San Diego Symphony's 2018 Spring Season Is Wrapping Up: Final Concerts Announced

San Diego Symphony's programs have been announced for this spring. Please see below for all remaining performances of the 2017-18 downtown season that will conclude at the end of May.

APRIL CONCERTS:

FRI APRIL 6 | SAT APRIL 7

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Debussy, Elgar, Kodály and Enesco

Cristian M?celaru, conductor?Andrei Ioni??, cello

Edward Elgar's final significant composition is at the heart of this program, a cornucopia of orchestral colors and national textures. Rising young Romanian cellist Andrei Ioni?? performs Elgar's by turns confident and darkly introspective masterpiece, a reflection of the composer's extreme ambivalence about an England forever altered by war. The program is rounded out by a neglected but brilliant French impressionist ballet score by Claude Debussy, an orchestral concerto of Hungarian themes by Zoltán Kodaly and a blazing rhapsody of Romanian music by George Enesco.

FRI APRIL 6 | SAT ARPIL 7

ANDREI IONI??, ROMANIAN RHAPSODIST

Chamber Music Series: One of today's most exciting young cellists with musicians of the Orchestra

Special Guest: Andrei Ioni??, cello

Andrei Ioni?? is an emerging young cellist from Romania who won First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in June 2015. He recently made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and has been engaged regularly by Valery Gergiev. The warm sounds of the cello will be the focus of this program.

FRI APRIL 13 | SAT APRIL 14

JEFFREY KAHANE PLAYS MOZART

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Mozart, Barber and Schumann

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano

Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for 20 years to great acclaim. Now, returning to the San Diego Symphony for the first time since 1999, Kahane has assembled a delightful program of music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's contemplative final piano concerto, Robert Schumann's hopeful and happy final symphony and a rarely performed, vivid souvenir of love's power from a young Samuel Barber.

SUN APRIL 15

BEYOND THE SCORE: MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 27

Jacobs Masterworks: Music and world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano

The circumstances around Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's composition of his final piano concerto are a little mysterious: it was probably given on a program only marginally devoted to Mozart, and Mozart himself may or may not have performed it. The work also seems to reflect Mozart's increasing uncertainty about his life and composing career, and he might have been recycling themes for other commissions around the same time. Using narrator, actors and other theatrical devices, this Beyond the Score presentation proposes the circumstances which led to the creation of this soulful, quietly revolutionary concerto, performed by Jeffrey Kahane.

FRI APRIL 20 | SAT APRIL 21 | SUN APRIL 22

RACH 3

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Bernstein, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich

Jahja Ling, conductor

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Two towering masterpieces of Russian classical music dominate this concert, led by Jahja Ling, who makes his debut as the San Diego Symphony's first Conductor Laureate. After a brief, jazzy opening excerpt from Leonard Bernstein's On the Town, Ling leads a performance of that "Everest" of piano concertos, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third, with rising young Uzbek sensation Behzod Abduraimov as soloist. The concert concludes with Dmitri Shostakovich's enigmatic, intensely dramatic Symphony No. 5.

FRI APRIL 27

MARC BROUSSARD AND FRIENDS

City Lights Series: Classic pop hits get the Bayou Soul treatment in a scorching live concert experience!

Marc Broussard, guitar and vocalist. This Louisiana native specializes in a unique blending of "Bayou Soul" and his southern musical roots. One result has been a fascinating set of "Save Our Soul" albums, re-interpreting classic pop hits of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies in Marc Broussard's inimitable style. Known for his live shows honed to perfection over the years in the company of the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Bonnie Raitt and even Willie Nelson, you won't want to miss this rising star of Cajun-spiced Americana.

SAT APRIL 28

KIND OF BLUE - IN CONCERT

Jazz @ the Jacobs: Miles' breakthrough jazz album masterpiece from 1959, performed all the way through LIVE!

