Among the welcome changes Rafael Payare has brought to the San Diego Symphony is a revitalization of the orchestra’s repertory. Major works the orchestra had not previously performed—and not just new compositions—are now center stage. In January, 2019, when Payare was still Music Director Designate, he conducted the orchestra and cellist Alisa Weilerstein in Benjamin…

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The Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford, presented a substantial concert Friday, April 13, at All Souls’ Episcopal Church in Point Loma. The 21-voice ensemble started its California tour last week in the San Francisco Bay Area and will complete their California excursion Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles at St. James in-the-City Episcopal Church on Wilshire Blvd.

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Festival programming that runs out of pleasant surprises is likely to overstay its welcome, so SummerFest Music Director Cho-Liang Lin came up with a pair highly unusual offerings by Britten and Elgar for Sunday’s (August 20) afternoon concert at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall . . .

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San Diego Pro Arte Voices and Music Director Patrick Walders gave superb performances of British Christmas carols and anthems in ‘An Evening of Readings and Carols’ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach . . .

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