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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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Classical Music
3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka"

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”

“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera." 

James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.

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KPAC Blog
11:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Music, Opera & Mermaids, Symphony's Performance Of 'Rusalka' Has Got It All

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

After a week off, the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvořák Festival continues Friday, and it continues to stretch in different directions. This week's festival performance features the San Antonio Mastersingers, but as Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes, they won’t be in standard choral layout.

"A lot of the singing, especially from the ladies, will be offstage," he said. "So they are the offstage mermaids from underground."

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KPAC Blog
2:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Symphony's New Concertmaster Says Classical Music Is "Sort Of Like Sushi"

Eric Gratz
Chance James

If you're reading this you've probably heard his work, but his voice? Probably not. Hit "Listen" to hear the story.

"I recently began officially with the orchestra," said Eric Gratz, the San Antonio Symphony’s new concertmaster, who said his love of music came from his musical family.

What does a concertmaster do?

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KPAC Blog
4:01 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Tobin Looks To Create "Wall Of Memories" For Concerts Past And Present

View from the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts .
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in September and will be the new home venue for the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio and other arts companies. The high-tech performance venue is said to be one of the must-have parts of making the city world class in the arts. As Tobin Foundation Chair Bruce Bugg notes, the Tobin started with the voters.

"Bexar county voters overwhelmingly by a 65 percent vote supported the Bond Election," Bugg said.

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KPAC Blog
1:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Surprises

Antonin Dvorak
Wikimedia Commons

As you likely know, the city-wide Dvořák Festival finds several classical music assets doing live concerts of the composer’s music. The yearly one-composer focus was begun by the San Antonio Symphony, and this is its fourth year.

"This week is the only week where we have two different programs on Friday and Saturday so you have to come twice this weekend if you want to hear the entire Dvořák cycle," said Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

Acclaimed soloist Michel Dalberto performs with the symphony first.

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KPAC Blog
3:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Symphony And YOSA Team Up To Tackle Dvorak's 'Serenade For Strings'

Troy Peters directs YOSA.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

Many classical music organizations are participating in the city-wide Dvořák Festival, and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio are doing so too. YOSA Music Director Troy Peters has the lowdown.

"We are working with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and also with musicians from the San Antonio Symphony" he explained. "So we’ll have a string orchestra of students and professionals playing together, playing the great Dvořák 'Serenade for Strings.' And then we’re also going to do a nice little set of choral music with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio."

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4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Is Finally Here

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

Next Friday the San Antonio Symphony’s month-long Dvořák Festival begins. An enthusiastic Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes Dvořák’s cello concerto as an outstanding one, and "probably also is the most popular cello concerto ever written."

For the Dvořák debut, the symphony is bringing back Chinese cellist Jian Wang.

"He’s looking forward to coming back to San Antonio this season, and we are looking forward to kick off the festival with him," Lang Lessing said.

It all starts with the spirited "Carnival Overture."

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