On Christmas Eve, tune to KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM for a special program, “A Baroque Holiday,” featuring the San Antonio Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. Recorded live at San Fernando Cathedral, Akiko Fujimoto says the venue was beautiful, artistically and historically. “San Fernando Cathedral was built during the baroque period,” she points out, “so there could not be more perfect venue for this music to be performed by the San Antonio Symphony.”
The music at the concert is drawn from baroque composers like Jan Zelenka, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and Francesco Manfredini and Giuseppe Sammartini, whose “Christmas” concerti grossi bookend the show.
“What makes these concertos Christmas-y is a movement called ‘pastorale,’” Fujimoto says. “That was traditional music in Italy that used to be played in the 16th century by musicians that were celebrating the nativity. It has a lilting, beautiful, serene feel to it.”
Manfredini: Concerto Grosso, "Per il santissimo natale"
Telemann: Concerto polonois
Charpentier: "La Nuit" from "In nativitatem Domini canticum"
Purcell: Sonata in D major for Trumpet, featuring John Carroll
Handel: "Let the bright Seraphim" featuring Angela Malek, soprano
Sammarini: Christmas Concerto