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San Diego Symphony Virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration

Music Director Rafael Payare
Virtual Event
Image Credits Photo courtesy of San Diego Symphony

Continuing its virtual presentations, the San Diego Symphony announces a special virtual New Year’s Eve Celebration led by Music Director Rafael Payare with pianist Ray Ushikubo.

The organization and its musicians aspire to share the gift of music with the community during the holidays, and to remind everyone of the power of music to elevate the human experience. The San Diego Symphony will present its first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration concert, featuring Viennese waltzes and jazz-influenced works to ring in the New Year. Led by Music Director Rafael Payare, the program begins with Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady, and dazzling young virtuoso pianist Ray Ushikubo joins to perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The celebration ends with Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., and the triumphant Radetzky March by his father, Johann Strauss Sr.

A donation of $25+ allows audiences to view this one-hour performance at 7:30pm on December 31, which will culminate just prior to midnight (EST). The program will be available for stream-on-demand viewing for seven days following the original stream. To donate and secure access please click here. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor through the Symphony Stabilization Fund.


New Year’s Eve Celebration

*Note: this program was filmed over multiple days, socially distanced and with an abundance of caution in early December.

San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Payare, conductor
Ray Ushikubo, piano

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Cliff Colnot)
BRAHMS Selected Hungarian Dances (arr. Peter Stangel)
ELLINGTON “Sophisticated Lady” (arr. Morton Gould)

  1. STRAUSS, Sr. Radetzky March(arr. Peter Stangel)
  2. STRAUSS, Jr. Emperor Waltz (arr. Schoenberg)

Music lovers can keep up with a full range of digital programs through Symphony Stream, or connect on social @sandiegosymphony on Instagram and Facebook, and @sandiegosymph on Twitter.

Ray Ushikubo
Pianist Ray Ushikubo