Las Américas Festival


Las Américas Festival
The Symphony’s sixth winter festival, Las Américas, will be led by Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, who serves as the festival’s curator. The city-wide festival, which is also part of our Valero Classic Series, will highlight vibrant and musically diverse works of composers from North, South and Central America and will include works from George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and many more, plus a world-premiere commissioned work by Jeffrey Mumford.

The Symphony is delighted to include our wonderful artistic partners in San Antonio who will share the spotlight, presenting chamber music, concert band music, and choral music.


SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER CHOIRSan Antonio Chamber-Choir-logo
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday Musical Club
Just One of Those Things: An American Love Story

Gershwin, arr. Mac Huff     Gershwin in Love
__“Love is Here to Stay”
__“But Not For Me”
__ “Somebody Loves Me”
__ “Oh, Lady Be Good”
__ “Somebody to Watch Over Me”
__ “Embraceable You”
__ “The Man I Love”
__ “I’ve Got a Crush on You”

Richard Rodgers, arr. Steve Zegree_____“Isn’t it Romantic?”
Harold Arlen, arr. Mark Hayes__________“Over the Rainbow”
Lennon/McCartney, arr. Ward Swingle___“When I’m 64”

Cole Porter , arr. Lou Hayward         “Just One of Those Things”
Claude-Michael Schoenberg, arr. Rick Bjella   “Bring Him Home”

January 5—29, 2016 | SA Rodeo Student Western Art Exhibition
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. |SA Rodeo Student Western Art Auction
Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum

This annual art competition showcases the best high school artists from across Texas.

The heritage of the American West is reflected in paintings and sculpture that tell the stories of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Cowboy cultures – the people who struggled to establish San Antonio, Texas and the West. The finest works of young Texas artists will be on display, echoing the art, history, and culture of the West.

Entries judged as the Top 15 are sold at a live auction to the highest bidder, and the remaining Top 25 entries will be sold at a silent auction to the highest bidder. Each student artist will receive the full amount of the proceeds in the form of a college scholarship (certain restrictions apply). The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Western Art Committee will host this year’s auction in January, at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in the Jack Guenther Pavilion.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

Friday, January 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist, Boerne, TX
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Kerrville, TX
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m., University of the Incarnate Word Concert Hall, San Antonio
Anastasia Parker and Matthew Zerweck, violins
Emily Freudigman, viola | Ken Freudigman, cello
Las Américas Quartet

Golijov             Tenebrae
Ives                  String Quartet No. 1 “From the Salvation Army”
Villa-Lobos      String Quartet No. 1, W099
Dvořák             String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 “American”

“A melting pot of string quartets composed in the Western Hemisphere, each one a synthesis of disparate cultures and experiences.”

January 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
TPR Presents: Las Américas

You are invited to join TPR for a special preview event at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, featuring pianist Carolyn True of SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and Aaron and George Prado. True will offer a preview of SOLI’s “Postcards from Las Américas” concert, and Aaron Prado and father George will play Gershwin, Ellington, and jazz arrangements of the songs of Agustin Lara. Enjoy great music, and learn more through onstage conversation with the artists and TPR’s James Baker and Nathan Cone.

Following the program, there will be time for light refreshments and conversation at the theater. This event is free for TPR members and members of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Non-members may attend for a suggested donation of $10.

Reserve your space for the event here.

San Antonio Symphony concert

January 15 and 16, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
January 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Vincent Balse, piano

Gershwin                              Cuban Overture
Gershwin, arr. Grofé           Rhapsody in Blue
Ellington and Strayhorn,    The Essential Ellington: Music of Ellington and Strayhorn
arr. Jeff Tyzik
Gershwin                               I Got Rhythm, Variations for Piano and Orchestra
Ellington, arr. Peress            Harlem
Gershwin                               Catfish Row: Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess

Our “Las Américas” festival celebrates the rich variety of music springing from melded cultures of North and South America. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing kicks the festival off with an evening of concert works from popular music and jazz legends George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, underlining the cross-cultural influence with Gershwin’s Latin-themed Cuban Overture, plus The Essential Ellington: Music of Ellington and Strayhorn. The program includes Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue.

