A significant advantage of conductor Edo de Waart’s frequent guest appearances with the San Diego Symphony is the array of new music he brings to Copley Symphony Hall. On Friday, October 12, he offered Mason Bates’ 2014 intriguing “Garages of the Valley” followed by Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the brilliant pianist Joyce Yang.

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As a prelude to SummerFest’s upcoming weekend of all-Shostakovich programs, Tuesday’s (August 18) SummerFest concert offered an overview of Russian music just before the Russian Revolution . . .

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