The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.
"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."
Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."
San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.
"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."
Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about a flower festival celebrated in India--and right here in San Antonio, as well!
The San Antonio Choral Society’s 49th performing season starts October 15, so Music Director Jennifer Seighman dropped by the studio with a preview.
“We will have four major concerts," she said. "The first one is 'The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria and Austria' and this is in anticipation of our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria, and also to help us get started celebrating Octoberfest this month."
Seighman said the "Hills Are Alive" performance will contain selections from "The Sound of Music."
The McNay Art Museum presents another beautiful costume exhibition with "Cut! Costume and the Cinema," which shows period costumes from dozens of Hollywood blockbusters.
"It’s the largest costume collection that’s ever been presented at the McNay," said Museum Director William Chiego. "This is a chance to see a very large number of costumes made for film, and it’s a wonderful contrast to costumes made for stage." [see related story at bottom of page.]
The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.
"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"
Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.