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soundON Festival of Modern Music


Location: Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street
Dates: January 4 at 7:30 through January 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Prices range from $10 to $70
Age Restrictions: None

There are always interesting and fun events happening around San Diego, but sometimes there are events worth the trip out of town. For music lovers, there are events ranging from concerts to funk performances combined with psychedelic art.The annual soundOn Festival is a musical event worth the drive to La Jolla.

This year marks the 11th year that the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library and San Diego New Music have created and hosted a soundOn Festival. This year’s festival’s theme and name is Voyages. There will be four days of concerts, live musical performances, educational workshops and lectures. This year’s events have been carefully curated by Mark Menzies, a viola and violin virtuoso and respected pianist, conductor and chamber musician.

Four Days of Musical Fun and Education

One of the best things about the soundON Festival is that it allows those who are passionate about modern music to connect with one another and globally celebrated musicians in a more informal setting than a traditional concert. In some ways, the whole event is a showcase of incredible talent and an eye-opening exploration about unique interpretations of modern music. Both those pursuing an education or career in music and those who love contemporary music will be thrilled by the passionate performances at soundOn.

The event kicks off on Thursday, January 4, with the “Exotic Images from an Inner Journey” performance by NOISE. On Saturday, January 6, there will be another performance by NOISE at 7:30 p.m., entitled “…To Serenade Even the Unfortunate Path.” Finally, on Sunday, January 7, NOISE will perform “It Matters Not the Destination” at 2 p.m., wrapping up the festival.

Between those performances, however, there will be a plethora of opportunities to learn about and enjoy the art of modern music. For example, on Saturday the 6th at noon, three will a soundON workshop intended to help local student musicians better understand and even perform contemporary music.



You can purchase tickets for the 11th soundON Festival of Modern Music online, with a four-day festival pass costing $55 for members, $25 for students and $70 for nonmembers. You can also buy tickets to individual concerts in the series for $10 as a student, $20 as a member or $25 as a nonmember. There are online ticketing fees associated with the purchase.