Conductor Andrés González will lead several of the San Diego Symphony’s upcoming Music Connects concerts

The San Diego Symphony is reaching out to the community in more ways than one,” writes Beth Wood in last Thursday’s (3/23) San Diego UnionTribune. “Its Music Connects program, established in 2018 to present free concerts around the county, is building partnerships with other cultural organizations to stretch in new directions. Building on established relationships with Sycuan [Resort Casino] and Southwestern College—and creating newer ones with Front Arte Cultura Gallery—the upcoming Music Connects concerts are geared to a community-specific approach focused on south and east San Diego. This weekend, a symphony string ensemble—led by Venezuelan conductor Andrés González—will play compositions from his home country, Mexico, and the United States. For Saturday’s performance at San Ysidro’s Front Arte gallery, he and the string ensemble will play within the Front exhibition, Womxn, Words & Weaving.’ Highlighted composers will includeJuan Ramírez, Jessie Montgomery, and Teresa Carreño. On April 26 at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theater … conductor John Lidfors will lead the first-ever classical music concert at the resort.We are excited to partner with the San Diego Symphony,said Cody Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, which is underwriting all three Music Connects events.”