At the announcement of the “California Festival: A Celebration of New Music,” from left: Music Directors Rafael Payare (San Diego Symphony), Esa-Pekka Salonen (San Francisco Symphony), and Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic).

“The San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony are spearheading a two-week, statewide music festival this fall that will features dozens of arts organizations,” writes George Varga in Tuesday’s (1/31) San Diego Union-Tribune. “Entitled ‘California Festival: A Celebration of New Music,’ it will showcase forward-looking new music from around the world that was composed over the past five years. Designed to highlight ‘the collaborative and innovative spirit that thrives in California,’ the festival will feature concerts curated and performed by dozens of music organizations, including the La Jolla Music Society, Mainly Mozart and San Diego Youth Symphony. California Festival was jointly conceived by the music directors of the state’s three leading orchestras — the San Diego Symphony’s Rafael Payare, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Gustavo Dudamel and the San Francisco Symphony’s Esa-Pekka Salonen. All three orchestras will perform as part of the festival, which will be held across the state between Nov. 4 and Nov. 19…. The festival will be anchored by music but also will incorporate other artistic disciplines. Each of the arts groups who are participating will curate their own programs in ways that are meaningful to their communities.”