September 1, 2018, the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) will host a special fundraising dinner gala to introduce an exhibit showcasing the life and career of Maestro Jahja Ling, San Diego’s preeminent orchestra conductor laureate and Bonita, CA resident. The dinner gala celebration will be held at the San Diego Country Club.

Join us for an original
exhibition in the museum highlighting the life of Maestro Ling.  For thirteen years, Jahja Ling was the music director and conductor for the San Diego Symphony. During his celebrated career, he performed for England’s Queen Elizabeth II and collaborated with Whitney Houston, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, and others.

Jahja Ling fell in love with the peaceful community in Bonita, CA. At his home, he enjoys watching the sunsets in his backyard.  He says, “Every evening brings a different sunset to enjoy”. When he is not conducting, he enjoys bicycle rides with his beautiful wife or listening to Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Ariana Grande with his teenage girls.

Ling was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and began to play the piano at age 4. At age 17 he received a Rockefeller award scholarship and went to study at The Juilliard School in New York City. At Juilliard he earned a master's degree. Ling then went to study orchestral conducting at the Yale School of Music and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent to serve as music director of a major U.S. orchestra.




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The Museum is Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.

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Bach Level -$5,000
Sam & Lyndie Ersan / Spectrum Security Services

Mozart - $1,000
Roy and Nimpa Akana

Chris Crockett
​John and Stephanie Garcia

Jon and Suzanne Miller
Dave and Phyllis Snyder

The Vail Memorial Fund, In memory of  Carleton and Andree Vail of Rancho Santa Fe

Scott and Barbara Scott



World Premiere Exhibition about

Maestro Jahja Ling
​(and Bonita resident)
September 1st thru 30th, 2018


Family Day at the Museum -Join us for a walk-through of the exhibition with Maestro Ling on

Saturday, September 8th at 11am

Join us for an original exhibition in the museum highlighting the life of Maestro Ling. 

The exhibition follows his celebrated career, from Jakarta to San Diego, including all of the highlights such as performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and performances with Whitney Houston, Yo-Yo Ma, and Lang Lang,as well as candid photos with international composers conductors, and musicians.  The exhibition features personal letters, video, and historical images of Jahja's mentors including Yale and Tanglewood Music Center teachers Otto-Werner Mueller, Leonard Bernstein,

Seiji Ozawa, and Andre Previn.  





Chopin - $500

Dan & Edna Concepcion / Heritage Investments & Retirement Planning, Inc.

John & Lisbet O'Neil Jr.

Bud and Sandra Wilson

Kapustin - $250             
Julia Bauer
​Bruce and Leslie Branman-Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Subarich, In Memory of Subarich and Carambas Family

Alan and Fran Cornell
Coldwell Banker West Foundation

​​Julia Bauer


Wine Sponsors
Bill and Yvonne Snider
Scott Tanner

Piano Sponsor
Reece Akana
Suzanne Santos


 Jahja Ling Hand Sculpture by Carol and Christopher Webb
Commissioned by
Scott and Barbara Scott






Mission of the Museum:

The Bonita Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, for public education and enjoyment, the culture, history, arts, crafts, and aesthetic facets of the region, specifically El Rancho de la Nacion in South San Diego County.

Currently on display:

Bonitafest Memorabilia

Celebrating 1973 - 2018


Historic Tales of Bonita
Book signing with Mary Oswell
Wed. Sept. 26th at 3pm 



Reception: Friday, May 11
5:30 - 8:00PM (free and open to the public)

The next student photo contest takes place: November 26, 2018 through February 1,2019.   The selected photos will be acknowledged at the Artists Reception (5 p.m.) and awards presentation at the March 13, 2019  Sweetwater Authority Board Meeting (6 p.m.).

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