Jessica Goldbaum

Intern, KPAC Classical Music Blog

Jessica Goldbaum is a freelance bassoonist and private lessons instructor in San Antonio, Texas. A former member of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her orchestral playing has taken her across the United States and abroad. She frequently appears with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Texas and is working locally on a project to improve reed-making tools. She began writing as an intern for Texas Public Radio’s classical music blog in the spring of 2017.

 Originally from Boca Raton, FL, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Florida State University and a Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School. She grew up listening to Motown records and began her musical studies at age 12 on the alto saxophone, thinking that it would make her seem cool to her middle school peers. After realizing that cool doesn’t necessarily equate to popularity, she switched her focus to the bassoon and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite era of music to perform is Baroque, her favorite era to listen to is Romantic, and her favorite era to study is Classical. Her most beloved pop culture icon is RuPaul Charles. When she’s not practicing scales in her free time, Jessica makes bassoon reeds, ponders why good advice is “good,” and tries her best to laugh at her mistakes. 

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For thousands of years, cultures and civilizations have incorporated myth into their way of understanding life. Myths explain natural phenomena, teach morals, and symbolize spiritual truths; they chart the path of heroes and help to provide meaning for our own personal journey. Each generation of artists create their own renditions, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio shared some by Gluck, Beethoven, and Mozart at their season finale this month (May 13) at the Tobin Center’s Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre.

On Friday, May 12 at the Tobin Center, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the San Antonio Symphony held an exciting soirée de musique française with the famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as their honored guest.

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“There just aren’t enough opportunities for people living in San Antonio to hear baroque music,” says Amy Pikler, a violist with the San Antonio Symphony, who also plays recorder. “Most classical concerts don’t even include one piece of baroque music. You don’t hear Bach and Telemann as often as you hear Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms, and I think that people should know that [baroque music] is just as good in a different way. I really want people to hear it and I think that they deserve to hear it.”

The Olmos Ensemble, a staple in the San Antonio chamber music scene, has reached the next stage of its development with the release of their first album, Olmos Live.

The San Antonio Symphony graced the stage in gowns and tails for a gala concert on March 4th, 2017, under the baton of Akiko Fujimoto. The evening featured guest-soloist Gil Shaham in a performance of Johannes Brahms’s Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 77, preceded with works by Dvořák and Beethoven.