Join Maestro Ken-David Masur and the San Antonio Symphony for two exciting performances in your neighborhood! Performances will be held on Tuesday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Lanier High School and Highlands High School respectively. Hear the works of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Grofé as well as a side-by-side performance featuring local San Antonio students in these free events for the whole community.
These free performances include movements from Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony as well as the folk music of Béla Bartók and Percy Grainger. Additionally, students from the Lanier High School Band and Highlands High School Orchestra will perform alone and alongside the San Antonio Symphony.
The San Antonio Symphony in finishing the second season of the AT&T Music Scholars program which provides music mentorship to three area schools throughout the school year. The band, mariachi, and orchestra programs at Lanier, Edgewood, and Highlands High Schools have received regular coachings by symphony musicians throughout the school year in an effort to not only build-up their existing music programs but to also improve graduation rates. Students from each school will get to perform alongside the San Antonio Symphony during their respective concerts with the mentors they have been working with throughout the year.
Ken Masur, San Antonio Symphony’s Resident Conductor, is a “brilliant and commanding” [from the Leipziger Volkszeitung] conductor with “unmistakable charisma” [from the Bild]. This high praise has followed Ken Masur since his conducting debut in 1998. As the San Antonio Symphony’s Resident Conductor for the 2009-2010 season, Masur will conduct twenty-four performances in the San Antonio Symphony’s Young People’s Concert Series, four performances in the Family Classics series and assorted other Pops, Educational and Community concerts.