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San Antonio Symphony opens 2012-2013 Season with a Dazzling Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto and Dramatic Opera Choruses
San Antonio Symphony

September, 2012

The San Antonio Symphony’s first performance of its 73rd season opened October 5 & 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. Leading the orchestra was guest conductor Ramon Tebar and the guest soloist waspianist Katherine Chi. Joining the orchestra on the second half of the program will be the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, led by Dr. John Silantien. The performances are sponsored by a generous gift from The Nordan Trust. The Symphony’s 14-concert Masterclassics series is divided into a 7-concert Ovation series and a 7-concert Applause series. The 2012-2013 season runs from October to June 2013. These performances open the Ovation series and the Applause series opens on October 19 & 20, with Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing on the podium. The Symphony POPS series opens November 2 & 3.

 

The October 5 & 6 program will feature dazzling orchestral colors from Russian, Spain and Italy. Bizet’s Carmen and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol are orchestral showpieces with a Spanish flair. Three well-known opera choruses by Verdi will showcase the virtuosity of the Mastersingers. Pianist Katherine Chi will perform one of the most popular, dazzling and difficult piano concerto in the standard repertoire—Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

 

Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique” wrote The New York Times about her New York piano recital. Chi gave her debut recital at the age of nine. A year later she was accepted to prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Master's degree and Graduate and Artist Diplomas. She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Chi was a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian and the first woman to win Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition. Her debut recording, on the Arktos label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

 

Guest conductor Ramon Tebar was recently appointed Music Director of Florida Grand Opera (Miami) and the Santo Domingo Music Festival’s Associate Conductor, Tebar becomes the first Spanish conductor to lead a major American Opera Company. He has also been appointed Music Director of Palm Beach Symphony becoming the youngest Spanish conductor taking charge of an American Symphony Orchestra. Tebar began his conducting career at the age of fifteen, already in the opera world, as an assistant conductor and pianist in his home town in Spain.  He graduated with honors, Special Honor Award in Piano and Chamber Music Degrees, Bärenreiter Prize, Special Prize in the Musical Youth of Spain Competition, Medaille d´Honneur “Villa de Claira” (France) and an Award in the III International Conducting Competition “Luigi Mancinelli” (Italy). After winning a Competition for Conductors with Youth National Orchestra of Spain, he started to work as assistant conductor with the orchestra for two seasons. Since then, Tebar has shared his conducting activities between symphonic and operatic repertoire in Europe and the United States.

 

The full program on October 5 & 6, 2012 will be:

Ramon Tebar, conductor and Katherine Chi, piano

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director

Rachmaninoff             Piano Concerto No. 3

Rimsky-Korsakov       Capriccio espagnol

Verdi                           Choruses from La forza del destino, Il trovatore and La traviata

Falla                            Intermezzo and Dances from La vida breve

Bizet                            March and Chorus, "Le voici!" from Carmen                                   

 

This concert sponsored by The Nordan Trust

 

The full listing the Symphony’s 2012-2013 season is available online at http://www.sasymphony.org/category/concerts-tickets/this-season-at-a-glance/

 

For more information:
Jack Fishman, San Antonio Symphony
fishmanj@sasymphony.org
(210) 554-1090

 

San Antonio Symphony – 2012-2013 Season Calendar Listing

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Music Director

As of August 17, 2012

 

CLASSICS SERIES

 

Classics 1 (Ovation 1)                          

October 5 & 6, 2012

RACH 3

Ramon Tebar, conductor and Katherine Chi, piano

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director

Rachmaninoff             Piano Concerto No. 3

Rimsky-Korsakov       Capriccio espagnol

Verdi                           Choruses from La forza del destino, Il trovatore and La traviata

Falla                            Intemezzo and Dances from La vida breve

Bizet                            March and Chorus, "Le voici!" from Carmen                                   

 

Concert sponsored by The Nordan Trust

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LANG LANG IN RECITAL

Majestic Theatre | 7:30 pm (special event, without orchestra).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G major, K. 283

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, K. 282

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310

 

—Intermission—

 

Frédéric Chopin:

Chopin Ballade No. 1, Op., 23 in G minor

Chopin Ballade No. 2, Op., 38 in F major

Chopin Ballade No. 3, Op., 47 in A–flat major

Chopin Ballade No. 4, Op., 52 in F minor Classics 2 (Applause 1)

 

Sponsored by Thomas Jr. and Jane Cheever Powell

 

October 19 & 20, 2012

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Baiba Skride, violin

Picker                          Old and Lost Rivers               

Schumann                   Violin Concerto

Berlioz                         Symphonie fantastique

 

Concert sponsored by the San Antonio Symphony League

 

POPS 1

November 2 & 3, 2012

WICKED DIVAS

Laurie Auditorium: Steven Reineke, conducting  and Ali Mauzey and Nicole Parker, vocalists

Ali Mauzey and Nicole Parker, stars of the hit musical Wicked, join guest conductor Steven Reineke and your San Antonio Symphony in diva showstoppers including favorites from Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Ragtime and Chicago.

