Dear SDSO family,
Welcome to the next century! As we begin our 101st season, we look forward to building upon our significant successes over the past several years, including those of last year’s centennial season.
Wonderful instrumental and vocal soloists adorn this season, beginning with acclaimed pianists Conrad Tao and Orion Weiss. It is always a privilege to highlight our own musicians; this year features SDSO principal violist Yi-Chun Lin in her debut as soloist. The long-awaited reprogramming of Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (postponed because of Covid), along with our annual performances of Händel’s Messiah, allow us to hear twelve vocal soloists during the course of this season, all with our SDSO Chorus.
In keeping with our mission to reach deeply into the community, several of this year’s programs are surrounded by educational and engagement activities. For example, our performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 will bring many university students into our concert hall, following their focused study of the siege of Leningrad during World War II. The Beethoven finale will be part of our Bridging Cultures program; the first half of that program will feature music written by two women composers, one Indian-American and the other Iranian-American. This music will help us to reach into the South Asian and Middle Eastern communities in our region, inviting all of us to experience Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and its message of the universal brotherhood of man.
Delta David Gier