A musical tradition was created 18 years ago here in San Antonio called the Cactus Pear Music Festival and it was created by a former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.
“I knew I wanted to start a chamber music festival because there was nothing going on, classical music speaking, during the summer months," said Sant'Ambrogio.
So she devised the idea of the festival, but was short a name for it, a name that ended up being created in the most San Antonio of ways. Sant'Ambrogio picks up the story from there:
Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.
The seventeenth season of the Cactus Pear Music Festival gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Boerne with a children's concert. The theme this year is "Dreams & Prayers."
"When my trio was putting together the Jalbert [Piano Trio], I kept thinking of the Messiaen [Quartet for the End of Time] - we worked on it two years ago - so it's interesting that somehow I put the two pieces together. They make great bookends to the "Into the Mystic" program!" says Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.