Welcome to the SDSO!
This season wonderfully demonstrates what our orchestra is now famous for: great music, of course, programmed with innovation and intention towards serving our unique community.
It's all in the mix. Take our opening night: Beethoven Symphony No. 5, a giant of the symphonic repertoire, paired with two living African-American composers. Next is Rimsky-Korsakov's kaleidoscopic Scheherazade with Lou Harrison's piano concerto, inspired by his lifelong study of Javanese gamelan music. Each program is carefully crafted with music which fits together in interesting and relevant ways.
We of course have wonderful soloists such as Joyce Yang and Emanuele Arciuli. Guest conductor John Nelson will be working with our Orchestra and chorus to present Brahms A German Requiem, his interpretation of which is known around the world.
Our pops programming is also chosen to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, "Celebrate America!" for Veterans Day, and the popular 'Tis the Season concert.
The virtuosity of our own SDSO players will be on full display throughout the season. Ending with Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 3 is very special for me personally, as I have devoted much of my life's work to this composer. After 20 years with our musicians, it is a point of pride for me, for the musicians of the orchestra, our staff, indeed our whole community, to be able to celebrate in this way how far we have come - and the possibilities for where we can go.
Delta David Gier