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Rafael Payare Tells Us ‘Why Mahler 5?’

“It’s such a joyful and life-affirming piece, and it’s very close to my heart. Mahler wrote it while he was at the peak of his career as the director of the Vienna Philharmonic and Opera [Payare conducted for the Vienna Philharmonic as well]. The fourth movement is a beautiful love letter to his new wife—but he wrote the symphony after suffering a stroke that almost killed him. It’s as if Mahler is embracing life, despite all the dark and scary moments. It also showcases all the sections of the orchestra in a fantastic and virtuosic way. It’s the perfect piece for me to perform in my first concert as music director.”

—Rafael Payare, Conductor

San Diego Symphony Opening Weekend

October 5–6

Mason Bates: Alternative Energy

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Jacobs Music Center, Downtown

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