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San Diego Symphony names Rafael Payare as its next music director

San Diego Symphony names Rafael Payare as its next music director
  • Internationally acclaimed conductor Rafael Payare has been named as the San Diego Symphony’s new music director.
  • He has conducted some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • The 37-year-old Venezuela native has signed a four-year contract and will make his San Diego debut as music director with the symphony in January.
  • He is a product of the same Venezuelan education program, El Sistema, as Gustavo Dudamel, the 37-year-old music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • Payare is married to cello star Alisa Weilerstein. When not embarked on concert tours,...
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