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The Olmos Ensemble, a local chamber music group is gearing up for two performances this week. 

A brand new orchestra is being built from the ground up here in San Antonio. 

"The South Texas Symphonic Orchestra is a brand new full orchestra, made up of community members, retirees, teachers, volunteers who want to play music at a very high artistic level.  Their reward is playing for the love of music," Ronnie Sanders says.

As the founder and artistic director, Sanders has the background you'd expect for this kind of venture.

San Antonio Symphony

On Saturday, August 5, 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 2016-17 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.

A music festival at the University of the Incarnate Word kicks off this weekend and the four-day two weekend event has plenty of variety. 

The Organ As Orchestra

Jul 23, 2017
Nathan Cone / TPR

How do you take Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture,” one of the biggest pieces of classical music ever written, and boil it down to one instrument? If that instrument is the organ, you’re a leg up, according to Tom Dooling, music director at First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Antonio.

“Because it’s such a tonally diverse instrument, you can replicate [the orchestra] in the organ,” Dooling says.

Pointing in the direction of organist Dr. Jae Ha, he adds, “the Tchaikovsky is one of many others he’s done, including the Beethoven 5.”

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