Now open in San Diego: “Maestro Jahja Ling” museum exhibit

Posted on: September 4, 2018

“In just the last year, Jahja Ling, the conductor laureate of the San Diego Symphony, has traveled to Taiwan, Singapore and his hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia,” writes Beth Wood in Thursday’s (8/30) San Diego Union Tribune. “But to attend the exhibit that will trace and honor his life and career, Ling won’t need to go far. Located right in his longtime neighborhood, the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday opens the world-premiere exhibition of ‘Maestro Jahja Ling.’ The San Diego Symphony’s music director from 2004 to 2017, Ling was the first conductor of Chinese descent to become a music director of a major orchestra in the United States.… On display will be performance videos, many of Ling’s plaques and awards, some of his personal correspondence, and more than 200 photographs.… The museum will feature excerpts of music, which Ling helped choose. [As part of] an interactive display … a person standing at the small podium will be able to wave a baton at a trombone or a snare drum, for example, and hear that specific sound.” Says Wendy Wilson-Gibson, the museum’s executive director, “We tell the story of Jahja as a person and show what a conductor does.”

Posted September 4, 2018