San Antonio Symphony

Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing Talks About The New Tobin Center

Credit San Antonio Symphony

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens on September 4, and San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing described the new home for the symphony.

“I have to say it’s very chic. And it’s very stylish and modern, and yet amazingly intimate,” he said.

Lang-Lessing has been involved in the development in the Tobin for years. He said he thinks the Tobin will be the place for performing arts in the city, but he wanted to make this important distinction.

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KPAC Blog
2:51 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A San Antonio Mastersinger?

Credit San Antonio Mastersingers

It’s not "The Voice" or "American Idol," but there are some vocal tryouts coming soon. No, you can’t expect to be dissed by tattoo’d rock stars, but you just might get to travel internationally if you pass the audition.

“We are looking for all kinds of singers, all kinds of voice parts," said Chancey Blackburn, the vice-chair of the San Antonio Mastersingers. "The chorus is made up of singers who have been masters of music performance, all the way to singers like me, with no formal training.”

I asked her what someone who is thinking of coming to try out can expect.

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Classical Music
11:40 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Meet The San Antonio Symphony's New Assistant Concertmaster

Assistant Concertmaster, Sarah Silver

Each season, the San Antonio Symphony welcomes a handful of new musicians to its ranks…and this season, the orchestra welcomes a new assistant concertmaster. Violinist Sarah Silver is a Pittsburgh native whose father is a long time violist in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her mother is a music teacher and orchestra director in the public school system. It’s not too surprising that Sarah ended up falling in love with music at a very young age.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Downtown Tuesday Event To Feature San Antonio Symphony

On Tuesday, August 19, you’re invited downtown to a special pop-up performance featuring members of the San Antonio Symphony. As part of the city’s Downtown Tuesday initiative (offering free parking at area garages, special events, and restaurant deals), the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will offer a special preview of their new performance space.

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Double Bassist Nicholas Browne's Summer In A Silo

Nicholas Browne practicing in Maine.
Esther Erbe

I've been doing a series with San Antonio Symphony musicians and how they are spending their summer vacations. Meet Nicholas Browne, who is one of the symphony’s newer members.

“In January I won the audition for the symphony, and in February I moved down to San Antonio and started the job,” he said.

The Pittsburgh native loves the city, the symphony, and his instrument, which is double bass.  

“It’s a difficult instrument,” he said.

I asked him to explain to people what a double bass is.

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KPAC Blog
4:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Symphony Player's Day Job More Like A Calling

Steve Zeserman.
Steve Zeserman

If you ever see a list of people who are perpetually dissatisfied or unenthusiastic, here’s a name you won’t find there.

“My name’s Steve Zeserman and I play double bass in the San Antonio Symphony.”

His optimism is palpable, and you can hear it when he talks about anything. From his days in college at the Curtis Institute of Music:

“I guess it was similar to eating caviar every day for four years, the richness of the culture,” he said.

To landing his job with the San Antonio Symphony:

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KPAC Blog
2:23 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

No Offseason Fiddling Around For Symphony Player Aimee Toomes

Aimee Toomes with Skype violin lesson.
Janet Toomes

The San Antonio Symphony’s season is done and won’t start until September. So what are all those musicians doing with their time?  I found out at least one of them isn't exactly kicking back for the summer. Aimee Toomes, who plays violin in the symphony, was one of those kids who picked up an instrument early.

“I started playing violin when I was a fourth grader in public school, and 20 something years later I’m a violinist with the San Antonio Symphony,” she said.

She’s no slouch when it comes to how she learned her trade.

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KPAC Programming
1:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC July 26

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphnony
San Antonio Symphony

Experience the beauty and drama of live and local classical music on KPAC 88.3 FM beginning Saturday, July 26, as Texas Public Radio presents the very best of the San Antonio Symphony's 2013–2014 artistic season with a handpicked selection of concerts. Relive these world-class performances or experience them for the first time on both KPAC 88.3 FM in San Antonio and on KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country, Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

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KPAC Blog
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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