light & renewal

light & renewal

FRIDAY, may 9, 2025

7:30 PM 


LSO welcomes virtuosic and mesmerizing guitarist JIJI to transport the listeners to springtime in the gardens of Spain with Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. JIJI will also perform light, beloved, a concerto written especially for her in 2018 by Natalie Dietterich. Following intermission, LSO performs Brahms’ beautiful Symphony No. 4, his final symphony which is at once complex and succinct, elegant and full of heart.


$20 | $40 ADULTS


Guest Artist

Photos by Cheonga Kim                                                                                       

jiij, guitar

Praised by The Washington Post for her “mesmerizing” and “stirring” performances, JIJI is an adventurous guitarist known for her virtuosity and command of diverse repertoire. Equally at home with both acoustic and electric guitar, her concert programs range from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation.

Through her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence, and commitment to commissioning and performing new musical works, JIJI has solidified her reputation as a top 21st century guitarist. In 2021, The Washington Post selected JIJI as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow,” and The Kansas City Star recently described her as “a graceful and nuanced player.” In recent seasons, JIJI has presented solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Lincoln Center; 92nd Street Y; Caramoor; Green Music Center; and the National Art Gallery, among other distinguished venues. Her performances have been featured on PBS (On Stage at Curtis), NPR’s From the Top, WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies (the Vice Channel), The Not So Late Show (Channel 6, Kansas), and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works. In 2016, she became the first guitarist in 30 years to secure first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition.

In 2023-2024, JIJI gives the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s Concerto for Electric Guitar with Robert Spano and the Curtis Orchestra, appears with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Asheville and Utah Symphonies, is presented in recital by the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Tippet Rise Arts Center, Placitas Artists Series, Celebrity Series of Boston, and La Jolla Music Society, and tours with violinist Danbi Um in Delaware, Houston, Halifax, New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin. 

JIJI has premiered solo and chamber works by a diverse range of musical artists, including Michael Gilbertson, Hilary Purrington, Shelley Washington, Kate Moore, Chris Rountree, Gulli Bjornsson, Molly Joyce, and Paul Lansky. In 2023, JIJI will release UNBOUND, the culmination of a multiyear commissioning and recording project. A sought-after and versatile collaborator, JIJI’s recent chamber and ensemble performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap Series; Cuarteto Latinoamericano; the Verona Quartet; Wildup; Duo Linu; and soprano Molly Netter, among others. During the 2022–23 season, JIJI will make her San Francisco Performances debut at Herbst Theater. 

JIJI has also gained a reputation as a sought-after concerto soloist. Recent appearances include performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; the Augusta Symphony; the Duluth Symphony Orchestra; Sinfonietta Riga; New West Symphony; New York Youth Symphony; American Composers Orchestra; Southwest Michigan Symphony; Kansas City Symphony; and more. Equally fluent in classical and contemporary genres, her interpretation of Joaquin Rodrigo’s landmark Concierto de Aranjuez has enthralled audiences across the country, and her premieres of new guitar concertos continue to break new ground. Over the last five years alone, JIJI has premiered three major concertos by composers Natalie Dietterich (LIGHT, BELOVED, 2018), Hilary Purrington (Harp of Nerves, 2019), and Krists Auznieks (Apvārsnis Kamolā, 2021).

A committed educator, JIJI is Associate Professor of Music in Guitar at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and former Assistant Professor of Guitar at Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance and Theater. She has presented master classes and workshops extensively, including at the Peabody Institute, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall, among many others.

In addition to advocating for the music of her contemporaries, JIJI also performs and records many of her own works, and she continues to develop her distinctive compositional voice.

During her spare time, JIJI enjoys cooking and creating weird sounds on Ableton. She is sponsored by D’Addario Strings and GuitarLift by Felix Justen.

Prepare for the concert


The program will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission. Click below to read the program notes for each piece.

rodrigo | concierto de aranjuez




dietterich | light, beloved


BRAHMS | Symphony no. 4 in e minor, op. 98



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