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KPAC Blog
1:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker
Still Life Photography

"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.

"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."

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KPAC Blog
2:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphony Welcomes Guest Violinist Philippe Quint And His Stradivarius To San Antonio

Philippe Quint and his violin.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco press photo

The San Antonio Symphony has invited guest violinist Philippe Quint for its next performance. Quint was born in Leningrad, Russia, to a musical family and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

He earned multiple degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. Quint will be in San Antonio this weekend to play Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the San Antonio Symphony.

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.

"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.

The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.

"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.

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KPAC Blog
3:48 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lang-Lessing Orchestrates Grand Vision For San Antonio

Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about his vision for the future.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The five-year contract extension signing by San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing almost seemed like an athletic superstar event. Notables like the Tobin Center’s Bruce Bugg and Judge Nelson Wolff offered their thanks to the conductor, but the new Symphony GM David Gross really set the tone.

"I know how Coach Pop felt the day that Tim Duncan committed to the long term with the Spurs," Gross said.

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KPAC Blog
3:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Maestro Lang-Lessing Extends Symphony Contract

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

It’s rare that there’s breaking news in the classical music realm locally, but today’s news that Sebastian Lang-Lessing will extend his contract with the San Antonio Symphony definitely qualifies.

It's a new five-year extension brought on, in part, by an increased financial commitment on the part of major donors such as H-E-B and Valero.

Lang-Lessing is originally from Germany, and is a very popular conductor there, in Europe and as far away as Tokyo and Tasmania, where he conducted concurrently with San Antonio until 2012.

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KPAC Blog
10:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Haunting Performance From The Symphony: "The Composer Is Dead"

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.

"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.

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Arts Downtown
1:28 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Luminaria Finally Has Time To Contemplate Growth, Is A 10-Day Event In The Works?

Meow Wolf installation for the Sixth Annual Luminaria in March 2012.
ArtGives.org and David Frank

After six years of arts and experimentation, the committee behind Luminaria is now working on how to advance the annual visual art expo over the next five years.

The annual event, which is usually held in the spring, is hard to miss downtown with its vibrant light displays and visual projections. It started using several streets around the Alamo and then moved into Hemisfair Park, but now its creative team is looking at the future, of when, where, and how long it should be.

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KPAC Blog
3:39 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.

"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something  that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."

Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."

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KPAC Blog
2:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Lang-Lessing Excited About Symphony's New Season

Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.

"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov  and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"

Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

San Antonio Symphony To Kick Off Its Season

Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts next week.  The symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto tells us what to expect this fall.

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