When: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 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 and the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers team up with four vocal soloists and guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley in a program called Bach, Handel & Vivaldi. The concerts take place at the Majestic Theatre on April 13 and 14 and include music from the Baroque era. All four soloists and Conductor Quigley are experts in the music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Quigley has conducted the Symphony’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah for the past two seasons and has received rave reviews from musicians and audiences for his stylish interpretations of Baroque music.
The concert begins with Leopold Stokowski’s romantic arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which was featured in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Fantasia. The rest of the program will feature music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and Charpentier performed in a more historically informed style.
Patrick Dupré Quigley is celebrating the 10th anniversary ofSeraphic Fire, Miami’s highly acclaimed and wildly successful professional chamber choir he founded. Quigley has also conducted vocal and orchestral ensembles throughout North America, Europe, China, and Israel. 2008-2009 witnessed the inaugural season of the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, established by Mr. Quigley with a $250,000 grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the purpose of establishing a professional chamber orchestra in Miami. Patrick Dupré Quigley is the recipient of the 2004 Robert Shaw Fellowship, given annually by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America to one conductor between the ages of 25 and 40 who demonstrates the potential for a significant professional career. At 26, Mr. Quigley was the youngest person to ever receive this award. With Seraphic Fire, Patrick Dupré Quigley has released eight CDs: Beginnings (2006), a compilation of a cappella works from its fourth season; a live-in-concert recording of Handel’s Messiah (2006); Bach’s Six Motets (2007), performed with one voice on a part; Amazing Grace: A Gospel and Bluegrass Journey (2008); Shalom/Pax(2008); Ikon: Music of Russian and Byzantium (2009); Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beate Vergine, 1610 (2010), produced for the 400th anniversary of the work’s publication. Their most recent release is Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (2011).
The San Antonio Mastersingers is a highly acclaimed, 120-voice chorus of volunteers from throughout the San Antonio area. Max Reiter, founding Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony, established the chorus in 1944 to support opera productions presented by the Symphony. Today’s Mastersingers are featured in every area of the Symphony’s performance schedule. The chorus also presents independent performances. In 1994, the Mastersingers traveled to Carnegie Hall to present the New Yorkpremiere of Robert Levin’s edition of the Mozart Requiem. This second appearance of the chorus at Carnegie Hall received the same critical acclaim as their performances throughout Texas, inMonterrey, Mexico, in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, and in the Royal Festival Hall, London. In May 2008, the chorus performed Mozart’s Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall, John Silantien conducting. Dr. John Silantien Dr. Silantien holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois. His awards include a Rockefeller grant for choral conducting at Aspen,Colorado, and a Fulbright award for research in London, England. He presently serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Director of the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, and Director of Choral Music at University Presbyterian Church.
The full program is:
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Zachary Wilder, Tenor
Charles Evans, bass-baritone
San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director
J. S. Bach. arr. Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Vivaldi In furore iustissimae irae, RV 626
J. S. Bach Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Handel Zadok the Priest
Handel Chandos Anthem No. 4: O Sing Unto the Lord, H249b
Charpentier Te Deum
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