chamber music

Caroline Bitten

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society opens their 74 th season on Sunday, October 22 with the Danish String Quartet , returning to Texas, but visiting San Antonio for the very first time with a program that balances darkness and light. The first half of the program is dominated by Dmitri Shostakovich’s haunting Quartet No. 15, written in 1974; the composer would die less than a year later. Its six movements are played without interruption, and as violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen explains, it...

Susan Riley

There’s a chamber group playing around town that may have escaped your attention. They’re called the Olmos Ensemble , and in case you’ve missed them, here’s Martha Long on what they do. “Olmos Ensemble is a chamber group comprised of the principle woodwinds, the principle horns and the concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. And we usually play about five or six concerts throughout the year.” Longm who is a f lautist , says they have a focused objective. "Our objective is to present high...

Austin-Based Mundi Coming To Urban 15

Mar 14, 2015
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Guitarist Darrel Mayers, founder and director of the musical ensemble, Mundi, describes the group's approach as "chamber rock." When I asked him a few years ago how rock comes into the mix of violin, cello, bass, guitar, French horn, harmonium, and percussion, he said it is the drum kit, played by Ric Furley. The full drum set anchors the ensemble's stage presence, while adding a subtle contemporary drive to the mostly acoustic mix. Mundi will bring its world view of music to Urban 15, 2500 S...

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Matisse ends his run at SAMA, but he’s not going away quietly. Rather than let him just slink away, they're throwing a goodbye party. “The evening is entitled ' au revoir , Matisse,' ” said Ruth Moreland, music director of the Copperleaf Quintet. "And there’ll be all kinds of wonderful things going on at the museum, and Copperleaf will be performing a concert of French salon music in the third floor exhibition gallery, which is where they have all of Matisse’s art books.” The Copperleaf...

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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...

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