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2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing On Symphony's 75th Birthday

Artist rendering of the Tobin Center, which will be the new home of the San Antonio Symphony beginning this fall.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony is marking a big landmark. Its first concert was 75 years ago this month.

Despite its age, the strapping, robust symphony has perhaps never looked stronger. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about the symphony’s first concert 75 years ago.

“It was actually June 12, the concert that Max Reiter did," said Lang-Lessing. Reiter was the San Antonio Symphony’s first conductor.

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The Source - June 11, 2014
1:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Symphony At 75

Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony celebrates 75 years this weekend. The cultural staple has had a storied past with notable conductors, principles and headliners performing, including praise from the likes of Arturo Toscanini

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KPAC Blog
4:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Symphony Does Mahler & Copland, Says Goodbye To Children's Chorus Founder McCormick

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s winter/spring season is winding down and June 6 & 7 marks two important performances.

“We’re presenting Mahler [Fifth Symphony] to finish the season, and Marguerite McCormick is leaving the Children’s Chorus,” said symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Longtime Artistic Director McCormick’s last performances with the chorus will be at these two nights.

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KPAC Blog
3:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Discover Concert Dives Into Schubert's 9th

Franz Schubert.
Credit Wikipedia

There’s a concert coming up that parents might want to get on their calendars. And really, the parents might enjoy this one as much as the kids.

"And the focus of that concert is going to be the [Franz] Schubert 9th [Symphony], which is the great C-Major symphony," said San Antonio Symphony President David Gross, who is nothing, if not enthusiastic.

As he explained, this one is one of the symphony’s "discover" concerts, which are geared toward helping people discover classical music.

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KPAC Blog
11:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Symphony Makes Latin Transformation For 'Fiesta Pops'

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back in action this weekend, but they're not going to sound like they usually do. They won’t be playing Beethoven, Brahms or Bach, this weekend Fiesta Pops events have a little more picante than that.

“Fiesta Pops is our official Fiesta event, annually," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Symphony Holding Canned-Good Food Drive For March Performances

San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Symphony is back at it this weekend, but this time around they're doing something a little different.

“We have our classical concert this weekend on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8,” said new San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.

There will be a guest player/conductor.

“Kolja Blacher is our violin soloist, and he is also our guest conductor" said Gross. "And we’re going to be featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven.”

But this is where the regular symphonic experience takes a slight detour, as he explained.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

San Antonio Arts Groups Develop "Big Ideas" At Geekdom Workshop

Mario Ochoa of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio delivers his pitch.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The halls of Geekdom are normally filled with techies workshopping the next killer app or the next innovation in cloud computing. But this weekend there was a different type of brain storm at the downtown offices.

Asia Ciaravino, president of the San Antonio Playhouse, stood in front of a computer project screen as she pitched their big idea to expert entrepreneurs. Ciaravino and five other arts groups just went through the three-day startup process where they learned to re-think their approach to business.

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KPAC Blog
2:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Renee Fleming To Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season

Renee Fleming will help open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th anniversary season.
Andrew Eccles Decca

I talked to the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing today and asked what many in the arts community are wondering: who will be the focus of next year’s music festival?

“Richard Strauss,” revealed Lang-Lessing.

“For me it was just a natural way to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a Strauss festival," he said.

It's the San Antonio Symphony’s 75th year of playing and to get that anniversary started right, he had another big announcement.

“We open with Renee Fleming, so I’m very thrilled that this works out,” Lang-Lessing said.

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KPAC Blog
1:51 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

With Dvorak Festival Finished, Lang-Lessing Talks About How It Went, What's Next

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Dvořák Festival is done and I checked in with San Antonio Symphony Music Director  Sebastian Lang-Lessing to see how it went.

“The objectives were basically we were able to enlarge our partner groups, including opera."

Lang-Lessing noted that Dvořák provides a good continuity from last year’s Brahms Festival.

"And third it is touching a composer who is from Europe but changed the American music history dramatically in a very good and inspiring way," he said.

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KPAC Blog
3:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony'

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
KLRN

The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."

“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”

Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon.  

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