"WELCOME HOME!!" – Jacobs Music Center Opening Night

Artists and Repertoire

Rafael Payare, conductor
Jeff Thayer, violin
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Hera Hyesang Park, soprano
Inon Barnatan, piano

TEXU KIM: Welcome Home!! Fanfare for Brass (World Premiere, Commissioned by San Diego Symphony)
VILLA-LOBOS: Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
ROSSINI: "Una voce poco fa" from The Barber of Seville
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 [Fitzenhagen version]
PAGANINI: Caprice No. 24 in A minor
RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
RAVEL: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé


To begin the 2024-25 Season, celebrate the joyful reopening of San Diego’s beloved Jacobs Music Center, after four years of complete modernization and renovation! Thrill to the amazing new acoustic and marvel at the beautifully restored interior, with a program conducted by Music Director Rafael Payare celebrating every aspect of the art of our wonderful orchestra.

The program opens with a World Premiere, a blazing new fanfare from composer Texu Kim, written in honor of this great occasion. Paganini’s 24th Caprice, one of the most recognizable pieces of violin music ever written, will be given a virtuoso performance by our own concertmaster Jeff Thayer, and will lead straight into one of the most famous pieces of music ever written on this same beloved melody: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with the solo piano part played by another of San Diego’s presiding musical spirits, Inon Barnatan. World-famous cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join our orchestra (and her husband, Rafael Payare!) for one of the sweetest and most evocative pieces ever written for cello and orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. The brilliant Korean soprano Hera Hyesang Park returns to the SDSO with beloved gems including the immortal “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The program concludes gorgeously with the glittering and seductive sounds of Ravel’s Second Suite from his ballet Daphnis et Chloé.

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For pre- and post-concert dining, drinks and desserts, there are many options near our Downtown San Diego home.


The 701B parking facility (701 B Street, 92101, just one block south of the Jacobs Music Center) will be available for parking on concert nights. Prepaid parking is also available in this facility. (See Parking Page at the link below for pricing details.)

Valet parking, provided by ABM Parking, is available for all Friday and Saturday evening Jacobs Masterworks concerts.