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Payare Debuts with San Francisco Symphony

On May 11-13, Rafael Payare will make his previously postponed San Francisco Symphony debut, leading the orchestra in its premiere performance of William Grant Still’s Darker America at Davies Symphony Hall. The program also includes Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Brahms’s Violin Concerto, performed with violinist Hilary Hahn. There will be an open rehearsal for...


A Cinematic “Cantata Criolla” and World Premieres in Montreal and San Diego

At the end of March, Rafael Payare travels to Montreal to conduct two evenings of Mahler and Strauss, featuring soloist Sonya Yoncheva. The Bulgarian soprano performs Mahler’s serene Rückert-Lieder, in  a program that also includes R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Johanna Müller-Hermann’s Heroische Ouvertüre, marking the work’s first performance by the OSM. In April, Payare...


Guest Conducting in London, Munich, Cleveland and More

Following his Covent Garden debut, Rafael Payare joins the London Symphony Orchestra for  a performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Gubaidulina’s “Fairytale Poem,” and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, performed by soloist Vilde Frang (February 23). Later in the spring, Payare travels to Munich, again conducting Gubaidulina’s “Fairytale Poem.” The program also includes Strauss’s Don Quixote with...


Mahler 5 on CD & Upcoming OSM Tour

For the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) and its new Music Director, Rafael Payare, next month brings their collaborative album debut on the Pentatone label (March 3) followed by their first U.S. appearances together at Washington’s Kennedy Center (March 6) and New York’s Carnegie Hall (March 8). The vehicle for all three landmark events is Mahler’s...