San Antonio Symphony

Libby Day

Some say the holidays aren't complete without seeing a production of Messiah. This year, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's (YOSA) Troy Peters guest conducts the San Antonio Symphony's Messiah production. He says the tradition is warranted.

Stewart Copeland drummed for the wildly popular '80s and '90s group The Police. Now he's back in San Antonio on a decidedly different beat.  He's written a concerto called The Tyrant's Crush, and he says writing a score for an orchestra is tougher than making rock-n-roll.

San Antonio Mastersingers

San Antonio performing arts organizations are beginning their fall seasons. I spoke with the Symphony's Sebastian Lang-Lessing who said the San Antonio Symphony is starting out the season with a bang.

"The season starts with a very big bang with Carmina Burana by Carl Orff," he says.

Leo Flesher

The San Antonio Symphony launches a new initiative to reach young musicians.  It's called the High School Residency Program, and it takes musicians from the symphony and has them mentor students from two local high schools.

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Sometimes even a beautiful new concert hall isn’t enough to bring ‘em in. What can you do? For some members of the San Antonio Symphony, the answer is to take the show to the people.

“The Tobin is of course an amazing venue, but there’s a lot of space between us and [the audience], and also maybe a little bit of intimidation that such a nice concert hall puts on the listener,” explains symphony cellist Ryan Murphy. “We can’t even see individual faces a lot of the time.”

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