2019-20 Season | A Few Words from our Executive Director

Thor Steingraber

This catalog (View Here) is meant to inspire your curiosity. We’ve grouped artists on its pages to give you a head start in making selections, but we encourage you to explore and hope you will consider a Choose 5 package.

The upcoming season is animated by a common theme — masters and masterpieces. How better to make that point than opening the season with violinist Itzhak Perlman! He is joined throughout the season by instrumentalists and conductors who are top in the field, influential jazz artists who shaped the past and are setting a course for the future, and ballet dancers who embody the grace and power forged by years of rigorous training. For the first time, we offer three full-length ballets, all masterpieces. And we will bring to life the music of two masterful songwriters — Lin-Manuel Miranda and Randy Newman.

In 2019–20, we also bring our most impactful project yet, Violins of Hope. In partnership with five other Southern California music and culture organizations, we’re bringing here from Israel 60 musical instruments, each “survivors” of the Holocaust. They will be featured in concerts, exhibits, and a yearlong education program at schools throughout the San Fernando Valley. Having recently spent time with some of these instruments, I assure you that their presence is awe-inspiring. More so, the stories of the men and women who once possessed these violins strengthen our collective resolve to confront many difficult and timely issues.

With Violins of Hope, our theme Music Knows No Borders is once again the banner that guides us, shaping our aspirations as an organization that holds up the performing arts as a vital part of our lives and our communities.

Thor Steingraber
Executive Director