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San Diego Symphony – Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote

San Diego Symphony – Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote

J.S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
BLOCHSchelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
J.S. BACH/WEBERN: Ricercare No. 2 from Musical Offering, BWV 1079
R. STRAUSSDon Quixote, Op. 35

Rafael Payare, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Chi-Yuan Chen, viola

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is our “narrator” in two works that seek to find meaning in life. Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo gives musical voice to the wise words of King Solomon in the Bible: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Richard Strauss casts the cello as the quirky Don Quixote and the viola as his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza in the famous tale of the man of La Mancha and his quest to bring chivalry to the world. Two works of transcendent elegance by Johann Sebastian Bach round out our evening’s tale

San Diego Symphony – Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote

San Diego Symphony – Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote

J.S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069
BLOCHSchelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
J.S. BACH/WEBERN: Ricercare No. 2 from Musical Offering, BWV 1079
R. STRAUSSDon Quixote, Op. 35

Rafael Payare, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Chi-Yuan Chen, viola

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is our “narrator” in two works that seek to find meaning in life. Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo gives musical voice to the wise words of King Solomon in the Bible: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Richard Strauss casts the cello as the quirky Don Quixote and the viola as his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza in the famous tale of the man of La Mancha and his quest to bring chivalry to the world. Two works of transcendent elegance by Johann Sebastian Bach round out our evening’s tale

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Eroica

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Eroica

MOZART: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55: Haffner
MAHLERRückert Lieder
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55: Eroica

Rafael Payare, conductor
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

You’ll be moved by the exuberance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and the romantic sweep of Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Songs (sung by Grammy® Award-winning German soprano Dorothea Röschmann). Then brace yourself for the pathbreaking work which took the symphony to new limits of expressive scope. Never before had the orchestra been used to make such a bold and daring statement as Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Heroic Symphony,” composed with the ideal of a hero in mind.

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Eroica

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Eroica

MOZART: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55: Haffner
MAHLERRückert Lieder
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55: Eroica

Rafael Payare, conductor
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

You’ll be moved by the exuberance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and the romantic sweep of Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Songs (sung by Grammy® Award-winning German soprano Dorothea Röschmann). Then brace yourself for the pathbreaking work which took the symphony to new limits of expressive scope. Never before had the orchestra been used to make such a bold and daring statement as Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Heroic Symphony,” composed with the ideal of a hero in mind.

San Diego Symphony – Payare Conducts Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

San Diego Symphony – Payare Conducts Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

SCHUMANN: Overture to Manfred, Op. 115
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74: Pathétique

Rafael Payare, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Passionate lyricism fills the air and melodies soar in some of the most heartfelt music ever written. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto is perhaps his most gentle and lyrical piece. Its premiere was also the composer’s final appearance as a concerto soloist — his encroaching deafness ensured that he would never again play with an orchestra. Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony shows the composer at his most vulnerable and emotional, with heartfelt pathos composed into every note.

San Diego Symphony – Payare Conducts Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

San Diego Symphony – Payare Conducts Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

SCHUMANN: Overture to Manfred, Op. 115
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74: Pathétique

Rafael Payare, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Passionate lyricism fills the air and melodies soar in some of the most heartfelt music ever written. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto is perhaps his most gentle and lyrical piece. Its premiere was also the composer’s final appearance as a concerto soloist — his encroaching deafness ensured that he would never again play with an orchestra. Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony shows the composer at his most vulnerable and emotional, with heartfelt pathos composed into every note.

San Diego Symphony – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

San Diego Symphony – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ESTÉVEZMediodía en el llano (Midday on the Plains)
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
MENDELSSOHN: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Op. 61 (with text by William Shakespeare)

Rafael Payare, conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Tasha Koontz, soprano
Kira Dills-DeSurra, mezzo soprano
Women of the San Diego Master Chorale

Hear Felix Mendelssohn‘s music as it was meant to be experienced, as a stellar cast of actors presents an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, accompanied by Mendelssohn’s magical score! But first, journey to Rafael Payare‘s homeland and experience the beauty of the Venezuelan countryside with Antonio Estévez’s Midday on the Plains.

Also, sensational young pianist Víkingur Ólafsson gives his interpretation of the ultimate “piano concerto as love letter,” Robert Schumann‘s Piano Concerto in A minor, dedicated to Clara Schumann.

 

San Diego Symphony – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

San Diego Symphony – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ESTÉVEZMediodía en el llano (Midday on the Plains)
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
MENDELSSOHN: Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Op. 61 (with text by William Shakespeare)

Rafael Payare, conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Tasha Koontz, soprano
Kira Dills-DeSurra, mezzo soprano
Women of the San Diego Master Chorale

Hear Felix Mendelssohn‘s music as it was meant to be experienced, as a stellar cast of actors presents an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, accompanied by Mendelssohn’s magical score! But first, journey to Rafael Payare‘s homeland and experience the beauty of the Venezuelan countryside with Antonio Estévez’s Midday on the Plains.

Also, sensational young pianist Víkingur Ólafsson gives his interpretation of the ultimate “piano concerto as love letter,” Robert Schumann‘s Piano Concerto in A minor, dedicated to Clara Schumann.

 

San Diego Symphony – Mahler 5

San Diego Symphony – Mahler 5

Our season begins with Mason Bates’ time-traveling “energy symphony,” whose traditional melodies take us on a journey exploring the influence of technology on humanity. We then experience one of the grandest and most ambitious — yet deeply personal — works ever written for orchestra. Few works can match Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in its emotional range, dramatic arc and expressiveness, especially in the famed Adagietto, written as a tender love song to his wife.

MASON BATES: Alternative Energy
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Rafael Payare, conductor

San Diego Symphony – Mahler 5

San Diego Symphony – Mahler 5

Our season begins with Mason Bates’ time-traveling “energy symphony,” whose traditional melodies take us on a journey exploring the influence of technology on humanity. We then experience one of the grandest and most ambitious — yet deeply personal — works ever written for orchestra. Few works can match Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in its emotional range, dramatic arc and expressiveness, especially in the famed Adagietto, written as a tender love song to his wife.

MASON BATES: Alternative Energy
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

Rafael Payare, conductor