San Antonio Symphony Begins 72nd season in October
When: Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 8 p.m. and Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 8 p.m.
Where: Majestic Theatre
Tickets: Individual concert tickets range from $8 to $64.75 and are available to purchase at the Symphony Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting www.sasymphony.org. Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 for concert tickets.
The San Antonio Symphony begins the 2011-2012 Classics subscription series with two concerts that feature great piano concertos. The Ovation Series begins on October 14 & 15 with the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, played by Alexander Gavrylyuk. This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Liszt and the Symphony is beginning and ending the season with his two piano concertos. The Applause series begins on October 28 & 29 with perhaps the most popular piano concerto—Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, played by Bernd Glemser.
Alexander Gavrylyuk was proclaimed as “the best sixteen year old pianist of the late twentieth century” by critics in Japan in November 2000, after winning the First Prize of the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In April 2005, Alexander Gavrylyuk won the First Prize, the Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.
Bernd Glemser has thirty-two highly-acclaimed CDs, countless television recordings, and does 15–20 worldwide radio broadcasts a year. He has particular affinity for the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. This made Glemser an obvious choice for Wolfgang Sawallisch to invite to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra when they celebrated the composer’s 100th birthday.
In addition to the Liszt concerto, the October 14 & 15 concerts feature Rimsky-Korskov’s Scheherazade, Barber’s Overture to The School for Scandal and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The October 28 & 29 concerts include Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Liszt’s Totentanz (also featuring pianist Bernd Glemser) and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts both programs
The October 14 & 15 concerts are sponsored by The Nordan Trust
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About the San Antonio Symphony: The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit www.sasymphony.org. To purchase tickets, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.