There’s a unique training opportunity coming up for singers in San Antonio.
“I’m not sure there’s ever been a world music symposium in San Antonio before, so Benissimo Music is collaborating with Trinity University and we’re going to put on this wonderful two-day event" said Benissimo Music's Ruth Moreland.
Moreland said there will be master classes and they are bringing in Balkan music specialist Eva Salina Primack.
This weekend hundreds of singers will gather in San Antonio, but what they sing isn’t common. So much so that I had to look up Sacred Harp singing to be sure of what it was. After doing so, I caught up with a pair of its practitioners in a noisy Portland Oregon train station.
"It’s an old southern hymn tradition that’s still alive, and in the last 10 or 20 years has broken out of the south and taken root worldwide," said John Berendzen.
Many of us may think of chamber choir music as formal and perhaps a bit stuffy. But after speaking to San Antonio Chamber Choir Board President Carl Leafstedt, maybe we've come to that conclusion too quickly. First, Leafstedt reminds us of exactly who they are and what they do.
“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is an organization of professional voices, it’s a paid choir of many of the city’s top voices" he said. "Our mission is to perform music that is not often performed in South Texas -- very difficult and unusual repertory sometimes, at the very highest levels."
Tuesday night there’s a music experience set for Schreiner University in Kerrville featuring the flamenco guitar music of Ron Radford.
“Flamenco is the music of the people, the music of the peasants. It’s the blues of Spain," said Kathleen Hudson, who teaches English at Schreiner University.
"He [Radford] was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship that took him to Spain to study music with the gypsies" she said. “He’s also really committed to education and learning, and when you put those two things together you just get an amazing performance."