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Rafael Payare’s San Diego Symphony Debut

The San Diego Symphony's new music director officially takes the stage October 5

By Sarah Pfledderer

It’s time to pass the baton to Rafael Payare. The new music director of the San Diego Symphony officially takes the podium October 5 at Jacobs Music Center downtown, when he’ll kick off the 2019–20 season with Mahler: Symphony No. 5 and Mason Bates: Alternative Energy.

“Every piece I’ve chosen for this season is close to my heart, whether that’s Mahler or Mozart or Schumann or Debussy or Beethoven or Shostakovich,” Payare says. The maestro’s led dozens of orchestras around the globe, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and also won first prize at Denmark’s 2012 Malko Conducting Competition. He’ll be the 13th music director of our symphony.

Of his inaugural season, he says, “I thought of this musical journey as a long train ride, where the audience can stop off at stations along the way and discover other things, like Strauss, French music, a special production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

And if that weren’t enough music to our ears, the symphony just broke ground on its new waterfront venue downtown, Bayside Performance Park, slated to open in summer 2020. All aboard, this train’s leaving the station!

San Diego Symphony Opening Weekend

October 5–6

Jacobs Music Center, Downtown sandiegosymphony

Rafael Payare’s San Diego Symphony Debut

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