Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling made another felicitous visit to the San Diego Symphony podium Friday, December 6, bringing a robust program of Dvořák and Prokofiev to Copley Symphony Hall. Young Chinese pianist Wei Luo made her impressive San Diego debut giving a riveting, muscular account of Serge Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in C Major.
Much to the delight of audiences at Copley Symphony Hall this weekend, the San Diego Symphony under Jahja Ling presented concert organist Chelsea Chen in the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani and String as well as the Saint-Saëns Third “Organ” Symphony.
Either by chance or some mysterious plan, world-class violinists have decided to zero in on San Diego this April. Last week, Midori played a recital at The Conrad in La Jolla, and next week, Gil Shaham will flex his musical muscles at The Conrad. Sunday, Joshua Bell returned to the Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego to play Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony under its Laureate Director, Jahja Ling.
Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody and a New Work by Mason Bates Crown Edo de Waart’s Second Week with the San Diego Symphony
A significant advantage of conductor Edo de Waart’s frequent guest appearances with the San Diego Symphony is the array of new music he brings to Copley Symphony Hall. On Friday, October 12, he offered Mason Bates’ 2014 intriguing “Garages of the Valley” followed by Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the brilliant pianist Joyce Yang.
The San Diego Symphony elevated its current Leonard Bernstein retrospective on Saturday, May 12, 2018, with a stirring, trenchant account of his 1942 “Jeremiah” Symphony under the assured baton of Conductor Laureate Jahja Ling.
Surrounded by civic leaders and members of the San Diego Symphony board and orchestra, Symphony C.E.O. Martha Gilmer introduced Music Director Designate Rafael Payare to the press, symphony patrons, and representatives of other San Diego arts organizations Monday (April 30) at Copley Symphony Hall.