Miles Davis released his classic Kind of Blue album in 1959; it subsequently became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time and changed the possibilities of jazz forever. Jazz @ The Jacobs Series Curator Gilbert Castellanos will present a live performance of every track of Kind of Blue in collaboration with some of today's hottest young jazz artists.

MAY CONCERTS

FRI MAY 4 | SUN MAY 6

DANCES, SUITES AND SERENADES

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Bernstein, Richard Strauss and Offenbach

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Simone Lamsma, violin

Our month-long salute to Leonard Bernstein's Centennial kicks off with one of Bernstein's great early successes, his music to the ballet Fancy Free. One of the leading young violinists in the world, Simone Lamsma, performs Bernstein's unusually scored Serenade, a work inspired by Plato's famous Symposium on the subject of love. The concert closes with a couple of richly textured suites from the lively opera/operetta worlds of Richard Strauss and Jacques Offenbach.

TUE MAY 8

BERNSTEIN AND BEETHOVEN WITH ORLI SHAHAM

Chamber Music Series: Our Chamber Series finale with the graceful pianist Orli Shaham

Special Guest: Orli Shaham, piano

Pianist Orli Shaham, who has been acclaimed for her flawless technique, reflective grace and subtlety of touch, returns to the Chamber Music Series for our season finale, part of our month-long Bernstein Centennial celebration.

FRI MAY 11 | SAT MAY 12 | SUN MAY 13

BARBER, BERNSTEIN, BEETHOVEN

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Barber, Bernstein and Beethoven

Jahja Ling, conductor

Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano

Martin Helmchen, piano

Our update of the famous "BBB" classical formula opens with Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, a work of great power ripe for rediscovery in the concert hall setting. Next is Leonard Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony, written in 1944 when the composer was 24 years old and desperate to call out Fascism's destructive ascendency in Europe. Ludwig van Beethoven, too, had escape from military oppression on his mind as he wrote his glorious Emperor piano concerto while his former hero, Napoleon, laid siege to Beethoven's Vienna. The Emperor concludes our program.

SAT MAY 19

THE PASSION OF JOAN ARC (1928)

Fox Theatre Film Series: A landmark film of the Silent Era, this famous and striking version of the Joan of Arc story is given a mesmerizing accompaniment by local art music collective Luscious Noise, not to be missed!

Luscious Noise

John Stubbs, conductor

Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc is often cited as one of the most remarkable films ever made. Its series of mesmerizing close-ups and the yearning, hypnotic performance of Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan are simply unforgettable. The film's sense of religious transcendence will be heightened by a unique collaboration with San Diego art music collective Luscious Noise, who will perform John Luther Adams' stunning In the White Silence live as the film plays.

THUR MAY 24

AN EVENING WITH Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald, vocalist

Conductor TBD

City Lights Special Concert: Winner of multiple Tonys, Grammys and the National Medal of Arts, Audra McDonald is the today's First Lady of Broadway!

Actress and singer Audra McDonald is one of the brightest lights on today's Broadway stage. With a record six Tony Awards for acting as well as two Grammys, and Emmy and a 2015 National Medal of Arts, Ms. McDonald will bring the artistry and experience of a remarkable career for the very first time to the Jacobs Music Center, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony.

FRI MAY 25 | SAT MAY 26 | SUN MAY 27

SEASON FINALE WITH EDO DE WAART

Jacobs Masterworks: Music of Bernstein, Poulenc and Brahms

Edo de Waart, conductor?Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo piano

Our Leonard Bernstein Centennial celebration concludes with "Lenny's" quintessential curtain-raiser, the overture to Candide. Maestro de Waart welcomes the Naughton sisters, the most acclaimed piano duo on today's classical circuit, for Francis Poulenc's famous Concerto for Two Pianos, a charming and agreeable work with a strong suggestion of Mozart at its sparkling heart. Finally, the season closes with Johannes Brahms' Second Symphony, a work of supreme control that grows from a focused, serious beginning to a wonderfully bright and brassy finale.



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