Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.
"It's harder than it looks. You practice it, and it seems pretty straight forward. But when you add the orchestra, with the scoring and rhythms, it is not as easy as it seems, in fact it is really hard!" said Martina Filjak discussing Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.
Martina has played the piece for ten years now, and recently visited the gardens that inspired the work in Sierra de Cordoba.
Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am
Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
Coming up next week, a solo piano recital by Lang Lang, Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. As he did in his last appearance in San Antonio, the image of his hands will be projected over the piano during the concert, so you’ll see his technique from every seat in the historic Majestic.
The San Antonio Symphony was one of many across the country to be in contract negotiations and is now one of the few to finally come to an agreement. Symphony Board Chair Dennert Ware said the collective bargaining agreement will extend the length of the performance season.
"We're slowly increasing the weeks from 27 to 29; we think that's a positive step," Ware said. "We made some very modest increases in salary."