 

Classics 3 (Ovation 2)

November 9 & 10, 2012

BOLERO

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Martina Filjak, piano

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers Women, John Silantien, director

Ravel                           Rapsodie espagnole   

Falla                            Nights in the Gardens of Spain     

Debussy                      Nocturnes       

Ravel                           Bolero            

 

Concert sponsored by the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation

                       

Veterans Day: Salute to Service

Majestic Theater

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. — Free Concert, but tickets required.

The San Antonio Symphony’s annual SALUTE TO SERVICE concert will be at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday, November 11, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. For the second consecutive season, the Symphony will share the stage with the United States Air Force Band of the West.

This concert sponsored by the Bexar County Department of Community Resources.

 

Classics 4 (Applause 2)

November 16 & 17, 2012

JUPITER      

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Ewa Kupiec, piano

Copland                      Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Ravel                           Piano Concerto in G Major    

Mozart                         Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”  

 

Concert is sponsored by Valero Energy Foundation.

Ms. Kupiec’s appearance sponsored by Carolyn A. Seale and Carol Lee Klose.

 

The Nutcracker with Ballet San Antonio

Majestic Theatre

November 23, 24 & 25, 2012 and November 30 and December 1 & 2, 2012

 

Sponsored in part by Valero Energy Foundation

 

A Baroque Christmas

November 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor | Bonnie Terry, violin

Torelli              Concerto Grosso in G minor, op. 8, no. 6, “Christmas Concerto”

Charpentier                 Noëls pour les instruments, H. 534

Bach                            Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Violin and String Orchestra, BWV 1041

Corelli                         Concerto Grosso in G minor, op. 6, no. 8, “Christmas Concerto”

Bach                            Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

 

Handel’s Messiah at three different Churches

Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at University United MethodistChurch

Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. at Coker United MethodistChurch

Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at TrinityBaptistChurch

 

Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director

Kathryn Mueller, soprano

Cindy Sadler, Alto

Eric Schmidt, tenor

Matthew Arnold, baritone

 

The San Antonio Symphony is joined by the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers for three performances of the Christmas portion of Handel’s timeless classic at three different locations.

 

POPS 2

December 21 & 22, 2012

HOLIDAY POPS

Majestic Theatre: Akiko Fujimoto, conductor and The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Marguerite McCormick, director

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with the angelic voices of children and the majestic San Antonio Symphony? Assistant Conductor Akiko Fujimoto will lead the chorus and orchestra in the glorious sounds of the season.

 

Classics 5 (Ovation 3)

January 11 & 12, 2013

GARZA PLAYS MOZART

Evan Rogister, conductor and Jeff Garza, horn

Mozart                         Symphony in D Major, K. 97

Mozart                         Horn Concerto No. 4

            Adams                         The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra

TBA                            Symphony TBA

 

Concert is sponsored by Valero Energy Foundation.

 

Passione: Italian Baroque

January 19, 2013 | 7:00 pm | UTSA Recital Hall

January 20, 2013 | 7:00 pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor and Kenneth Freudigman, cello

Vivaldi                        Sinfonia in G major, RV149, “Il coro della muse”

Geminiani                    Concerto Grosso in C major (After Corelli, Op. 5, No. 3)

Locatelli                      Trauer-Symphonie

Tartini              Concerto in D major for Cello and Orchestra

Scarlatti                       Sinfonia No. 2 in D major

Corelli                         Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4

 

Classics 6 (Applause 3)

January 25 & 26, 2013

SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE

Karen Kamensek, conductor and Karen Gomyo, violin

            Chabrier                      “Fête polonaise” from Le roi malgré lui

            Lalo                             Symphonie espagnole

            Ives                             Symphony No. 2

 

POPS 3

February 1 & 2, 2013

POPS GOES TO THE MOVIES

Majestic Theatre: Carl Topilow, conductor and clarinet

Lights! Camera! Action! The San Antonio Symphony goes to the movies (with videos projected above the orchestra) in Hollywood favorites including Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Forrest Gump, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean.

