2018 soundOn Festival of Modern Music

Voyages, January 4-7, 2018

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


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce Voyages, the 11th Annual soundON Festival of Modern Music. The four-day long series of concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and art is curated by Mark Menzies.


From Thursday, January 4, to Sunday, January 7, the soundON Festival of Modern Music, a collaboration between San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum, returns to our library for its 11th season. Entitled Voyages, under the leadership of curator and longtime NOISE member, violinist Mark Menzies, the festival will explore the connectedness people are afforded in the 21st century. Featuring a world premiere, commissioned by the Athenaeum and composed by Juan Campoverde Q., NOISE and Menzies will celebrate their ability to travel to the corners of the earth, and yet remain artistic collaborators and friends.


Currently living in Christchurch, New Zealand, Menzies returns to Southern California each winter to perform with the NOISE ensemble in residence (Lisa Cella, Colin McAllister, Mark Menzies, Franklin Cox, Robert Zelickman, Christopher Adler, and Morris Palter) at the soundON Festival, while maintaining an active performing career. This year the festival features works by international composers, including Anne LeBaron, Katharaina Rosenberger, Toshio Hosowaka, Juan Pablo Contreras, Liza Lim, Roger Reynolds, Samuel Holloway, Adam Greene, Glenda Keam, and Antonio Gervasoni.


SDNM is also proud to present the soundON Workshop, on Saturday, January 6, at 12 pm, providing local student musicians with the unique opportunity to engage with and perform contemporary music. Other soundON Festival Concert dates are Thursday, January 4, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, January 6, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm.


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 eleventh 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
Morris Palter, percussion


*Lisa Cella will not participate this year. Her parts are being divided by Rachel Beetz (Thursday & Saturday) and Michael Matsuno (Sunday).


Anne LeBaron, harp and composer

Juan Pablo Contreras, tenor and composer

Juan Campoverde Q., composer

Mona Tian, violin









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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