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Meet the Instruments (Trailer)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Have you ever wondered why a French Horn is called "French"? What does “Double” mean in Double Bass?

In this exciting video series, you will be introduced to each instrument in the orchestra. Every week, we will go on a journey with musicians of the San Diego Symphony to learn about the instruments they play, the unique sounds they make, and other fun facts. Join us as we explore the wide array of musical instruments that make up a symphony orchestra!

Lunch & Listen Highlight: Violinist Hernan Constantino

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Enjoy San Diego Symphony violinist Hernan Constantino's performance of "Concert Etudes" by Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps. #MusicalHug

"Overture to the Magic Flute" by Mozart

Monday, January 25, 2021

Enjoy the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as performed by:
Principal Flute Rose Lombardo
Principal Oboe Sarah Skuster
Principal Clarinet Sheryl Renk
Principal Bassoon Valentin Martchev
Principal Horn Benjamin Jaber

#MusicalMornings

Lunch & Listen: Principal Violist Chi-Yuan Chen

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Who else is missing the holidays already? ✨ We hope you enjoy Principal Violist Chi-Yuan Chen's performance of “Capriccio for Solo Viola” by Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps. #MusicalHug

First movement of Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 6

Monday, January 11, 2021

Enjoy the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 6, performed by violinists Kenneth Liao and Yumi Cho, violist Wanda Law, and cellist Andrew Hayhurst. #MusicalMornings

Rafael Payare appointed Music Director of Montréal Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Payare shares artistic vision with two vibrant, multi-cultural cities San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare now joins many other internationally acclaimed conductors who have secured multiple, simultaneous Music Director posts. Today, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal) announced the appointment of Rafael Payare as their new Music Director beginning in the 2022–2023 season.

Rafael Payare appointed Music Director of Montréal Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Payare shares artistic vision with two vibrant, multi-cultural cities!

San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare now joins many other internationally acclaimed conductors who have secured multiple, simultaneous Music Director posts. Today, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal) announced the appointment of Rafael Payare as their new Music Director beginning in the 2022–2023 season.

Lunch & Listen: Principal Percussionist Greg Cohen

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Principal Percussionist Gregory Cohen!

"Miniatures Set No.6" by Erberk Eryilmaz

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Enjoy selections from "Miniatures Set No. 6" by Erberk Eryilmaz and performed by violinist Julia Pautz & Assistant Principal Timpani/Percussion Andrew Watkins. #MusicalMornings

PROGRAM NOTE:
Miniatures Set No. 6 (2015) was written for my friends violinist Alyssa Wang and percussionist Abby Langhorst. The work includes 6 well-known folk songs from Turkey and Cyprus:
I. Aşağıki Mahalle (From Thrace, Northwest Turkey, the folk song talks about how their neighborhood is better than the other neighborhoods that are surrounding their own neighborhood.)
II. Ellerinde Pankartlar (This is a political folk song about 34 people getting killed on 1977 International Worker's Day celebration in Taksim Square in Istanbul.)
III. Delilo (Popular folk dance shared with many cultures in the region neighboring Southeastern Turkey)
IV. Dolama Dolamayı (Folk song shared between both the Turks and the Greeks that live in Cyprus, love song talking about missing the loved one)
V. Tiridine Bandım (Folk song from the Western Black Sea Region, it is a love song with very absurd rhyming couplets)
VI. Giresun Karşılaması (Bride welcoming dance from the Eastern Black Sea Region)

The advantage of writing for violin is that it is possible to imitate Turkish string playing styles and instruments such as kemençe, and Edirne and Kastamonu styles of violin playing, and for percussion, I just wrote directly for Turkish folk instruments including davul and darbuka and also made Western percussion version. While writing based on these folk songs, I made small changes to fit the folk songs in my own style and added written-out improvisation sections which would normally be improvised by folk musicians.

The piece exists in multiple versions and can be performed as a solo string instrument (violin, viola, or cello) work, or as a string instrument and percussion duo.