Once you leave San Diego’s sheltered university campuses, the curious local music aficionado is unlikely to encounter with ease performances of serious contemporary music. At Copley Symphony Hall, for example, it has remained an endangered species for some time. Fortunately, series such as Art of Élan and Fresh Sound have provided dependable oases of new…

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Celebrating Complexity, the title of Saturday evening’s (Jan. 10) 2015 soundON Festival of Modern Music performance at the La Jolla Athenaeum, succinctly describes this festival’s aesthetic profile and the intention of its resident ensemble—not accidentally called NOISE . . .

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