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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

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.

"Moonlight Beach Chaconne" by Joseph Martin Waters

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Performed by violinist Pei-Chun Tsai

Originally produced for the "Lunch & Listen" series, a weekly Q&A with CEO Martha Gilmer and musicians.

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Happy holidays! 🎺 🎄 We hope you enjoy "Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Jehan Tabourot from Traditional Carols "Orks" performed by Principal Trumpet Christopher Smith! We hope everyone has a safe and merry holiday season.
🎥 : Principal Trumpet Christopher Smith

Lunch and Listen: Principal Percussionist Gregory Cohen

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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

"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" arr. by Michael Kurth

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Who's feeling festive? ❄️ 🎼 Throwback to this fun rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" arr. by Michael Kurth! #MusicalHug

Bassists: Susan Wulff, Michael Marks, Kaelan Josiah Decman, and Jeremy Kurtz-Harris
🎥 : San Diego Symphony Musicians

Lunch & Listen: Assistant Principal & Utility Horn Darby Hinshaw

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Assistant Principal & Utility Horn, Darby Hinshaw!

Lunch & Listen: Associate Concertmaster Wesley Precourt

Monday, November 30, 2020

This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Associate Concertmaster Wesley Precourt!