Music Director Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony in performance. Photo: Nancee E. Lewis

“The San Diego Symphony will be busier than ever on multiple concert stages across San Diego County—and one in Palm Desert—as the $125 million renovation of the orchestra’s Jacobs Music Center and Copley Symphony Hall heads toward its completion next year,” writes George Varga in Sunday’s (5/1) San Diego Union-Tribune. “The symphony will perform 31 concerts at six venues for its 2022-23 Jacobs Masterworks season…. The new season will begin [at the Rady Shell] with … Verdi’s epic Requiem … led by … music director Rafael Payare, … joined by the San Diego Master Chorale…. Featured works will include staples by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Liszt and Mahler, along with more recent works by San Diego’s Lei Liang, Mexico’s Arturo Márquez, New York’s Jessie Montgomery and Alabama’s Brian Raphael Nabors…. The symphony will present the world premiere of a new work it has commissioned by Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz and the U.S. premiere of a new work by Thomas Larcher that the symphony has co-commissioned…. ‘The Razaz premiere is part of [the League of American Orchestras’ new Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program] that highlights a number of women composers, and we really wanted to be part of that,’ said symphony CEO Martha Gilmer.”