Camerata San Antonio

Camerata SA

A Grammy-nominated chamber music group is performing on Wednesday. They’re called Camerata San Antonio, and here is the group’s founder, Kenneth Freudigman.

“We are participating in the San Antonio Symphony’s Strauss Festival.”

The Symphony’s Festivals usually explore the work of single composers. Richard Strauss is the current focus.

“This year however, it is not just Strauss, but composers who influenced Strauss and composers who were influenced by Strauss as well.”

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Camerata San Antonio begins its fall season this weekend, and  I spoke to Camerata Music Director Ken Freudigman recently about that season. We ended last time with November 20th’s 'Clarinet and Strings' program.

“The next program is the Camerata Recital; that’s in December," he said. "This is where it features one member of the group and this year it’s Martha Long. She’s our principal flute of the symphony, and we’re just delighted to work with her.”

In January Camerata joins in with the San Antonio Symphony’s yearly Festival, which focuses on a specific composer.  

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Camerata San Antonio brings chamber music to South Texans every autumn, and this year it all starts October 3rd in Boerne. 

“In Boerne we play at the First Methodist Church, and in Kerrville we play at First Presbyterian. Both of those we’ve been in for many, many years. And in San Antonio we play at Christ Episcopal,” says Camerata founder and cellist Ken Freudigman.

Those three gigs start Friday evening, then Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Freudigman explains what they will be playing.

Carin Lamontagne

It’s almost like an old school musician apprenticeship. We’re talking about a program conducted by Camerata San Antonio, the four-piece chamber ensemble.  First, a reminder of who they are and what they do.

“We perform music from the baroque to today, and we try to keep every program eclectic,” said Camerata’s co-founder and violist Emily Freudigman. Not long ago in the hill country, while conducting a master class, the group realized something.

“Not only do we perform well together, we teach well together,” said Freudigman.

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The city’s Dvořák Festival begins tomorrow and Camerata San Antonio is getting ready for their performance on Sunday, January 19.   

"We are truly excited to be partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in their yearly festival," said cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman.

Camerata is a four-piece chamber ensemble that grows just a bit during these festivals.  

"This year Camerata will be partnering with the soloist pianist Michel Dalberto in the magnificent 'Piano Quintet in A Major,'" Freudigman said.

But Dalberto isn’t Camerata’s only guest.