Sebastian Lang-Lessing

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."

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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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.

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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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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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