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2024 Concert Season

We are pleased to announce our 2024 Concert Season with two exciting series. The first series, Sound of the Border | Sonido de la Frontera, will be held at Mingei International Museum. The series is inspired by a Mingei exhibit, La Frontera, and will delve into the vibrant cultural landscape of the U.S.-Mexico border.  The second series, Mesmerizing Melodies from Three Ancient Lands, held at the La Jolla Community Center, will showcase the cross-cultural exchange of musical ideas between three distant lands along ancient trade routes.

Tickets

General Seating: $35 – $40
VIP Seating: $50 – $55
General Admission Series Pass: $100
VIP Series Pass: $145

Tickets to concerts in the Sound of the Border | Sonido de la Frontera series include admission to the performance and access to Mingei International Museum’s Gallery Level ($14 value) after 4 PM on the day of the performance. The Commons Level is free for all.

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Sound of the Border | Sonido de la Frontera

Mingei International Museum – 7:30 PM

Sound of the Border | Sonido de la Frontera is a concert series centered around the vibrant cultural dynamism along the U.S.-Mexico border. Inspired by the ‘La Frontera’ exhibit at Mingei International Museum, this series explores the essence of this borderland represented by three musical traditions.

In this border region music acts as a powerful form of social and cultural activism and as a way to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of inhabitants on both sides of la fronteraSonido de la Frontera is dedicated to highlighting the role of music as a transformative and unifying force.

Audiences who take this musical journey will resonate with the stories, the resilience, and the distinctive yet interconnected human experiences that define this unique cultural space.

Three drummers
January 12th: Uniting Cultures through Drums and Percussion
Featuring Drummers Without Borders


February 9th
: Songs and Activism in the Borderlands
Featuring Martha Gonzalez and Tylana Enomoto

March 8th: Celebrating Mexican Musical Heritage
Featuring Hermanos Herrera


Mesmerizing Melodies from Three Ancient Lands

La Jolla Community Center – 7:30 PM

In this concert series we explore three traditions that have exchanged musical ideas for at least a thousand years along ancient trade routes from Western China through Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and North Africa all the way to Morocco and Southern Spain.

Throughout this huge area of the globe, melody is king. We will be treated to the incredibly virtuosic melodies of South Indian classical (Carnatic) music; the haunting, emotionally charged melodies of Persian classical music; and the extraordinarily subtle, delicate elaboration of “microtonal” melodies in Turkish classical music.

Each performance in this series promises an immersive odyssey into the very nature of melody and its ability to touch the human heart and fill the souls of listeners, no matter where in the world they come from.


April 12th: The Timeless Heritage of Carnatic Music
Featuring the Muralikrishnan Carnatic Quartet


May 10th: Namad Ensemble: A Performance in Dastgâh Segâh and Dastgâh Nava
Featuring the Namad Ensemble


June 14th: Discovering the Soul of Turkish Music
Featuring Münir Beken


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The Muralikrishnan Carnatic Quartet: The Timeless Heritage of Carnatic Music

The Muralikrishnan Carnatic Quartet: The Timeless Heritage of Carnatic Music

La Jolla Community Center

Friday, April 12, 2024  |  7:30 PM

Experience a special presentation by the Muralikrishnan Carnatic Quartet, featuring Carnatic (South Indian classical) music virtuoso Rose Muralikrishnan. Join us for an evening filled with evocative melodies, elaborate improvisations, and compelling rhythms.

Tickets

General Seating: $40
VIP Seating: $55
General Admission Series Pass: $100
VIP Series Pass: $145

Please purchase tickets online. These performances sell out well in advance. Tickets are transferrable but non-refundable.


Rose Muralikrishnan
Dr. Rose Muralikrishnan received her advanced vocal training from the late Dr. Madras Lalithangi Vasanthakumari, a legendary vocalist in the Carnatic music tradition of South India. She has performed and conducted musical ensembles at many international music festivals at some of the finest music venues around the world. These include the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, UCSD’s  Mandeville Theater, and others.

Rose received her bachelor’s degree in South Indian Music Performance and Theory from Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, India. She then received her master’s degree in Carnatic Music from the University of Madras and eventually earned her Doctorate in Music from Madurai.

As an adjunct professor of South Indian music at San Diego State University in 1991, she lectured at several universities including UCSD, UCLA, UCSB, and USC.  In India, she served as principal of the Carnatic music school at the Santhome Communication Center in Chennai. Before joining the center, she was a music instructor at the Jiddu Krishnamurthy Foundation’s famous Rishi Valley School.

Dr. Muralikrishnan is a founder, CEO, and artistic director of Spring Nectar Foundation for Indian Music and Heritage in Cerritos, CA. Her compositions have won recognition at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, where the Spring Nectar Ensemble, of which she is conductor, performed. Her production Gayaka Vadhya Brundham, staged for the first time in the United States at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, in June 1996, revived for SoCal audiences an Indian art form called vadhya brundham (orchestral music).

Dr. Muralikrishnan is one of the very few women composers and music directors in her field. Several famous performers such as Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, Sudha Raghunathan, Rajkumar Bharathi have sung under her musical direction. Muralikrishnan has also composed and directed music for many dance dramas as well as Indian opera productions. 

She will be joined by Carnatic veena and keyboard virtuoso N. Muralikrishnan (NMK) on the veena and Carnatic and Western vocalist Dr. Amrithavarshini (#themusicaldoc) on Carnatic vocals, keyboard and veena. A mridangam artist (to be announced) will join the team to provide rhythmic accompaniment.

For more information visit www.rosemuralikrishnan.com.


This is the first concert of the series Mesmerizing Melodies from Three Ancient Lands. Click here to join our newsletter for more information about upcoming concerts.

Upcoming concerts in this series:
May 10th: Kourosh Taghavi: A Performance in Dastgah Segah and Dastgah Nava
June 14th: Münir Beken: Discovering the Soul of Turkish Music


2024 CONCERT SEASON AMBASSADOR

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GRANT SUPPORT

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Financial support was provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.