- Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2010-11)
- Le Poème de l’extase by Alexander Scriabin (1905-08)
- Lachrimae by Bryce Dessner (2012)
- Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1804-08)
The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus' 62nd season samples music that composers wrote at the rich midpoint of their careers. In many cases, these works acted as pivots and became jumping-off points for new arcs of musical development in the composers' later years. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus opens the season with what may be the most famous music ever written, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, premiered when Beethoven was 38. The classic monumentality of No. 5 contrasts sharply with the steamy sensuality of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, composed when Scriabin was 36. In more recent years, Thorvaldsdottir and Dessner similarly sketched colorful accounts of newer musical landscapes.