Season Opening Under the Stars

Artists and Repertoire

Rafael Payare, conductor
Steven Banks, saxophone
Liv Redpath, soprano

Texu KIM: Zzan!!
MOZART: Exsultate jubilate, K. 165 (158a)
Billy CHILDS: Diaspora (Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra) [West Coast Premiere, SDS Co-commission]
Juan COLOMER: A Casual Walk to Extinction (World Premiere)
R. STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra), Op. 30


Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra return for the 2023-2024 Jacobs Masterworks season with a jubilant and multifaceted program at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. The evening begins with Texu Kim’s Zzan!!, which means "cheers" in Korean and employs drinking glasses as percussion instruments. The evening continues with Mozart’s festive Exsultate jubilate, featuring opera sensation Liv Redpath. Billy Childs’ Saxophone Concerto, co-commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, with soloist Steven Banks, makes its West Coast Premiere. The second half of the evening features a World Premiere by Juan Colomer, A Casual Walk to Extinction, and Richard Strauss’ magnificent Also sprach Zarathustra, the fanfare of which was popularized in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This concert is part of The California Festival, a new, statewide music initiative showcasing the most compelling and forward-looking voices
in performances of works written in the past five years.

This concert is sponsored by
  • Jacobs Masterworks @ The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

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Time 7:30 p.m.
Venue The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
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The Rady Shell expanded culinary program — The Shell Provisions — offers an impressive range of local specialties from some of San Diego's finest eateries and locally sourced options ranging from casual to upscale. New state-of-the-art kitchens and dining spaces will make dining with your friends and family at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park a memorable experience.

The Shell Provisions is brought to life by our local partners. These partners include some of San Diego's most talked-about favorites, like Chef Richard Blais, Urban Kitchen, Biga, Lola 55, Achilles Coffee, Wicked Popcorn, Kitchens for Good and Cali Cream.

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Please note: Food and beverages may not be brought in to The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. In an effort to reduce waste, guests are welcome to bring one empty reusable plastic or aluminum water bottle only. Bottles can be filled at water refill stations inside the venue. Glass bottles are not permitted.