 

2013 BRAHMS FESTIVAL

Classics 7A (Ovation 4a)

Friday, February 8, 2013

BRAHMS FESTIVAL 1

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Kirill Gerstein, piano

Brahms                        Piano Concerto No. 1

Brahms                        Symphony No. 1

 

Classics 7B (Ovation 4b)

BRAHMS FESTIVAL 2

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Kirill Gerstein, piano

Brahms                        Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms                        Symphony No. 2

 

DISCOVER Brahms 2

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3 p.m., Majestic Theatre

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor

 

Brahms                        Symphony No. 2

 

Classics 8A (Applause 4a)

BRAHMS FESTIVAL 3

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Vadim Gluzman, violin

Brahms                        Violin Concerto

Brahms                        Symphony No. 3

 

Classics 8B (Applause 4b)

BRAHMS FESTIVAL 4

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor, Vadim Gluzman, violin and Jian Wang, cello

Brahms                        Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

Brahms                        Symphony No. 4

 

DISCOVER Brahms 4

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3 p.m., Majestic Theatre

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor

 

Brahms                        Symphony No. 4

 

The Brahms Festival is sponsored by The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

 

POPS 4

March 1 & 2, 2013

SOUNDS OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

Laurie Auditorium: Michael Krajewski, conductor and AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, vocalists

Michael Krajewski returns to San Antonio with the sensational sounds of Simon and Garfunkel including Bridge Over Troubled Waters,

59th Street

Bridge Song, I Am a Rock, Scarborough Fair, Me and Julio, Sounds of Silence and much more.

 

 

Classics 9 (Ovation 5)

March 8 & 9, 2013

FIRE AND BLOOD

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Alexandre Da Costa, violin

Daugherty                   Fire and Blood                                               

Wagner                        Orchestral highlights from The Ring                                                  

 

Classics 10 (Applause 5)

March 22 & 23, 2013

THE FOUR SEASONS

Cho-Liang Lin, conductor and violin

Vivaldi                        The Four Seasons

            Schubert                      Polonaise, D. 580

Schubert                      Konzertstück, D. 345

            Schubert                      Symphony No. 6, “Little C Major”

 

The annual Russell Hill Rogers Strings Masterclass will be led by Mr. Lin.

 

Classics 11 (Ovation 6)

April 12 & 13, 2013

VERDI REQUIEM

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director

University of Texas at San Antonio Concert Choir

Trinity University Choir, Gary Seighman, director.

Ana María Martínez, soprano and other vocal soloists to be announced

Verdi                           Messa da requiem                                          

 

Concert is sponsored by the Catherine and Francis Burzik Foundation.

 

POPS 5

April 19 & 20, 2013

FIESTA POPS

Majestic Theatre: Akiko Fujimoto, conductor, guest artists tba

Celebrate the unique spirit of the music and musicians of San Antonio and South Texas. The Fiesta Pops captures the beloved flavor of Fiesta with a wide variety of music and guest artists.

 

Fiesta Baroque

April 21, 2013 | 7:00 pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor | Hideaki Okada, oboe | Sayaka Okada, violin

Purcell                         from The Fairy Queen, Z.629

Rameau                       from Les Indes galantes

Bach                            Concerto in C minor for Oboe, Violin, and String Orchestra, BWV 1060

Handel                        from Water Music,

Suites 2

and 3

 

 

Classics 12 (Applause 6)

May 3 & 4, 2013

BEETHOVEN & SIBELIUS

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Andreas Bach, piano

Verdi                           Overture to Nabucco             

Beethoven                   Piano Concerto No. 4

Sibelius                        Symphony No. 5

 

POPS 6

May 10 & 11, 2013:

LIVE AND LET DIE—A SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF PAUL MCCARTNEY

Laurie Auditorium: Starring Tony Kishman, Martin Herman, conductor

Veteran of the Broadway hit, Beatlemania, Tony Kishman has toured worldwide with the music of Paul McCartney. Relive that golden era with Hey Jude,

Penny Lane

, Live and Let Die, Yesterday, My Love, Uncle Albert, Let It Be, Maybe I’m Amazed, Hello Good-Bye, The Long and

Winding Road

, Get Back, Silly Love Songs, plus many more.

 

 

Classics 13 (Ovation 7)

May 17 & 18, 2013

MOZART & SHOSTAKOVICH

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Michel Dalberto, piano

Mozart                         Piano Concerto No. 22

Shostakovich               Symphony No. 8

 

Classics 14 (Applause 7)

May 31 & June 1, 2013

MAHLER 3

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Dana Miller, alto

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers Women, John Silantien, director

The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Marguerite McCormick, director

Mahler                         Symphony No. 3

 

All artists and programs subject to change.

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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.

For more information:
Jack Fishman, San Antonio Symphony
fishmanj@sasymphony.org
(210) 554-1090



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