What’s Your Music?: San Diego Symphony Artist

With Rafael Payare opening the season on an amazing note, we wanted to keep the show going by asking orchestra member Chi-Yuan Chen (performing this winter season) to share why he is excited about his performances and what other concerts he would love to attend!

Violist Chi-Yuan Chen will be performing with Rafael Payare and cellist Alisa Weilerstein this November for Bach, Bloch & Don Quixote.

Which concert in this season at San Diego Symphony would you recommend to someone who has never been to the Symphony?

I would highly recommend any of the “beyond the score” series to the audience who comes to the symphony for the first time.   

Why did you choose that concert as their first concert?

The series is masterfully curated, very informative and entertaining, and it often reveals some of the most well-kept secrets of the work presented.  The year of 2020 happens to be Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, and musical organizations all over the globe are celebrating.  The fifth symphony happens to be the best-known work of classical music.  I am certain that all the first-timers would have a great time with Beethoven’s monumental work.

What concert do you want to attend in the 2019/20 season at San Diego Symphony?  

I’m very much looking forward to my performances of the “Bach, Bloch and Don Quixote” with our new music director Rafael Payare and wonderful Alisa Weilerstein as cellist. 

What excites you about your choice?   

 It will be my second time playing solo viola as Sancho Panza in Don Quixote since I became the symphony’s principal viola in 2014.  With different conductor and soloist, there will guaranteed to be excitements throughout the rehearsals and performances!

Tell us about “your music” at San Diego Symphony.

The symphony’s most recent adventurous programming has broaden my musical experience and imagination immensely.  To me, rehearsals every week is a challenge, but every week, after performances, is the most rewarding experience!

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