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2018-19 SEASON

The Stories We Tell

The vast array of narrative forms in our social lives—epic poetry, songs, soap operas, symphonies, books, urban legends, films, and family anecdotes—reveals to us a fundamental truth about ourselves: humans are prodigious storytellers. Woven into the very fabric of our being, narrative meaningfully assembles our experiences, allows us to empathize with others, helps us make sense of our pasts, and casts vision for new possibilities. Music’s interaction with story draws listeners into an enveloping, multidimensional journey that plumbs the depths of perception, emotion, and interpretation, bringing these undercurrents into the sensory realm. We have invited each of our curators, all of whom are based in San Diego, to present their take on storytelling through music. Whether offering a fresh perspective on familiar stories or offering a post-modern exploration of storytelling itself, their creative selections invite us to reflect on the stories that we tell, and glimpse new horizons of storytelling through the immersive world of sound.

October 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM — Organized Ruckus, Solemn Stillness

Curated by Charissa Noble
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

November 14, 2018 | 7:30 PM —Disparate Voices

Curated by Batya MacAdam-Somer
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

January 10-13, 2019 — soundON Festival of Modern Music

Curated by Franklin Cox and Christopher Adler
Featuring repertoire by Jason Eckardt, Erin Gee, Sungji Hong, Derek Keller, Christopher Adler, Lei Liang, and world premieres by Franklin Cox and James Erber

March 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM — Aeneas in the Underworld

World premiere of a spoken-word oratorio by San Diego composer Christopher Adler, featuring guitarist Colin McAllister
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

April 16, 2019 | 7:30 PM — Special North County Event: Made in San Diego

A concert featuring works created by composers in San Diego, performed by San Diego players
Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad, CA

May 2, 2019 | 7:30 PM — In the Land of Forgotten Dreams

Curated by Susan Narucki
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA



  • On each event page, the ticket link will take you to the website of our venue (the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library) or directly to a Vendini page, which the Athenaeum uses to sell tickes. Tickets to all events may also be purchased at the door.
  • Seating is general admission. The venue is small but be there when doors open (approximately 30 minutes before the show) to have your choice of the best seats.
  • Dress is California casual. Come as you are and stay for the wine-and-cheese reception after the concert where you will have a chance to chat with the artists and other concertgoers.
  • Please no photos or recording during the concert. But do take photos before and after and share them on our Facebook page!
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