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For Immediate Release: 9/13/2019

SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY OPENS 80TH SEASON WITH MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION” LEAD BY SEBASTIAN LANG-LESSING


SAN ANTONIO—

The San Antonio Symphony will launch its 2019-2020 Season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection,” on September 20 and 21, 2019, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing celebrates his 10th season as Music Director conducting one of Mahler`s most iconic masterpieces.

 

“This is a great start to a powerful season,” said Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. The 2019-2020 Season will be Lang-Lessing’s final season as Music Director before becoming Music Director Emertius in the 2020-2021 Season. “I decided on Mahler because, while finding new repertoire is exciting, highlighting old repertoire is also very meaningful.” The last time the San Antonio Symphony performed Mahler’s “Resurrection” was at the Symphony’s first concert performance in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts when it opened five years ago. The original building was built in 1926 as the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium that was then rebuilt and expanded into the Tobin Center in 2014. “At that time it was very symbolic as the building had been resurrected as a new concert hall, and now, it’s more metaphoric of where we are with the Symphony,” commented Lang-Lessing, “I think it’s a continuous journey of rebuilding and resurrecting to be stronger.”

The Symphony’s opening concert will also feature the San Antonio Mastersingers who are celebrating their 75th Anniversary. They bring 140 voices to the performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, creating a musical experience one won’t soon forget. The weekend will also feature soloists J’Nai Bridges (mezzo-soprano) who is regarded as one of the most sought-after talents of her generation and Deanna Breiwick (soprano), recently praised as a “vocal trapeze artist” by the New York Times.

The Symphony’s 2019-2020 season continues through June 6, 2020, with an eclectic variety of Pops, Classics, Movie Concerts, and Special Events. Upcoming concerts include Gershwin! on October 4 & 5, featuring internationally acclaimed conductor Joshua Weilerstein and master jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, Halloween Spooktacular on October 19 as part of their family concerts, Revolution: The Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience on November 1 & 2, and much more!

The San Antonio Symphony is generously presented by Frost.

Single tickets and Subscriptions are on sale now. Tickets range from $15 – $85, and can be purchased online at www.tobincenter.org, via phone (210) 223-8624, or in-person at the Tobin Center Box Office: 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX, 78205.

Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

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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: Piano Concerto in F

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR: The Composer is Dead

Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University

Saturday October 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Noam Aviel, conductor

Andrew Thornton, narrator

The Composer is Dead is a riotous collaboration between composer Nathaniel Stookey and children’s author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) that combines two elements of great story-telling: music and suspense. In a special Halloween-themed Family Concert, San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Noam Aviel will lead the orchestra in a gripping murder mystery where every member of the orchestra is a suspect! Originally created as an orchestral work, The Composer Is Dead was released as a book in 2009.

REVOLUTION: The Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center

Friday November 1, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Noam Aviel, conductor

A musical journey through the history of The Beatles! Featuring Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik’s restorative orchestrations as transcribed from the original recordings made at Abbey Road.  Don’t miss your “ticket to ride” for hit after Beatles hit including Penny Lane, All You Need is Love, Here Comes the Sun, and Hey Jude, performed by featured vocalists and the San Antonio Symphony!

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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 Associate 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.

ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO MASTERSINGERS

The official chorus of the symphony, the San Antonio Mastersingers, celebrate their 75th anniversary of performance with this 2019-2020 season. The first symphony chorus to be created in Texas, the Mastersingers brings 140 volunteer voices together from throughout the San Antonio area and from all walks of life, under the direction of Dr. John Silantien.

ABOUT FROST BANK

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