The San Diego Symphony's Sunday Afternoon in the Park:

San Diego Story featured conductor Sameer Patel in this article "The San Diego Symphony's Sunday Afternoon Walk in the Park," and our Family Festival Series performance taking place this Sunday.

"With the unusual number of guest conductors leading the San Diego Symphony this season, it might be easy to miss a new face that is actually a recent addition to the orchestra’s conducting team, Assistant Conductor Sameer Patel.

After three years of conducting in the Midwest with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta, Patel joined the San Diego Symphony staff this summer and will lead the orchestra Sunday, November 1, in a Family Festival concert titled “A Walk through Balboa Park: Celebrating San Diego’s Landmark,” a program that features classical works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, John Williams and others that suggest the park’s gardens, fountains, and historic buildings.

Patel’s San Diego podium debut in July proved more than auspicious, playing to a crowd of over 7,000 at the Symphony’s Summer Pops Star Wars spectacular during Comic-Con, one of San Diego’s defining annual rituals.

'It was the most enthusiastic audience I’ve ever seen in my life,” Patel said. “When John Williams gave a welcome on video, the crowd roared its approval, because everyone there knew who the Star Wars composer was. And after every piece we played, their ecstatic applause sent chills down my spine.' [...]"

Read the entire story here, which includes an amazing photo taken of Sameer Patel at the Star Wars concert by our own violist, Thomas Morgan!



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