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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Women In Art To New Composers

 February 21, 2020 at 8:36 AM PST

Speaker 1: 00:00 We have a music field we can preview for you today with a string quartet performing a West coast premiere of a brand new Matthew Aucoin composition, a combination illustration and songwriter performance in Oceanside and a selection of world premieres by San Diego composers. Plus what's closing soon in San Diego? Joining me as KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans with all the details. Julia, welcome. Hey Alison. So now the renowned Brentano quartet is coming to town to perform three pieces at the Conrad tonight. What are they performing? Well, they're doing a really traditional piece by Mozart, one of his many string quartets, not one of his more popular, our frequently performed pieces, but it's part of a series of quartets. The young composer dedicated to Haydn. He credits him with showing him that the quartet structure had these infinite possibilities and they're also performing a quartet by Ravel. Let's listen to a bit of Maurice Ravel string quartet inF major Speaker 2: 01:06 [inaudible]. Speaker 1: 01:13 This piece is really unexpected, which is par for the course for the French composer, but this is the only string quartet he ever wrote. He wrote it when he was still a student. We just heard a clip from the second movement, which starts out really brightly, but it quickly delves into something a little more dark, a little more contemplated now it was the LA Jolla music society co commissioned a new work by Matthew Aucoin for the Brentano quartet to play. Tell us about that. Yes, this is pretty exciting because Matthew Aucoin is, he's a brilliant young composer and conductor. He gets curated last year's hearing the future festival for the San Diego symphony, so we got a little sense for his style and his work then and this piece, which is his first string quartet. It's about human attention and obsession and it was written specifically for that Brentano quartet also. Speaker 1: 02:01 It's so new. It's only been performed a few times and there are no recordings, so if you want to hear that, you'll need to head out to hear the retina quartet at the Conrad in LA Jolla tonight at 8:00 PM no, Saturday, the Athenaeum art center in the bread and salt complex and barrier Logan is host to a showcase of experimental new compositions. Who are they? Composers. Well, the cool part about this program is that much other work's being performed by the composers with their frequent collaborators. Christopher Warren, who curated the show will perform new work of his own along with the piece by Joe Garrison for solo bass clarinet and the duo Christopher and Dinah Apple. Tell us about that work. Well, they're all sort of themed around time, which is pretty important to music at Christopher Warren's piece. The six parallels that fractured time. It's the six movement composition explores what might happen if you time travel through space, then return back only to discover that instead of everything being the way you left, you've actually broken time. It sounds a bit terrifying, but the music's actually pastoral and lovely. Definitely feels new and Spacey though. Well, let's listen to a part of the the six perils of fractured time by Christopher Warren Speaker 2: 03:24 [inaudible] [inaudible]. Speaker 1: 03:36 Wow. Beautiful. What else can we expect in this performance? So Joe Garrison, he's a prolific composer in San Diego. A lot of critics use words like reclusive and underrated. When they describe him, he'll be debuting a selection of new works. They're also world premiers. Christen Dinah Apple have a collaborative composition. Christopher Apple is a stunning violinist and Dana is a dancer and choreographer, so she'll also be dancing. So that's the visceral infinities that's taking place this Saturday at seven 30 at the Athenaeum art center in Barrio Logan. Now let's move on. The Hill street country club kicks off their first exhibition of 2020 with a solo show by a loafer linic Gould on Saturday. Tell us about Hillstreet country club. Uh, it's an Oceanside nonprofit art space, not an actual country club. Their philosophy is that they are providing space for artists in a way that's free from their restraints of generational wealth. Speaker 1: 04:32 So it's a place for artists developing their work to show on a curated institutional level regardless of whether they come from a place of privilege. What kind of work will the loofa Lani gold be showing? Oh, she is an Oceanside based artist and she draws on her black identity and the folklore of her Samoan heritage and creating these illustrations that are really comic inspired. They're intricate grids and panels and a lot of self portraiture and nostalgia. She's also a singer songwriter with this timeless other worldly voice and she'll perform at the opening reception. Let's listen to her Speaker 2: 05:19 [inaudible]. Speaker 3: 05:20 Everything's boring. [inaudible] and yes, you can shoot a guy in crack. It goes, uh, who are shatter too that the swell Burberry's awry. Speaker 1: 05:38 That's the voice of Lofa linic gold, who opens a new exhibition at the Hillstreet country club in Oceanside with an opening reception and musical performance on Saturday at seven o'clock. And in the weekly KPBS arts newsletter, you always include a list of what's closing soon. And tell us about that this weekend. Yes, it's your last chance to abstract revolution, which is San Diego museum of arts. Special exhibition of women in the abstract expressionism movement has works by a lot of great women, including Lee Krasner who was married to Jackson Pollock and often lived and worked in the shadow of that reputation. But her work is phenomenal in its own right. The exhibition closes on Sunday. We'll thank you. So be sure to subscribe to the weekly kbps arts newsletter to get stories, news, and events like these incentives aren't seen. You can sign up and find more arts events at kpbs.org/arts thanks very much, Julia. Thank you. I've been speaking with KP vis, arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans.

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The Brentano Quartet performs new work by Matthew Aucoin, world premieres from new San Diego composers at Visceral Infinities, Alofa La'Nique Gould opens a solo show at Hill Street Country Club and SDMA's exhibit of women in abstract expressionism closes this weekend
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