San Antonio Symphony Performs Rachmaninoff
When: Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 8 p.m.
Where: Majestic Theatre
Tickets: Individual concert tickets range from $8 to $64.75 and are available to purchase at the Symphony Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting www.sasymphony.org. Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 for concert tickets.
The San Antonio Symphony performs a concert filled with three diverse works inspired by love. The second half of the concert will feature one of the great romantic showpiece for orchestra—Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, under the baton of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. It is Rachmaninoff’s grandest work, and has sweeping lines, lush orchestral sounds and inspired melodies. Rachmaninoff said, “Music should express the sum total of a composer’s experiences…Music is born only of the heart and it appeals to the heart. It is love.”
The first half of the concert features Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and one of the great masterpieces of the early twentieth century—the Berg Violin Concerto. The concerto was inspired by the tragic death by polio of an 18-year old girl who was a life-long friend of Alban Berg and it was the last work he completed. The first sections represent life and the last death and transfiguration. This ultra-romantic work combines tonal music with the 12-tone technique and ends with a remarkable set of variations on the Lutheran hymn, “It is enough! Lord, if it pleases you.” This is one of the great violin concertos ever written and delves deeply into the human psyche.
Joining the San Antonio Symphony as soloist in the Berg Violin Concerto is violinist Kojia Blocher. Born in Berlin, Blocher came to the United States to study at The Juilliard School in New York City at the age of 15. In addition to his many performances with the world’s greatest orchestras, he makes music education an important part of his career. Blocher has been a professor for violin and chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg since October 1999. Since spring 2009 he has a professorship at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Blacher plays the “Tritton” Stradivari violin from 1730, on generous loan to him from Ms. Kimiko Powers.
Concert is Sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony League
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About the San Antonio Symphony: The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit www.sasymphony.org. To purchase tickets, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.