Friday, January 28, 2011

Pro/Am this weekend

"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned." - George Bernard Shaw
The first event for the San Antonio Symphony's Tchaikovsky Festival is this Sunday!

January 30, 2011
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
A FREE event at Municipal Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.
Come hear amateur musicians perform side-by-side in this unique concert experience with San Antonio Symphony musicians and Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.
Music workshop and rehearsal will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy in full concert at approximately 4:30 p.m.

This idea falls from the Baltimore and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, as an outreach, celebration and fundraiser.  You can read abou the BSO's Rusty Musicians here and here.  They have even gone so far to create a summer music academy!

"It is so difficult to mix with artists! You must choose business men to talk to, because artists only talk of money." - Jean Sibelius
The San Antonio Symphony announced their plans last fall for a Professional/Amateur rehearsal and concert, so KPAC Host John Clare filled out the forms, and learned in December he would be playing first violin!
Clare says, "I am looking forward to working with friends, and at the same time feel a little weird, maybe a bit nervous, having this chance to perform with the Symphony.  My most recent dealings are artist interviews and acting as Santa Claus and Jack O'Latern, not with my violin!
It will also be a chance to see the other side, literally, of Music Director Sebastian Lang Lessing."

See you Sunday at the Municipal for the kickoff of what will be a rousing Russian work! The San Antonio Symphony's Tchaikovsky Festival continues April 29th through May 8th.

"Every artist was first an amateur." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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