October, 2011When: Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 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 continues its 2011-2012 season with a choral concert featuring the music of Johannes Brahms. The Symphony will be joined by 186 singers from two choirs—the University of Texas at San Antonio Concert Choir and the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers. Dr. John Silantien directs both ensembles. Also featured will be soprano Claudia Barainsky and baritone Morgan Smith. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing will conduct the performance.
The first half of the program an American premiere called Four Serious Songs. The German composer Detlev Glanert has taken four songs by Brahms and arranged it for orchestra and composed preludes and a postlude of original music. Glanert said, “Nearly all the material in the Preludes comes from Brahms and I tried to use it and transform it like a stylistic muscle, so that the music starts in his world, is sliding slowly into our world, and then falling back again. On the other hand the Preludes are working like a theological comment on the statements in the singer’s text, and this parallel purpose is especially important in the fourth prelude.” This composition features baritone Morgan Smith. It was originally premiered in 2005 in Germany and this is the first performance in the United States.
The second half of the program features Brahms’ great choral masterpiece, A German Requiem. Both soloists, both choirs and the full symphony are featured. Written in 1865 after the death of his mother, this work brought Brahms international fame. Instead of using the traditional Latin Requiem text, Brahms compiled Biblical texts that comfort survivors.
The November 11 & 12 concerts are sponsored by The Symphony League.