Rafael Payare embarks on US tour for subscription debuts with the Chicago Symphony & Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras



Fresh from a highly successful New Year’s concert with the Czech Philharmonic, this week sees Rafael Payare embark on a tour of the US. Including two highly anticipated subscription debuts, Rafael will give concerts with the San Diego Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras.

Performing with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall on 13 and 14 January, Rafael will conduct a programme that includes works by Berlioz and Prokofiev. He will also be joined on stage by Steve Schick for Roberto Sierra’s Con madera, metal y cuero, a concerto for percussion and orchestra. Full details of these concerts including programme notes here.

^Rafael Payare ©BGE

Rafael then goes on to give his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony for two concerts on 18 and 20 January at the Chicago Symphony Center, conducting an eclectic programme of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto (with CSO Principal Bassoon Keith Buncke as soloist), and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. He will then conduct a third concert with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago on 22 January, with the evening’s programme including works by Bartok and Mahler.

To finish his US tour, Rafael then joins the Pittsburgh Symphony for his subscription debut concerts on 26 and 28 January at Heinz Hall. Conducting Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with Kirill Gerstein as soloist, he will also return to his Venezuelan roots to conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony’s premiere of Carreño’s Margariteña. The concert will then conclude with Mahler’s Symphony No.1 Titan.

Future highlights this season include return visits to the Wiener Philharmoniker for concerts at the Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus, and on tour with Elīna Garanča. This season also sees Rafael continue with a Bruckner symphony cycle with the Aalborg Symfoniorkester in Denmark.

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