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Saint-Saëns’ Egypt Virée classique 2024

Musical traditions converge in this unique concert featuring the OSM and the Ensemble Constantinople. The Mediterranean lies at the heart of this program, portrayed through the imagination and sensibility of European composers such as Saint-Saëns, whose Fifth Piano Concerto offers a stylized evocation of Egypt. As for Cantemir, a Moldovian 18th-century composer, his Ottoman influenced music promises to be a true revelation!


Rafael Payare, conductor

Cédric Tiberghien, piano

Ensemble Constantinople


Carl Nielsen, Helios, Overture, op. 17 (12 min)

Dimitrie Cantemir, Gavesht samai, Samai-e Lang (4 min)

Edward Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite no. 2, op. 55: III. Peer Gynt’s Homecoming (4 min)

Dimitrie Cantemir, Bousalik pishrow (5 min)

Edward Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite no. 1, op. 46: III. Anitra’s Dance (4 min)

Kiya Tabassian, Chavosh (7 min)

Edward Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite no. 2, op. 55: II. Arabian Dance (4 min)

Camille Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerto no. 5, op. 103, “Egyptian” (29 min)

Total duration70minutes

Rafael Payare

Music Director

Rafael Payare’s prodigious musicianship, technical brilliance and charismatic presence on the podium have made him one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. A graduate of the celebrated El Sistema music education program in Venezuela, Mr. Payare began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with José Antonio Abreu. Since winning the prestigious Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark in 2012, Maestro Payare’s career has advanced rapidly. Since 2015, he has served as Principal Conductor of the Castleton Festival, founded by his mentor the late Lorin Maazel. He was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra from 2014 to 2019 and in 2019, took up the position of Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. In recent years, Rafael Payare has conducted many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including those of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich, Chicago and Paris. He has also made important opera debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, and most recently at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the 2022-2023 season, Payare became the ninth Music Director in the history of the OSM.

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