Mid-Texas Symphony has a performance on Sunday that may have escaped your attention, but I'm here to make sure it doesn’t!
“We are in Seguin, and we perform in Seguin and New Braunfels," said Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director David Mairs. "I think it’s been said that they are the two smallest cities in the United States that have a fully paid, fully professional orchestra. We are founded by Anita Windecker, a former piano professor at Texas Lutheran University.”
The Mid-Texas Symphony uses musicians from all around Seguin, but as Mairs explained, they don’t stop there.
Fiesta involves kings, queens and other pseudo royalty, but even the city’s light-hearted 18-day celebration needs some satire on itself. Cornyation is the annual spoof on the Fiesta Coronation where the famous and political are lampooned in on-stage skits.
At its core Cornyation is a stage performance: 300 volunteers, 6,000 audience members, poignant political gaffes, campy controversial catastrophes and tacky troubling topics. It's a three-night performance conducted each year during the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Fiesta.
On May 10 and 11, Opera Piccola are bringing two operas to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre stage.
“Anytime we get to perform or present two pieces of new opera in a place for the first time, it’s exciting," said Opera Piccola Artistic Director Mark Richter.
“There are two one-act operas; two very different kinds of experiences," he said. "One, of course, is derived from the ancient tale of Orpheus and how he follows his love Eurydice into the underworld after she dies.”
A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.
Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.
Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.
"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.
"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening. Did I mention it was free?" she said.
I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.
Many local schools are beginning to think about graduation but SAY Sí, the afterschool youth program that says it “unfolds lives through art,” is getting ready to graduate 18 seniors in just a couple weeks.
“On Friday, May 2, which is the First Friday here in the Southtown Arts District, and it’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.,” said Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. He said that for the graduation, graduates’ art output will be showcased for all to see.
A new exhibit opens Friday combining art and fossil fuel extraction called Frackaso. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Marisol Cortez explained how it was named.
“In English it’s a play on fracas: a mess, a fracas. And in Spanish fracaso means an utter and abject failure,” Cortez said.
And then there’s fracking, which is the third and strongest meaning of this art show. The Esperanza sent out the word they wanted to do an exhibit with hydraulic fracturing as its muse, and people responded.