This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell.
The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.
This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn. One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:
Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:21 am
Leonard Bernstein, in a New York PhilharmonicYoung People's Concert, once summarized the late 19th century as the "kindergarten period" of American music and proceeded to make fun of George Whitefield Chadwick, Boston's leading composer from that period. But in citing Chadwick's Melpomene Overture, Bernstein stacked the deck.
It's a hot summer afternoon and the recital hall at Purchase College is abuzz with excitement and nervous energy. One hundred and twenty teenagers, from 42 states, are about to embark on an extraordinary musical and personal journey.
Clive Gillinson, executive director of Carnegie Hall, steps up to the podium to greet them. "Welcome to all of you," he says. "It's wonderful to welcome you here to the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America!"
Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center. Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"
Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:
Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.