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January 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
San Fernando Cathedral
Café Colombia / Edmar Castañeda, harp, and St. Petersburg String Quartet

Juantio Becenti           Divertimento No. 4 for Piano Quartet
Robert Schumann      Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47
——-St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Edmar Castaneda,       “A La Tierra” for String Quartet and Llanera Harp
arr. Emilio Solla
——-Edmar Castaneda, harp and St. Petersburg String Quartet

Part of the Las Américas city-wide music festival, Edmar Castañeda (harp) has taken the world’s stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command. “The Colombian plays the harp like hardly anyone else on earth. His hands, seemingly powered by two different people, produce a totally unique, symphonic fullness of sound, a rapid-fire of chords, balance of melodic figures and drive, served with euphoric Latin American rhythms, and the improvisatory freedom of a trained jazz musician . . . captivating virtuosity, but in no way only virtuosity for its own sake.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Free and open to the public

San Antonio Symphony concert
January 22 & 23, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
John Axelrod, conductor
Christine Lamprea, cello

Piazzolla ________Tangazo
Jeffrey Mumford__of fields unfolding . . . echoing depths of resonant light
John Adams _____El Dorado

The rich diversity of music found in the two Americas, North and South, is distilled into this perfect program featuring music by both North and South American master composers. American Jeffery Mumford’s cello concerto played by Christine Lamprea follows Tango genius Astor Piazzolla’s Tangazo subtitled “variations on Buenos Aires,” an evocative ode to the sensual Argentine city. Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento is a rollicking tribute to his own native city and its own venerable Boston Symphony Orchestra. John Adams’ El Dorado connects the long musical road between North and South with dazzling orchestral virtuosity.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Carver Community Cultural Center, Jo Long Theatre
226 N. Hackberry, (210) 207.2234

The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, returns to the road in 2016. Featuring critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists, the latest edition of the all-star tour band features Raul Midón on guitar and vocals; Ravi Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophones; Nicholas Payton on trumpet; musical director Gerald Clayton on piano; Joe Sanders on bass; and Justin Brown on drums.

World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival has stayed true to expanding live performances of jazz around the country since 2008 by presenting national tours that have reached over 100,000 fans in 135 shows across the United States and Canada.

SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETYSan Antonio Chamber-Music-Society-logo
January 24, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Temple Beth-El (211 Belknap Place)
Gryphon Trio

Debussy                  Trio in G major
Dinuk Wijeratne      Love Triangle
Ravel                        Trio in A minor

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.

SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ARTSan Antonio Museum of Art logo
Music at the Museum XVI
Monday, January 25, 2016 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

This 16th annual collaborative fundraising event of the San Antonio Symphony League and the San Antonio Museum of Art Docents supports art and music programs for Bexar County students. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres, wine-pull, a silent auction, and musical performances featuring San Antonio Symphony Concert Master, Eric Gratz.

$50 | RSVP:

Space is limited.

POSTCARDS FROM LAS AMÉRICAS –From the Andes to the Rockies | A musical journey of the Americas!
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, The Tobin Center
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University

The second program of the season explores the great music of the Americas, taking the audience on a journey through Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The centerpiece of SOLI’s program is a new work by Clarice Assad, a Brazilian-American composer of high acclaim in both the classical and jazz worlds. Her unique compositional style is equaled by her dazzling performances as a pianist and singer all around the world. Assad’s new work Colcha de Retalhos (Patchwork Quilt) will highlight SOLI and Assad’s incredible vocal talent. Also on the program are works by Astor Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Frank, Diego Vega, Miguel Del Aquila, Kelly Marie Murphy, Adam Schoenberg, and Mario Lavista.

San Antonio Symphony concert
January 29 & 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Eric Gratz, violin

Copland    El salón México
Barber       Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Catán        Florencia en el Amazonas (Orchestra Suite)
Barber      Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Aaron Copland’s El salón Mexico, an evocative tone-painting of a Mexico City dance hall, opens this program. The San Antonio Symphony features its very own brilliant concertmaster Eric Gratz in Samuel Barber’s superbly melodic Violin Concerto—its lush Romanticism a clever contrast to the same composer’s Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, his portrait of “psychological states of jealousy and vengeance which are timeless.” Orchestral excerpts from Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s tuneful Florencia en el Amazonas round out this colorful program.

