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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...