Film Series and Concert Series are teaming up to feature live performances of film music! Stay tuned for more details about this new offering.
Central Library Concert Series programs are FREE and open to the public with first come, first served seating.
Please note: Dates and times vary this season, please check concert details carefully.
You will find additional information about these concerts on our Events Calendar.
Upcoming Concerts: Fall 2023 Concert Series
Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 2:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Erica Erenyi, cello | Fred Benedetti, guitar
The Fall Series continues with a performance featuring the unique pairing of classical guitar and cello. Virtuoso guitarist Fred Benedetti and cellist Erica Erenyi will feature works by Fauré, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, & more.
San Diego Baroque
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 6:30 pm | Shiley Events Suite (9th Floor)
Isaac Allen | Batya MacAdam-Somer | Alex Greenbaum | Alison Luedecke| MaryRuth Miller
“Italian Splendor: Instrumental and Vocal Works by Vivaldi, Handel and Corelli”
*Please note: This concert will take place in the 9th Floor Shiley Events Suite
The Hausmann Quartet Presents: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Monday, November 6, 2023 | 6:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
New Series! A Picture This + Concert Series Premiere!
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920; NR; Horror/Mystery; 74 minutes)
The Hausmann Quartet will perform Stephen Prutsman’s original, live music with a screening of this classic silent film!
Duo 彩 AYA
Sunday, November 19, 2023 | 2:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Rachel Woolf, flute | Makana Jimbu, marimba
Woolf and Jimbu's performance will highlight contemporary works for marimba and flute by Gareth Farr, Evan Williams, Fumihiro Ono, Miriama Young, & more
Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 2:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Larisa Elisha, violin | Stephen Elisha, cello
“Masterpieces for Violin-Cello Duo”
The Elaris Duo will close the Fall Series with a performance featuring works by Boccherini, Mozart, and Kodály.
PLUS: Back for the 2nd year!
San Diego Youth Symphony Concerto Competition 2023
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 6:00 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
SDYS finalists will perform for a panel of judges, and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the concert
Programs and artists are subject to change
Please browse our Encore Concert Series YouTube page for recordings of previous concert performances.
The Central Library Concert Series has been a San Diego Public Library signature program since the 1950s and features local, national, and international chamber musicians.
The Concert Series is made possible by the Friends of the Central Library, the San Diego Public Library matching fund program, the San Diego Library Foundation, and public and private donations. All programs are FREE and open to the public. Most Concert Series programs are approximately one hour long with no intermission and are held at the Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown in East Village, San Diego. For more information, call the Central Library's Art, Music and Recreation Section at 619-236-5800.
Artists and programs are subject to change.
Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. The Auditorium is across the courtyard from the library entrance.
When: Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Programs usually last one hour with no intermission.
Cost: Programs are free and open to the public.
Parking: Two hours of free parking with validation are available at the library, and additional parking is available at public spaces within walking distance of the library. The Central Library is two blocks from the Park & Market trolley stop.