San Antonio Symphony

The Source - June 13, 2013
10:56 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Source: Big Brother Or Big Deal | The Future Of The San Antonio Symphony

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

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.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Concludes Season With Mahler

John Clare TPR Arts

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.

Classical Spotlight
9:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

French Master Shows Romantic Side With Mozart Gem

Pianist Michel Dalberto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Two works share the San Antonio Symphony program this weekend with conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing: Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Michel Dalberto.

Audiences won't expect the romantic sounds of Ferruccio Busoni when they hear  the Mozart - but the Italian master wrote cadenzas (solo passages within the concerto) that Dalberto will play. 

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SA Arts & Culture
11:23 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Video: San Antonio Symphony Pop-Up Concert At Rackspace

Eileen Pace TPR

It was somewhat of a cacophony at Rackspace on Tuesday, as members of the San Antonio Symphony set up for a surprise pop-up concert – right in the middle of the food truck courtyard.

New San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Downey said the symphony owes a debt of gratitude to Graham Weston and the other Rackers, who came out to show their support.

"Graham has made a six-figure pledge to the symphony and he wants other corporations and people to do the same thing and help the symphony, and help our community by doing so," Downey said.

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San Antonio Symphony
3:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Symphony CEO Set To Take Organization Into The Future

The San Antonio Symphony moves into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2014.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony announced today that Jack Downey, a local businessman, fundraising consultant and retired Air Force officer, will take the helm as the organizations new CEO.

Downey said this position was an irresistible opportunity:

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Classical Spotlight
11:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

SA Symphony Celebrates Fiesta With Traditional And Baroque Music

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Three concerts span fun Fiesta and Riverwalk themes with Akiko Fujimoto!

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony adds cellos, oboes, and more to mariachi sounds with their annual Fiesta Pops at the Majestic Theatre Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

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Classical Spotlight
1:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony is joined by soloists and choirs to present Verdi's Requiem. The program will include three choirs and four soloists, in addition to a full orchestra.

"It was natural to feature Verdi during this anniversary," says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. "It truly is operatic, and you'll hear that with our amazing soloists, choruses."

April 12 & 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre

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Classical Spotlight
3:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Leading Violinist Solos And Conducts San Antonio Symphony

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin
Courtesy of the artist

Cho-Liang Lin features Vivaldi and Schubert this weekend in San Antonio

On tap Friday and Saturday night at the Majestic are Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plus three works by the romantic composer Franz Schubert: Two violin and orchestra works, plus his "Symphony No. 6."

Leading the program is violinist/conductor Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin.

Lin is a world class violin soloist, recording artist and the artistic director of the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. He talks about the San Antonio program, how he began conducting, and the importance of teaching.

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Classical Spotlight
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Dragons & Gods, Fire & Blood Fill San Antonio Symphony Program

Sebastian Lang-Lessing at TPR
John Clare TPR Arts

Music by Richard Wagner and Michael Daugherty on tap this weekend

Throughout 2013, musicians will be playing Richard Wagner in honor of his 200th birthday this May. The San Antonio Symphony will offer wonderful selections of Wagner's grand opus, "Der Ring des Nibelungen."

"Highlights would not be enough, because we are going through the journey of the ring!" said Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

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KPAC Blog
10:08 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

How To Make A Trumpet Player

Chuck Berginc
Phoenix Symphony

Years ago, in the late 1970s, Chuck Berginc joined the San Antonio Symphony as the orchestra's second trumpet. Chuck's career later took him to several years as principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and more recently (if 30 years can be considered recent) principal with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful professional trumpet player? Everyone has their own story, so here is Chuck's, in his own words (and notes).

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