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January 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
YOSA Philharmonic
Troy Peters, Music Director
Peter Flamm & Peter Wilson, timpani
Guadalupe Dance Company

Moncayo ___Huapango
Philip Glass__Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
Hanson_____Merry Mount Suite
Ginastera____Four Dances from Estancia

As part of the San Antonio Symphony’s 2016 Las Americas Festival, YOSA presents an electrifying evening of irresistible dance music from the U.S.A., Mexico, and Argentina.

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San Antonio Symphony concert
February 5 & 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Juan Pablo Jofre, bandoneón
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers / John Silantien, director

Schuman…………..From  New England Triptych
………………………………III. Chester

Bernstein         Chichester Psalms
Piazzolla          Aconcagua, Concerto for Bandoneón
Bernstein         On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite
Arturo Márquez    Danzón No. 2

This chapter of the Las Américas Festival is a smorgasbord of sounds and styles. Two sides of legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein’s greatest masterpieces are presented: his symphonic suite from the Oscar-winning film On the Waterfront and his sacred work set to biblical texts Chichester Psalms, featuring the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers. Tango-king Astor Piazzolla’s soulful concerto for bandoneón, Aconcagua, and Arturo Márquez’s toe-tapping Danzón No. 2 add Latin zest to the proceedings.

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THE PLAZA CLUBPlazaClub-SanAntonio-TX-color-logo
February 6, 2016

Throughout his life, Abrahamm has been involved in the arts in some form or another. From playing in bands to karate instructor, Abrahamm has had a multitude of rich experiences which he draws upon when creating his works. A few years spent-in the circus allowed him the opportunity to travel and meet people from all over the world.This instilled in him a passion for discovering new horizons, which in time developed into deep artistic talent. Today, Abrahamm creates his pieces using multiple materials and mediums to create jewelry, accessories, handmade doors, furniture, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and drawings. His artists eye, a natural sense of form and balance, and unique voice give every piece a soul all its own. Abrahamm works with collectors both internationally and nationally.

HEART OF TEXAS CONCERT BANDHeart-of-Texas-Concert-Band-logo
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio College, McAllister Auditorium
Morton Gould: A Tribute to a Legend

American composer Morton Gould (1913–1996) is one of the iconic figures in 20th century American music. A musical prodigy who published his first composition at age six, his professional career began when he was hired as the staff pianist at the opening of Radio City Music Hall. He was soon arranging and conducting musical programs that were broadcast nationwide via the Mutual Broadcasting System. His compositional output contains film scores, shows for Broadway, music for television and concert music in all genres. Included on the program will be “Jericho,” “Derivations for Clarinet and Jazz Band” (commissioned by the legendary Benny Goodman), and the “Symphony for Band” composed in 1952 for the Sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point. A special feature of the concert will be an appearance by Abby Burton, the composer’s daughter.

Free and open to the public

OLMOS ENSEMBLEOlmos-Ensemble-logo
February 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio
Martha Long, flute, Paul Lueders, oboe, Sharon Kuster, bassoon,
Jeff Garza, horn, Eric Gratz, violin, Patti Wolf, piano

Ginastera     Duo for flute and oboe
Harbison      Twilight Music for violin, horn, and piano
Previn            Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano
Piazzolla        Grand Tango for violin and piano

THE CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF SAN ANTONIOThe Children's-Chorus-of-San-Antono logo
Live at the Copa-Havana
Tuesday February 16, 2016, 7:30pm
H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

CCSA’s advanced ensembles in concert with Doc Watkins and his Orchestra. Enjoy a night on the town with the sights and sounds of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz. Cabaret seating available!

MUSICAL OFFERINGSMusical-Offerings-logo
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin
American Art at San Antonio Museum of Art
Spanish Colonial Gallery

Join us as we explore the music of North and South America. Works by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin and more. Concert will take place in the beautiful Spanish Colonial Gallery.

Monday, February 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
UTSA Recital Hall
UTSA Faculty and Friends

This UTSA faculty concert with Dr. Stephanie Westney and other string faculty features music of Las Américas by Balentine, Beach, Gershwin, Rochberg and Piazzolla.

This recital is free and open to the public.

SAN ANTONIO CHORAL SOCIETYSan Antonio Choral-Society-logo
Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Travis Park United Methodist Church / 230 E. Travis Street / San Antonio, TX 78205
Chaski, instrumental ensemble

Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna, Casal’s O vos omnes, and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla with the Andean instrumental ensemble Chaski. This concert will be given in partnership with the SA Symphony Las Américas festival.