2017 soundOn Festival of Modern Music


Workshops, Panel Discussions, Open Rehearsals, and Chamber Music Concerts


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce the 10th Annual SoundON Festival of Modern Music, a four-day long series of concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and art.


The Athenaeum and San Diego New Music celebrate the 10th anniversary of soundON Festival of Modern Music with a program curated by NOISE percussionist Morris Palter. SOUNDSTREAMS features works awash of aural awareness by current and former San Diego composers, including Benjamin Sabey, former San Diego New Music executive director Nathan Brock, and NOISE cellist Franklin Cox, and works by New Zealand composer Chris Cree Brown, French composer Betsy Jolas, and American maverick James Tenney. Evocative of sonic panoramas, these works are foundational in their motive, yet sweeping in their inference.


RISING CURRENTS I & II feature established and newly established composers. While individually creative in their compositional explorations, collectively they represent composers who derive their strength from dynamic internal forces that connect them intimately to their immediate surroundings, be they natural, urban, or cultural. We will be joined by guest composers James Romig, Benjamin Sabey, and Andrew Staniland. The January 7 evening event of RISING CURRENTS I will feature a world premiere of Festival of Whispers by composer Matthew Burtner, which will be presented in conjunction with an installation during the festival. Festival of Whispers was commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in honor of the 20th anniversary collaboration with San Diego New Music and the 10th anniversary of SoundOn Festival. 


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, together with San Diego New Music, presents the soundON Festival of Modern Music, annually in January. The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. Featuring performances by NOISE and Affiliated Artists, the multi-day festival format allows us to present unconventional works in an informal and enjoyable setting. We also reach out to young artists and audiences through an interactive workshop to build a new generation of new music supporters and artists. Now in its tenth year, the soundON Festival has become a fixture in the musical landscape of San Diego.


Lisa Cella, flute
Colin McAllister, guitar and conductor
Mark Menzies, violin
Franklin Cox, cello
Robert Zelickman, clarinet
Christopher Adler, piano


Stephanie Aston, soprano
Kyle Adam Blair, piano 
Fiona Digney, percussion
Sean Dowgray, percussion 
Michael Matsuno, flute  




Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037




Festival Pass: $55 members / $70 nonmembers 

Individual Concerts: $20 members / $25 nonmembers / $5 students


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