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.
The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday night at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country. Actor (and music lover) Ricardo Chavira will once again host this year’s broadcasts. Each week, the “San Antonio Symphony on KPAC” showcases the very best of the Symphony’s concert season and provides classical music lovers the opportunity to relive the world-class performances or experience them for the first time.
President Obama said the balance between liberty and security is a tricky. As the National Security Agency tries to defend its data collection practices in the wake of the Eric Snowden leak, the debate continues around the issue with little chance of abating anytime soon. Julian Sanchez from the Cato Institute and Ron Sievert from Texas A&M University will make their cases.
The San Antonio Symphony rounds out the 2012-13 season with the epic Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Joining them are the women of the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller.
Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing discusses the work in the video below, in which he reminds us this symphony is perhaps the longest in the standard repertoire. There is also a last minute substitution, Vance Woolf will play the posthorn solo, as principal trumpeter John Carroll is ill.