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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2019

SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing celebrates 10 years with Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos, and collaborations with acclaimed soloists including Yefim Bronfman, Olga Kern, and Anthony McGill.

Season ticket packages on sale now.

SAN ANTONIO— Today, the San Antonio Symphony announced details of the 2019-20 season which will mark Sebastian Lang-Lessing’s 10th year as Music Director.  The Classics Series will include 14 weeks of programs, open with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” and conclude with legendary master of the keyboard Yefim Bronfman as soloist for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.

“The 2019-20 season is a season of transition,” stated Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. “I am telling a story with the concerts I conduct. This is a story of great artistic achievements and wonderful inspirational work with ‘my’ orchestra. I wanted to bring repertoire which reflects our work of the last decade. We opened the Tobin center with Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. Five years later we have explored the possibilities of this magnificent hall and made it our own.

We celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in a festival presenting, among other works, his rarely performed “The Creatures of Prometheus”. My friend Kevork Mourad will visualize Beethoven’s only ballet score in an innovative and captivating way. I invite you, the best audience we could ask for, to join me on this journey.”

Other highlights of the season include Mozart’s haunting final masterwork, “Requiem,” all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos performed over two evenings, the Dvořák Cello Concerto, and Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 4.

San Antonio Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart said, “In addition to the major artistic highlights of our 80th season, we look forward to celebrating Sebastian and his significant artistic impact on the orchestra. This season is both a milestone in our history, and a time to look to the future and our next 80 years!”

Several season ticket packages, each with deep discounts affording patrons savings equivalent to at least one free concert, are on sale now. Details are available at www.sasymphony.org and packages may be purchased by calling the Tobin Center Box Office at (210) 223-8624, or visiting in person from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am – 2pm on Saturday.

The 2019-2020 Season is generously presented by Frost.

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2019-2020 CLASSICS SEASON

MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION”

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, September 20, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Deanna Breiwick, soprano
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien, director

MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection”

GERSHWIN!

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano

SHAW: Entr’acte for Strings
GERSHWIN: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”

SCHEHERAZADE

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, November 8, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

RAVEL: Suite from Mother Goose
BARTÓK: Concerto No. 3 in E Major for Piano and Orchestra
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35

MOZART REQUIEM

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, November 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

David Danzmayr, conductor
Eric Gratz, violin
Ellie Dehn, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Myles Mykkanen, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien, director

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
WEILL: Concerto for Violin and Wind Instruments, Op. 12
MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K. 626

BRAHMS FIRST

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Christian Reif, conductor
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien, director

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
WAGNER: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
BRAHMS: Song of Destiny, Op. 54
WAGNER: Selections from Die Meistersinger von Nüremburg

TCHAIKOVSKY FIRST PIANO CONCERTO

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

SHOSTAKOVICH: Selections from The Gadfly
TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

DVOŘÁK CELLO CONCERTO

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, February 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Andrei Ioniță, piano

DVOŘÁK: Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28

MOZART AND RAVEL

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien, director

MAZZOLI: Holy Roller
MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 63
RAVEL: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

SEDUCTIVE SPANISH GUITAR

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar
Soprano soloist, TBD

FALLA: Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat
RODERIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
DEBUSSY, arr. Matthews:  Les collines d’Anacapri and La puerta del vino
RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

BEETHOVEN SEVEN

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Kevork Mourad, visual artist

BEETHOVEN: Selections from The Creatures of Prometheus
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

BEETHOVEN: THE PIANO CONCERTOS

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Night One: Friday, April 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19
BEETHOVEN: Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72c
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58

Night Two: Saturday, April 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37
BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73, “Emperor”

MOZART’S “ELVIRA MADIGAN”

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, May 15, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Roderick Cox, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, visual artist

BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
MOZART: Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467
STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1947 Version)

MAJESTIC BRUCKNER

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, May 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Anthony McGill, clarinet

MOZART: Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, “Romantic”

BRONFMAN PLAYS RACHMANINOFF

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

HIGDON: Work TBD
RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 30
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

*Details are subject to change.

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ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY
The San Antonio Symphony, established in 1939, is a nonprofit performing arts organization with the mission to delight, engage, and enrich the entire community through excellent performance, education, and outreach. Under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Assistant Conductor Noam Aviel, the San Antonio Symphony gives more than 100 performances annually, including classics, pops, educational programs, movie concerts, and performances with our fellow resident opera and ballet companies. With more than 70 professional musicians, the Symphony serves over 130,000 people per year including over 50,000 students. For more information about the San Antonio Symphony, please visit SASymphony.org.

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