The San Diego Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jahja Ling. Courtesy of the symphony

The San Diego Symphony opens its  2015-2016 season next week with Music Director Jahja Ling conducting and internationally acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang performing three concerts.

The symphony’s annual gala and street party takes place Oct. 10 with Wang performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol.

The performances on Oct. 9, and Oct. 11 include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9: Jeunehomme, Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus and Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.

Pianist Yuja Wang. Photo by Norbert Kniat

Wang has been described as an astounding artist whose awe-inspiring technique is matched only by her eloquence as a musician. Since her breakthrough debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007 while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, she has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the world’s leading orchestras.

Following the season-opening weekend, San Diego Symphony’s Jacobs Masterworks continues on October 23, 24 and 25 featuring violinist James Ehnes contrasting classic and modern music in “Beethoven and John Adams.”

Guest conductor Edo de Waart will lead the orchestra in John Adams’ Harmonielehre, which premiered in 1985. The 40-minute piece takes audiences on a powerful symphonic journey and a satisfying emotional journey.

Single tickets for symphony concerts are $20-$96 and available at 619-235-0804 or online at

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.