San Diego Symphony’s 2017-18 season, mixing new and familiar

Posted on: April 17, 2017

“For the San Diego Symphony’s 2017-2018 season, six guest conductors return from last season, while three will grace the podium for the first time,” writes Beth Wood in last Sunday’s (4/9) San Diego Union-Tribune. “From seasoned performers to up-and-coming soloists, from treasured masterpieces to recently composed works, the upcoming schedule of the San Diego Symphony is as impressive as the current one—if not more so. Much of the credit for this goes to Martha Gilmer, the San Diego Symphony’s savvy CEO since October 2014.… The upcoming Jacobs Masterworks season will welcome [departing Music Director] Jahja Ling as its conductor laureate in April and May of 2018. In addition to leading works by Rachmaninoff and Offenbach, he will celebrate one of his mentors, Leonard Bernstein.… Fourteen classical works will be played by the orchestra here for the first time. By coincidence, 14 artists will make their San Diego Symphony debuts. … Among the season’s new works are two violin concertos, one by Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis. The other is by composer Adam Schoenberg and was commissioned by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers specifically for the San Diego Symphony.… For Gilmer, the combination of classics and new pieces with a wide variety of artists … is a natural progression.”

Posted April 17, 2017