San Diego Symphony will add dramatic visuals to its season-closing concert

A film still from filmmaker Alberto Arvelo’s interpretation of Cantata Criolla, a Venezuelan composition that will be performed by the San Diego Symphony with the film on May 25 and 26 at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. (Courtesy of the San Diego Symphony)

It’s not too often you hear the words rap or hip-hop when describing an operatic orchestral piece. It’s even more rare that a film is created specifically for that piece of music and shown behind an orchestra. And it’s a first here for San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare to conduct Cantata Criolla, a classic work from his native Venezuela that’s steeped in the country’s folkloric traditions.

On Friday and Saturday, Payare will lead the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Master Chorale in the area debut of Cantata Criolla at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. The concert title is “Singing with the Devil.”

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