San Diego Symphony rings in 2021 with virtual concert


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — With nearly all New Year’s Eve celebrations canceled this year, the San Diego Symphony will host a virtual event to help ring in 2021 at home.

The symphony’s hour-long concert will be hosted on Thursday at 7 p.m. and requires a minimum $25 donation to enjoy online.

Viewers will enjoy music by Johannes Brahms, Duke Ellington, J. Strauss Jr. and Sr., plus a special performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring young piano star Ray Ushikubo, led by music director Rafael Payare.

The musical lineup will include:

  • Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Cliff Colnot) (feat. Ray Ushikubo, piano)
  • Brahms – Selected Hungarian Dances (arr. Peter Stangel)
  • Ellington – “Sophisticated Lady” (arr. Morton Gould)
  • J. Strauss, Sr. – Radetzky March (arr. Peter Stangel)
  • J. Strauss, Jr. – Emperor Waltz (arr. Schoenberg)

The concert will be available for registered viewers to access for one week after the event. To purchase access, visit the concert’s page here.


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