Thursday, November 6, 2008

Classical Spotlight: Tempting Tempest

This week we have living composers, conductor candidates and piano recitals besides a visiting string quartet and YOSA!
Kimball Gallagher plays a recital tonight at 7pm at Alamo Heights Methodist Church. On the program is Liszt, Chopin and Villa-Lobos. It's free and open to the public.
Tomorrow and Saturday the San Antonio Symphony performs Copland’s Appalachian Spring; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the "Pastorale". Violinist and conductor Scott Yoo is featured each evening at the Majestic Theater, the concerts are at 8pm and a pre-concert talk starts at 7pm. These concerts are in honor of KPAC's 25th Anniversary and will feature introductory remarks by Texas Public Radio personalities Randy Anderson and John Clare.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm, the Prazak Quartet returns to San Antonio with the Chamber Music Society at Temple Beth El. You can find out more about this San Antonio Chamber Music Society concert on our website, and click on Classical Spotlight.
Also Sunday afternoon at 3pm is pianist Brian Holland, who will present a recital of Ragtime music at Christ Episcopal Church.
YOSA, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio take the stage Sunday afternoon at 4pm with The Good, the Bad, and the Huapango at Laurie Auditorium. Harpist Rachel Ferris and conductor Marlon Chen collaborate in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and have Copland's ballet Billy the Kid as well as Moncayo's Huapango on the program. There’s a podcast about Copland here.
Soli begins their 14th season this next week. The program features Joan Tower, Elliott Carter and Paul Moravec on Wednesday November 12th at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hall and Thursday November 13th at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, both at 7:30pm with pre-concert talks at 7:00.

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