San Diego renews maestro to 2026

San Diego renews maestro to 2026


norman lebrecht

October 30, 2020

At a time of suttered halls and mass unemployment, the Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare has secured his involvement with the San Diego Symphony until the 2025-26 season.

“As a musician Rafael Payare has the perfect balance of making the musicians feel secure and at the same time, taking necessary artistic risks to make each and every performance exciting,” said Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO. “While he strives for the highest level of precision, he asks every musician to be their most expressive self which creates riveting, impactful and emotional performances for our musicians and our audiences. His artistry, humanity and warmth has created a strong bond with our public. With this contract extension we assure that the work of Rafael with the musicians of San Diego continues, assuring the very strong and vital future of the San Diego Symphony.”

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  • Rap-Sody No. 5 says:

    Who’s that dude next to Alisa Weilerstein?

  • Mike says:

    He is a terrific musician. Kind, generous, and inspiring.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    It speaks to the commitment of music-loving donors in San Diego to the Symphony that in such a time, it can extend Rafael Payare’s contract.

  • Papageno says:

    Don’t they hire white conductors no more??

  • Papageno says:

    Mozart in the San Diego Jungle?

  • papageno says:

    San Diego is jumping onto the Hispanic bandwagon like the LA Phil. Whites need not apply.

  • Bandersnatch says:

    San Diago.s. Gain is Ulster’s great loss. When he was principal conductor of the Ulster orchestra he gave some wonderful performance most notably of Richard Strauss.s also sprach zarathustra. I never thought I would see the day when this work would be performed in the ulster Hall but somehow I knew that he would be snapped up before long. He is a great talent and will go far.

  • * says:

    So many ironies surround the prominence of Payare and Dudamel in the USA.