September 27, 2015 at 3:00pm
Steven Schick and the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presented the regional premiere of a site-determined work by 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams. “Sila: The Breath of the World,” performed outdoors in the Japanese Friendship Garden, was written for multiple “choirs” of woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion instruments, and voice. Up to 80 musicians were strategically arranged throughout the Garden to create sound coming out of the earth and rising to the sky. Listeners were free to move around the performance space during the concert-length piece, discovering their own individual listening points and hearing the counterpoint between the composed music and the never-ending sounds of the performance site. The event was free.