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2020 Winter/Spring Concert Series

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is pleased to announce the upcoming schedule for the 2020 Winter/Spring Central Library Concert Series. Performances by acclaimed San Diego musicians and concerts in partnership with San Diego's arts organizations and universities are just a few of the highlights awaiting our audiences. Since 1955, the Central Library Concert Series has hosted chamber music concerts and it continues to be one of the longest running concert series in the City. All performances are free, open to the public, and last approximately one hour.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium unless otherwise noted
Programs and artists are subject to change.

The David Borgo Jazz Quartet

The David Borgo Jazz Quartet
Sunday, January 19, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
David Borgo, saxophones and flutes; Alan Eicher, piano; Rob Thorsen, bass; Kevin Higuchi, drums
The David Borgo Jazz Quartet opens the 2020 season and will perform a selection of original compositions and arrangements of music from around the world, including Japan, South Africa, and Latin America.

Amber Liao

Amber Liao, piano
Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
New York based pianist Amber Liao will present a concert of music by Haydn, Schumann, Granados, and contemporary Asian female composers.

Still Life with Musical Instruments By Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten

Ritornello Baroque Collective
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Dennette McDermott, Flute; Ramon Negron, Violin/Viola; Leyla Zamora, Bassoon; Takae Ohnishi, Harpsichord; Alejandro Jenne, Theorbo
Baroque Affections: the Doctrine of Passions
Ritornello's program, Baroque Affections: The Doctrine of Passions or Affektenlehre explores the aesthetic of painting, music, and theater that was extensively used in the Baroque Era.

SDSU Chamber Music performing at the Central Library

SDSU Chamber Music Showcase
Sunday, March 22, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
SDSU School of Music and Dance, Arts Alive SDSU, and the Central Library present a chamber music showcase featuring top student ensembles representing the string, piano, wind, and brass chamber music programs at the school. Student chamber ensembles will perform side by side with mentors and ensembles in residence, the Hausmann Quartet and Westwind Brass. The program features chamber music repertoire spanning the centuries and is a celebration of SDSU’s strong commitment to the art of chamber music.

Duo Chinoiserie

Duo Chinoiserie
Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Music Without Borders: Interaction between East and West
Jing Xia, guzheng; Bin Hu, guitar
In partnership with the San Diego Guitar Festival, the Central Library welcomes Duo Chinoiserie, a world culture-inspired ensemble comprised of a traditional Chinese instrument and a western instrument – the guzheng and guitar. Their performance will include works by Bach, Huang/Zhou, Granados, and more.

Opera Exposed performer

Opera Exposed! Directed by Ines Irawati
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Opera Exposed! is a community engagement concert series featuring San Diego Opera's Young Artist Training Program members. These exceptional young artists bring engaging and exciting performances of dramatically charged excerpts from operatic repertoire throughout San Diego. This concert will also feature highlights and discussion of SD Opera’s upcoming performance of The Barber of Seville and The Falling and the Rising. Indonesian pianist and coach Ines Irawati is Music and Artistic Director.

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, unless otherwise noted, are held at 2:30 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium 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.

Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd. The Auditorium is across the courtyard from the Central Library entrance.

When: Sundays at 2:30 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.


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