Did you know that the San Antonio Symphony had its first concert in 1939? Do you know that throughout the years, the Symphony has supported educational programs for kids since 1944? "One important reason that the Symphony reaches out to almost 40,000 students annually is because of the statistics collected proving a correlation between music instruction and increased academic ability." Wow. I have blogged here before about how wonderful it is to share the symphony experience with your family, and I can't wait for more family concerts! In the meantime, there is a great lineup of events to keep you listening.
In celebration of the Symphony's 75th anniversary, there is a concert on June 14 at 8pm that would make a perfect date night!! I am actually giving away 2 tickets to this event! **In the comments below, let me know if you have ever heard live violin music in concert before**Winner will be randomly drawn from the comments on June 12th!
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor | Joshua Bell, violin
Weber Overture to Oberon Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde Wagner Prelude from Die Meistersinger Sibelius Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 47 Ravel Bolero
Joshua Bell—world-renowned violinist—joins Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the San Antonio Symphony in a musical jubilee. From Sibelius’s sublimely beautiful violin concerto to the sultry orchestral sounds of Bolero, this evening will long be remembered. In 1939, Max Reiter had a dream of creating a new American orchestra.
Also, after the concert, there is a fab reception at the newly renovated St. Anthony Hotel, which will have just completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Champagne, flaming desserts, 1930s jazz, a full bar and valet parking are included in the $75 price. VIP tickets to the concert also are $75. Both may be purchased at the San Antonio Symphony Box Office, (210) 223-8624 or www.sasymphony.org. For groups of 10 or more, call (210) 554-1066. Special room rates are also available at the St. Anthony Hotel, click HERE for more information.
“Considering the Symphony’s many triumphs and the foundation it provides for cultural arts in San Antonio, this anniversary is really a citywide celebration,” said San Antonio Symphony Board President Dennert Ware. “We hope to see all classical music lovers and patrons of other performing arts take part in the festivities as we celebrate the Symphony’s ongoing success in enriching our whole community through outstanding live performances of music for 75 years.”
The San Antonio Symphony was founded in 1939 by Max Reiter, a Jewish conductor in exile from Italy. By 1945, its popular community support enabled Reiter to establish the San Antonio Symphony Grand Opera Festival, bringing world-class stars and productions to the Municipal Auditorium. This early Symphony venue will be reborn in September as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; the San Antonio Symphony will serve as its resident symphony orchestra.
Through its years of enriching the community through performance seasons, outreach concerts and educational concerts for students, the San Antonio Symphony has garnered awards for its musical excellence and creative programming.