The second Friday of each month, come take a journey through different genres in the performing arts! Enjoy performances by top talent from the region and beyond, with artists offering insights into their world during these engaging, free events.
Looking for Opera Previews and This is Jazz? Both programs are now part of Front Row Fridays, which offers performances in both opera and jazz, and beyond!
Performances begin at 7 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.
San Diego Opera: Opera Exposed!: Jan. 11
Opera Exposed!is a community engagement concert series featuring members of San Diego Opera's Young Artist Training Program, with Indonesian pianist and coach Ines Irawati as Music and Artistic Director. These exceptional young artists bring engaging and exciting performances of dramatically charged excerpts from operatic repertoire throughout the Greater San Diego Area.
OC British Invaders: Feb. 8
Dressed in 1960’s black Nehru Suits, this four-member band, The OC British Invaders, plays the exact vintage instruments while performing music from all the great English groups. From The Animals to The Zombies, it’s all there: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and more. Come celebrate the British Invasion in retro style!
LITVAKdance: Reimagining Suffrage: March 8
LITVAKdance‘s spring season will be comprised of work by four female choreographers of different generations and multifaceted histories. Reimagining Suffrage takes a fresh look at the right to equality through the lens of the 1890-1920 women's suffrage movement that also includes and considers race, class and gender identity. The suite is comprised of three pieces; a quartet Finding Home, a duet loosely based on La Ronde (a racy play from 1897) and a solo inspired by the life of Jenny Scripps, pioneer of La Jolla arts and culture, and by Sadie's mother, San Diego dance pioneer Betzi Roe.
The Library at Night with Colin McAllister: April 12
Drawing inspiration from Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night, a series of essays on the idea of the library, Colin McAllister’s captivating recital takes the listener on a literary, musical and historical journey through time and place. The compelling selection of music includes masters of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque polyphony, the first “Golden Age” of the guitar, sensual rhythms from Latin America and a newly commissioned work, Spines, by award-winning composer Christopher Adler.
The Filharmonic: May 10
The Filharmonic, an LA-based a cappella group of Filipino-American performers who were featured in NBC’S hit musical competition, The Sing-Off, has much to sing about. The five-piece vocal group were featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, Pitch Perfect 2, and were a viral sensation after their first Late Late Show appearance and have since become a recurring act, performing alongside the likes of James Cordon, Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and more. The Filharmonic brings their unique blend of hip hop, pop and 90's nostalgia and was named the number one college booked entertainment group in 2016.
Turn It Up Band Competition Finals: June 14, 2019
Come celebrate the beginning of summer as we kick off the TGIF Concerts in the Parks 2019 season with the inaugural Turn It Up Band Competition! Through a partnership with the Museum of Making Music and MiraCosta Community College, local bands with members ages 18-25 entered for a chance to make the short list, culminating in this event featuring two bands selected as finalists performing live for renowned judges. The winner will go on to open for a 2019 TGIF concert. See them here first before they make it big!