La Jolla Music Society Boasts Big SummerFest, More at ‘State of Conrad’ Event for Boosters

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La Jolla Music Society executives report on “State of the Conrad” earlier this month. Photo credit: Courtesy, LJMS

More than 200 supporters and patrons of the La Jolla Music Society gathered this month for the inaugural “State of The Conrad” event, which included news of a new ticket revenue record.

From the stage of the Baker-Baum Concert Hall at the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, President and CEO Todd Schultz presented milestones and successes from the past season and outlined the company’s plans for the future. .

Achievements included:

  • To be the first organization in the region to kick off a full season after California lifts COVID restrictions.
  • SummerFest 2021, with 70 concerts and events over three weeks, followed by a full winter season with 54 performances.
  • Audiences begin to approach pre-pandemic levels by the end of the winter season, with 12 of the last 15 concerts exceeding sales targets.
  • The growth of SummerFest. The event offered 90 concerts and events over four weeks in August and set a new ticket revenue record for the festival.
  • Gala WinterFest and Gala SummerFest both set new fundraising records earlier this year.
  • More than 10,000 people throughout San Diego County are served through the organization’s extensive learning and engagement programs.
  • The Conrad hosts 96 rental dates, including bookings from the San Diego Symphony, Camarada, Art of Elan, San Diego Opera and San Diego Ballet.
  • Organizing private events at The Conrad, from the San Diego Unified Visual and Performing Arts Foundation gala to proms for The Bishop’s School and La Jolla High School. Others include bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and many corporate events.

The company’s new season kicked off on October 8 and continues on Sunday with British saxophonist Jess Gillam and pianist Thomas Weaver. Additionally, on October 29, students from Mission Bay High School’s music programs perform at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall.

Musicians will also deploy to the community to work with students at several San Diego schools, including Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Correia Middle School and Challenger Middle School.

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