Dvorak http://tpr.org en With Dvorak Festival Finished, Lang-Lessing Talks About How It Went, What's Next http://tpr.org/post/dvorak-festival-finished-lang-lessing-talks-about-how-it-went-whats-next <p>The San Antonio Dvo<span>řá</span>k Festival is done and I checked in with San Antonio Symphony Music Director&nbsp; Sebastian Lang-Lessing to see how it went.</p><p>“The objectives were basically we were able to enlarge our partner groups, including opera."</p><p>Lang-Lessing noted that Dvo<span>řá</span>k provides a good continuity from last year’s Brahms Festival.</p><p>"And third it is touching a composer who is from Europe but changed the American music history dramatically in a very good and inspiring way," he said.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:51:40 +0000 Jack Morgan 26675 at http://tpr.org With Dvorak Festival Finished, Lang-Lessing Talks About How It Went, What's Next Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony' http://tpr.org/post/dvorak-festival-winds-down-iconic-new-world-symphony <p>The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."</p><p>“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”</p><p>Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Jack Morgan 26194 at http://tpr.org Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony' The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka" http://tpr.org/post/surprising-staging-symphonys-rusalka <p>If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”</p><p>“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera."&nbsp;</p><p>James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:15 +0000 Jack Morgan 25801 at http://tpr.org The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka" Music, Opera & Mermaids, Symphony's Performance Of 'Rusalka' Has Got It All http://tpr.org/post/music-opera-mermaids-symphonys-performance-rusalka-has-got-it-all <p>After a week off, the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvořák Festival continues Friday, and it continues to stretch in different directions. This week's festival performance features the San Antonio Mastersingers, but as Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes, they won’t be in standard choral layout.</p><p>"A lot of the singing, especially from the ladies, will be offstage," he said. "So they are the offstage mermaids from underground."</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:09:37 +0000 Jack Morgan 25716 at http://tpr.org Music, Opera & Mermaids, Symphony's Performance Of 'Rusalka' Has Got It All Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA http://tpr.org/post/musical-offerings-brings-dvorak-repertoire-sama <p>Musical Offerings has its own take on presenting chamber music, specializing in presenting concerts at several cultural locations in town, rather than one home base, according to Artistic Director and violinist Joan Christenson.</p><p>“Many of the different museums in town, some of the churches, Trinity University, UTSA," she said.</p><p>They’re playing Monday night and at a place that really lends itself to their music, the San Antonio Museum of Art.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:34:50 +0000 Jack Morgan 25591 at http://tpr.org Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA Symphony's New Concertmaster Says Classical Music Is "Sort Of Like Sushi" http://tpr.org/post/symphonys-new-concertmaster-says-classical-music-sort-sushi <p>If you're reading this you've probably heard his work, but his voice? Probably not. Hit "Listen" to hear the story.<br /><br />"I recently began officially with the orchestra," said Eric Gratz, the San Antonio Symphony’s new concertmaster, who said his love of music came from his musical family.</p><p>What does a concertmaster do?</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:36:26 +0000 Jack Morgan 25472 at http://tpr.org Symphony's New Concertmaster Says Classical Music Is "Sort Of Like Sushi" San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Surprises http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-symphonys-dvorak-festival-surprises <p>As you likely know, the city-wide Dvořák Festival finds several classical music assets doing live concerts of the composer’s music. The yearly one-composer focus was begun by the San Antonio Symphony, and this is its fourth year.</p><p>"This week is the only week where we have two different programs on Friday and Saturday so you have to come twice this weekend if you want to hear the entire Dvořák cycle," said Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.</p><p>Acclaimed soloist Michel Dalberto performs with the symphony first.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:50:06 +0000 Jack Morgan 25060 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Surprises Symphony And YOSA Team Up To Tackle Dvorak's 'Serenade For Strings' http://tpr.org/post/symphony-and-yosa-team-tackle-dvoraks-serenade-strings <p>Many classical music organizations are participating in the city-wide Dvořák Festival, and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio are doing so too. YOSA Music Director Troy Peters has the lowdown.</p><p>"We are working with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and also with musicians from the San Antonio Symphony" he explained. "So we’ll have a string orchestra of students and professionals playing together, playing the great Dvořák 'Serenade for Strings.' And then we’re also going to do a nice little set of choral music with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio."</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:26:53 +0000 Jack Morgan 25007 at http://tpr.org Symphony And YOSA Team Up To Tackle Dvorak's 'Serenade For Strings' Camerata San Antonio's Dvorak Concert Features Exciting Guests http://tpr.org/post/camerata-san-antonios-dvorak-concert-features-exciting-guests <p>The city’s Dvořák Festival begins tomorrow and Camerata San Antonio is getting ready for their performance on Sunday, January 19.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>"We are truly excited to be partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in their yearly festival," said cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman.</p><p>Camerata is a four-piece chamber ensemble that grows just a bit during these festivals. &nbsp;</p><p>"This year Camerata will be partnering with the soloist pianist Michel Dalberto in the magnificent 'Piano Quintet in A Major,'" Freudigman said.</p><p>But Dalberto isn’t Camerata’s only guest.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:11:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 24820 at http://tpr.org Camerata San Antonio's Dvorak Concert Features Exciting Guests TPR Presents: Dvorak http://tpr.org/post/tpr-presents-dvorak <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">As part of the city-wide <a href="http://dvoraksa.org/" target="_blank">Dvorak Festival</a>, Texas Public Radio invites members to TPR Presents: Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at Our Lady of the Lake University's Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St. There will be a dessert reception following the performance.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:25:11 +0000 Texas Public Radio 24634 at http://tpr.org TPR Presents: Dvorak