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San Diego Symphony – Sibelius & Rachmaninoff

San Diego Symphony – Sibelius & Rachmaninoff

TEXU KIMSpin-Flip
SIBELIUSViolin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
RACHMANINOFFSymphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Nancy Zhou, violin

Revel in the majestic scope of Jean Sibelius’ only concerto and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most personal — and most nostalgically Russian — symphony written while he was in exile in Switzerland and America. But first, discover the playful humor of Korean composer Texu Kim’s Spin-Flip, inspired by the connection between ping-pong and quantum physics. Nancy Zhou, winner of the 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, performs.

The concert is led by Eun Sun Kim, who was recently named as the San Francisco Opera’s next music director – making her the first Asian-heritage woman to hold such a position with an American opera company!

San Diego Symphony – Sibelius & Rachmaninoff

San Diego Symphony – Sibelius & Rachmaninoff

TEXU KIMSpin-Flip
SIBELIUSViolin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
RACHMANINOFFSymphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Nancy Zhou, violin

Revel in the majestic scope of Jean Sibelius’ only concerto and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most personal — and most nostalgically Russian — symphony written while he was in exile in Switzerland and America. But first, discover the playful humor of Korean composer Texu Kim’s Spin-Flip, inspired by the connection between ping-pong and quantum physics. Nancy Zhou, winner of the 2018 Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, performs.

The concert is led by Eun Sun Kim, who was recently named as the San Francisco Opera’s next music director – making her the first Asian-heritage woman to hold such a position with an American opera company!

San Diego Symphony – Beyond the Score: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

San Diego Symphony – Beyond the Score: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Delve into the life of Ludwig van Beethoven and discover what is behind his most famous symphonic work. A riveting multimedia first half presents dramatic visuals on a giant screen, with actors depicting Beethoven, influential writers and other period characters. On the second half of the concert, you will experience the dramatic tour de force that is the complete Fifth Symphony! The work opens with quite possibly the four most-recognized notes in music history — the fate theme — which Beethoven organically develops throughout the entire symphony, culminating in the triumphant Presto finale.

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

BEETHOVEN – Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133
JOHN ADAMS – Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Edo de Waart, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

From the enigmatic to the iconic, join our renowned principal guest conductor Edo de Waart on a journey through three monumental works. Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Great Fugue has puzzled and entranced audiences and critics alike for nearly 200 years, leading Stravinsky to call it “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.” Superstar violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the Symphony in a performance of one of her signature pieces, John Adams’ virtuosic and “hyper melodic” Violin Concerto. Then brace yourself as Beethoven’s most famous four notes in history signal the start of a musical roller coaster ride, a journey from struggle to triumph.

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

San Diego Symphony – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

BEETHOVEN – Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op. 133
JOHN ADAMS – Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Edo de Waart, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

From the enigmatic to the iconic, join our renowned principal guest conductor Edo de Waart on a journey through three monumental works. Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Great Fugue has puzzled and entranced audiences and critics alike for nearly 200 years, leading Stravinsky to call it “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.” Superstar violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the Symphony in a performance of one of her signature pieces, John Adams’ virtuosic and “hyper melodic” Violin Concerto. Then brace yourself as Beethoven’s most famous four notes in history signal the start of a musical roller coaster ride, a journey from struggle to triumph.

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.