Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills will soon be filling those hills with music. I spoke with its Assistant Conductor Gene Dowdy.
“It’s our annual holiday concert and one of the most spectacular parts of this concert is that we feature our Grand Symphony Chorus under the direction of Linda Ables, so we get the chorus and the orchestra together; it just makes for an impressive evening.”
[Hit 'Listen' above to hear a sample of what they will be playing]
One of San Antonio’s high school marching bands will make their broadcast television debut, during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning. While your turkey is roasting, the Churchill Chargers will have a short solo performance on NBC.
Around the world this month, ballet companies are enjoying their own version of Black Friday, staging "The Nutcracker." The holiday tradition is the key to financial stability for any company, and here in San Antonio, things are no different.
The San Antonio Symphony’s busy season continues, but a slew of concerts over the last two days, is for an audience unlike most. Children by the hundreds filed, in surprisingly orderly fashion, into the Tobin Center Friday to hear "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.
"We have over 3,000 students coming here this morning to hear the concert,” said Jeremy Brimhall, the San Antonio Symphony’s Education Director.
(Click on ‘Listen’ above to hear the symphony)
"The music is so powerful and it showcases our orchestra so well.”
The all-volunteer Heart of Texas Concert Band usually practices and performs at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College, but twice a year, they have to vacate the space to make way for theatre arts productions. As conductor Mark Rogers says, this fall, they decided to turn that obstacle into an opportunity.
The San Antonio Mastersingers are tackling a classic. This one might not be familiar to everyone, but is a classic because of what it’s about.
“It’s actually a very little-performed piece, called ‘Lost in the Stars,’ by Kurt Weill.”
John Silantien conducts the San Antonio Mastersingers.
“It sort of traces this anti-apartheid tragedy in South Africa. And we’ve also invited a number of singers from St. Phillip's College to join us. So the piece involves a black choir and a white choir.”
It’s getting to be the time of year where holiday music performances pop up around town. I found one event a particularly interesting one. At the heart of it is the Messiah, but there’s something different going on here.
“This is not your typical performance because the performers are actually seated out in the audience. You will be the performers.”
That is the San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman. The audience members are invited to bring just their voices, and not their instruments.