The San Antonio Symphony’s busy season continues, but a slew of concerts over the last two days, is for an audience unlike most. Children by the hundreds filed, in surprisingly orderly fashion, into the Tobin Center Friday to hear "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.
"We have over 3,000 students coming here this morning to hear the concert,” said Jeremy Brimhall, the San Antonio Symphony’s Education Director.
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"The music is so powerful and it showcases our orchestra so well.”
The all-volunteer Heart of Texas Concert Band usually practices and performs at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College, but twice a year, they have to vacate the space to make way for theatre arts productions. As conductor Mark Rogers says, this fall, they decided to turn that obstacle into an opportunity.
The San Antonio Mastersingers are tackling a classic. This one might not be familiar to everyone, but is a classic because of what it’s about.
“It’s actually a very little-performed piece, called ‘Lost in the Stars,’ by Kurt Weill.”
John Silantien conducts the San Antonio Mastersingers.
“It sort of traces this anti-apartheid tragedy in South Africa. And we’ve also invited a number of singers from St. Phillip's College to join us. So the piece involves a black choir and a white choir.”
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will host its traditional holiday festival soon. It’s called Hecho a Mano, and for a good reason. Everything there is...
“Made by hand.”
That’s Haydee Munoz from the Guadalupe. And yes, everything’s made by hand.
“Hecho a Mano is a three-day festival that offers fine art and handicraft artisan items by local and general artists. It’s a mixture between crafts, fine artists, we have jewelry designers, we have wood carving, we have a little bit of everything.”
It’s getting to be the time of year where holiday music performances pop up around town. I found one event a particularly interesting one. At the heart of it is the Messiah, but there’s something different going on here.
“This is not your typical performance because the performers are actually seated out in the audience. You will be the performers.”
That is the San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman. The audience members are invited to bring just their voices, and not their instruments.
This Saturday night, the San Antonio Symphony and the US Air Force Band of the West team up to present their tenth annual Salute to Armed Forces concert at Laurie Auditorium.
Conducting the orchestra will be the San Antonio Symphony’s Akiko Fujimoto, and the program includes patriotic music by Aaron Copland, John Willams, and George M. Cohan. Fujimoto says the added touch of 13 brass players from the Air Force is a boon to the orchestra’s sound.
It was an odd sight at the Agricultural Heritage Museum in Boerne, Texas, on Saturday. They began showing up at about 9 a.m, and came in for hours. They came primarily in pickup trucks, backed up, checked in, loaded up trees, and big bags of mulch, and wire cages, and then left. Not one person pulled out a wallet, and no money was exchanged. The people running this show weren’t just giving away trees. They were giving away Bigtooth Maples. Some folks call them ‘Lost Maples.’
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.