After six years of arts and experimentation, the committee behind Luminaria is now working on how to advance the annual visual art expo over the next five years.
The annual event, which is usually held in the spring, is hard to miss downtown with its vibrant light displays and visual projections. It started using several streets around the Alamo and then moved into Hemisfair Park, but now its creative team is looking at the future, of when, where, and how long it should be.
The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.
"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."
Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."
The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.
"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"
Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.
This weekend, KPAC begins a series of concert broadcasts featuring the entire Brahms Festival, as presented by the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theater in February, 2013. Hear four symphonies, four concertos, and a few Hungarian Dances for good measure over the next four weeks with your host, Ricardo Chavira.
TPR's John Clare spoke to the San Antonio Symphony's music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, about the concerts before the performances:
The broadcasts take place on Saturday nights at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country.
This week's San Antonio Symphony broadcast features quintessentially American music by Aaron Copland, as well as the American influence on the French composer Maurice Ravel. Mozart's final symphony rounds out the program.
Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" helped put the composer on the map; its rustic rhythms were a hit in 1942, and later held up as the epitome of Americana when used in a popular ad campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."
There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.
Maurice Ravel was somewhat ambivalent about his "Bolero," calling it "18 minutes of orchestra, with no music." But "Bolero," with its hypnotic rhythm, stands as one of the best-loved, most interesting studies of orchestra color and musical acoustics ever composed.
The show this week also includes Spanish music from both Ravel and Manuel de Falla, and impressionistic pictures for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It's music from both sides of the Pyranees on this week's "San Antonio Symphony" broadcast.