SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 CLASSICAL SEASON

12 guest conductors to appear as search for new music director continues. Sebastian Lang-Lessing to return for two weekends of concerts in role of Music Director Emeritus.

SAN ANTONIO— Today, the San Antonio Symphony announced details of the 2021-22 Classical Season which will include 14 weeks of programs, most led by guest conductors as the Orchestra searches for new artistic leadership after the 10-year tenure of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.  Lang-Lessing will return for two weekends this season in his role as Music Director Emeritus.

The new season begins October 29th with Jeffrey Kahane – former Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Rosa Symphony – leading a program that features Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony. It concludes June 4th with a program showcasing the virtuoso musicians of the San Antonio Symphony including concertmaster Eric Gratz.

The SAS will begin its 2021-2022 Classical Season in late October rather than its typical mid-September start in hopes that national and local trends, as well as CDC guidelines, will allow for concert experiences that are comparable to pre-pandemic events.

“While the 2021-22 season should mark a return to normalcy, we hope that it is more than that,” commented San Antonio Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart.  “We want it to be a celebration.  A celebration of the enduring power of music, and of the remarkable resilience of our musicians and audiences.”

Guest conductors include Joshua Weilerstein (former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic and current Music Director of Switzerland’s Orchestre de Chambre de Laussane), 2018 Sir George Solti Conducting Award winner Roderick Cox, Pablo Rus Broseta (former Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony), current Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, Kensho Watanabe (former Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra), Jaap van Zweden protégé Ruth Reinhardt, Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Music Director Brett Mitchell, and Jessica Cottis who has conducted major ensembles in Australia and England.

Several acclaimed piano soloists will appear, including Yefim Bronfman, Kiril Gerstein, Stephen Hough, and Jon Kimura Parker.  String soloists include Sphinx Competition winner and cellist Sterling Elliott, and violinists Angelo Xiang Yu, Karen Gomyo, and Phillipe Quint.

SAS concertmaster Eric Gratz remarked, “My colleagues and I are excited for the new season.  We are eager to welcome back our amazing audiences – hopefully without restrictions on attendance – and to collaborate with an impressive array of guest conductors and soloists.  Some, like Maestro Lang-Lessing, are old friends, but many will be performing with the San Antonio Symphony for the first time.”

Several season ticket packages are offered, each with deep discounts affording patrons savings equivalent to at least one free concert. Subscription renewal packets will be mailed starting the week of March 15.

Symphony subscription representatives will available to answer questions regarding the upcoming season by emailing boxoffice@sasymphony.org or calling (210)554-1080.

Additional information and updates for SAS patrons is available at https://sasymphony.org

The San Antonio Symphony is generously presented by Frost.

 

2021-2022 CLASSICS SEASON

 

RADIANT RACHMANINOFF
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, October 29, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Sterling Elliott, cello

ELGAR                                  Cello Concerto

RACHMANINOFF                Symphony No. 2 in E Minor

 

TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, November 5, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Angelo Xiang-Yu, violin

MISSY MAZZOLI                Holy Roller     

TCHAIKOVSKY                  Violin Concerto

RAVEL                                  Valses nobles et sentimentales

RAVEL                                  La Valse

 

RUSSIAN MASTERS
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Roderick Cox, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

BOULANGER                       D’un matin de printemps

PROKOFIEV                         Piano Concerto No. 3

SHOSTAKOVICH                Symphony No. 10

 

BEETHOVEN’S “EMPEROR” CONCERTO
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, November 26, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 27, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Jessica Cottis, conductor
John O’Conor, piano

BEETHOVEN                        Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

NA’AMA ZISSER                 Island Mantras

SIBELIUS                              Symphony No. 5

 

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 23, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Lee Mills, conductor
Elizabeth Sutphen, soprano
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Rafael Moras, tenor
Hadleigh Adams, baritone
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien, director

HANDEL                               Messiah

 

BRONFMAN AND PINES OF ROME
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, January 14, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 15, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

GOMES                                  Ave Maria

RACHMANINOFF               Piano Concerto No. 3

VILLA-LOBOS                     Dawn in a Tropical Rain Forest

DEBUSSY, orch. Colin Matthews

Two Preludes

La puerta del vino

Les collines d’Anacapri

RESPIGHI                             Pines of Rome

 

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, January 28, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 29, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

 

BERNSTEIN                          Overture to Candide

CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

BERLIOZ                               Symphonie fantastique

 

THE PASSION OF BRAHMS & SCHUMANN
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, February 11, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

DETLEV GLANERT            Weites Land

C. SCHUMANN                    Piano Concerto

BRAHMS                               Serenade No. 1

 

DAPHNIS ET CHLOÉ
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, February 25, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers
John Silantien,
director

ANNA CLYNE                     Masquerade

KORNGOLD                        Violin Concerto

RAVEL                                  Daphnis et Chloé

 

VIRTUOSO LISZT
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, March 18, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

KODÁLY                               Dances of Gálanta

LISZT                                      Piano Concerto No. 1

J.STRAUSS II                        Overture to Die Fledermaus

R. STRAUSS                        Der Rosenkavalier Suite

 

MOZART & MORE
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, April 22, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday April 23, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
Soloists of the San Antonio Symphony 

LIGETI                                   Concert Romanesc

MOZART                               Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon

PROKOFIEV                         Symphony No. 5

 

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 7
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, May 13, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

 

JORG WIDMANN                Con brio

R. SCHUMANN                    Piano Concerto

BEETHOVEN                        Symphony No. 7

 

ROMANTIC CHOPIN
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, May 20, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Federico Gad Crema, pianist

CHOPIN                                             Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor

SHOSTAKOVICH                            Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

 

TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5
H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center
Friday, June 3, 2022, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 8:00 p.m.

Yue Bao, conductor
Eric Gratz, violin

JOHN CORIGLIANO                       The Mannheim Rocket

STRAVINSKY                                  Violin Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY                              Symphony No. 5

 

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