San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC Airwaves

Jul 29, 2016

This Saturday, July 30, the San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves for a ten-week series of concerts featuring some of the orchestra’s best performances from the 2015-16 season. The programs, hosted by San Antonio’s Ricardo Chavira, air at 7 p.m. Saturdays as part of TPR’s ongoing “Performance Saturday” program featuring locally recorded classical music concerts.

The series opens on a dramatic note with music of despair and hope. Arnold Shoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw” is paired with Ludwig van Beethoven’s ultimate vision of brotherhood among humankind and an ideal world, the immortal Ninth Symphony. Both works also feature the San Antonio Mastersingers.

The broadcast season also features three concerts from the San Antonio Symphony’s “Las Americas” festival, highlighting music of North, South, and Central America. The concerts feature music by Americans like Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, as well as a suite of music from Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s opera “Florencia en el Amazonas.”

Host Ricardo Chavira.

In addition to host Ricardo Chavira’s commentary on the concerts, select shows also feature insight from the music makers, such as symphony conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, drummer Stewart Copeland, and the late Daniel Catan.

Below, see a highlight from the San Antonio Symphony’s final performance of the season featuring Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony.

To learn more about the San Antonio Symphony’s upcoming season at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, visit

Upcoming broadcasts:

July 30: Schoenberg, "A Survivor From Warsaw," Beethoven Symphony No. 9
August 6: Stewart Copeland's "Gamelan D'Drum" and Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloe"
August 13: Inon Barnatan plays Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, plus Sibelius's Symphony No. 1
August 20: Las Americas, feat. Copland, Barber, and Catan
August 27: Las Americas, feat. Schuman, Bernstein, Piazzolla, and more
September 3: Las Americas, a jazz-influenced program of Gershwin and Ellington

more to come!