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Camarada Brings Audiences Heart-To-Heart


Camarada’s mission for 29 years has been to create connections between its San Diego audiences, its artists, and the music. Now Camarada brings that mission to the forefront of its 2023-2024 season, Heart-to-Heart, with a calendar featuring a variety of heart-wrenching musical masterpieces, cozy jazz standards, passionate tango performances, and more, including multiple world premiere performances.

Fall 2023 kicks off with Music Beneath the Trees, performed both at the Mingei International Museum and Barrio Logan’s Bread & Salt galleries, giving audiences multiple ways to experience a “musical picnic” of pieces by Anton Diabelli, Claude Bolling, and more, as well as a world premiere by Camarada’s Composer-in-Residence Andrés Martín. The fall also sees the return of Music SHE Wrote, a concert dedicated to celebrating the oft-overlooked music of female composers, with thrilling compositions by Valerie Colman, Libby Larsen, Amy Beach, and Gabriela Lena Frank, featuring San Diego favorite, soprano Tasha Koontz.

Coming back as well from a sold-out run at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center is Charlie Brown Jingles & JAZZ. Now offering two nights of performances to accommodate demand, Charlie Brown Jingles & JAZZ lights up the holidays with Peter Sprague’s toe-tapping arrangements of A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring dazzling vocals by Allison Adams Tucker.

The start of the new year brings a world premiere for Camarada, In Search of Time, written by composer Stefan Cwik and inspired by the art of Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio as part of Camarada’s 2024 Composers Circle commission. This artistic melding of minds will be performed in UC San Diego’s Park & Market venue, celebrating Camarada’s return to the innovative downtown space. Camarada then returns to its tango roots with Tango Buenos Aires, inspired in part by its Summer 2023 Tango Tour in Buenos Aires. The Tango Camarada quartet will be joined onstage by thrilling tango dance and will be premiere Camarada’s second 2024 commission, a fiery piece by Andrés Martín.

In the spring of 2024, Camarada dives into the music of two disparate composers – Antônio Carlos Jobim and Antonio Vivaldi. Part of Camarada’s Music of the Americas series, Estrada do Sol takes audiences to Jobim’s Brazil, with works arranged by Peter Sprague. Back at the Conrad, Camarada uncovers long-lost musical treasures in Vivaldi’s Magic, a concert featuring the music of Vivaldi accompanied by music of his era by composers such as Santiago de Murcia, as well as contemporary works by Manuel Ponce and living Mexican composer José Enrique González-Medina.

Rounding out the season, Flutology immerses audiences in a “triple flute jazz jam” at the Mingei International Museum, featuring flutists Holly Hofmann and Tripp Sprague alongside Camarada Artistic Director Beth Ross Buckley. Finally, Soundtrax brings the screen to the stage, with inventive arrangements of movie, television, and video game scores by John Williams, Nino Rota, and visiting composer Gilad Cohen.

Tickets can be bought in series packages or for individual concerts. Series tickets are on sale now, with individual tickets going on sale June 15. Learn more at camarada.org.



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