The San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman is back from Europe, and she’s taken note of a special date.
“This is our 50th Anniversary season, so we’ll be starting off this weekend with a 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert, which will be our chorus, joined by the orchestra and soloists. We’ll be performing the 'Gloria,' from Bach’s Mass in B-Minor. It's such an exceedingly joyous way to celebrate our fiftieth!”
Joyous it is, and very special, and a lot of planning’s gone into this.
After a successful production of his family opera "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Opera San Antonio's Artistic Director Tobias Picker shares his plans for the future of the young company.
Nathan Cone: For this first season, what are your hopes? And then what would you like to do in the future?
Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 5:52 pm
Stradivarius violins are so important that they come with their own biographies. Several hundred of them survive today, and they're so prized, you can trace their lineages through the musicians who played them over the centuries.
The instruments have been valued at prices ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several million. That kind of money attracts a lot of nonmusicians, like investors — and thieves.
Soprano Anna Netrebko has been aiming toward this moment for years. On Saturday, October 11, the Met’s popular “Live in HD” cinecast series opens with Netrebko singing Lady Macbeth in Giuseppe Verdi’s adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy.
Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 11:19 am
A film opened in the U.S. this weekend about the life of Simón Bolivar, the military leader who helped free much of Latin America from the Spanish Empire. Libertador, or The Liberator, tells that story with the help of rousing music by a first-time film-score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.
Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 4:59 pm
A Saturday performance of the St. Louis Symphony was disrupted by demonstrators protesting the killing of Michael Brown, the black, unarmed teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
"Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all," protesters sang, before asking the audience, "Which side are you on, friend? Which side are you on?"
A longtime TPR volunteer, and instrumental element of KPAC’s birth in 1982, passed away on September 10, 2014. Margaret Stapp was 91. As the wife of KPAC founder Wilford Stapp, she was there at the beginning when the station signed on in November, 1982. For many years Margaret served as “pledge captain” during the twice yearly fund drives.
“She was extravagant in her commitment of time and her talent,” says Joe Gwathmey, TPR’s first General Manager.
Camerata San Antonio begins its fall season this weekend, and I spoke to Camerata Music Director Ken Freudigman recently about that season. We ended last time with November 20th’s 'Clarinet and Strings' program.
“The next program is the Camerata Recital; that’s in December," he said. "This is where it features one member of the group and this year it’s Martha Long. She’s our principal flute of the symphony, and we’re just delighted to work with her.”
In January Camerata joins in with the San Antonio Symphony’s yearly Festival, which focuses on a specific composer.