San Antonio Symphony FIESTA POPS kicks of Fiesta’s first weekend
When: Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 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 the Laurie Auditorium Box Office, any Ticketmaster location, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 for concert tickets.
Joining the Symphony for the annual Fiesta POPS concert will be Tejano singer Patsy Torres, guest conductor and arranger Troy Peters, Mariachi Campañas de America and the Guadalupe Dance Company. The program will include musical and dance selections from Moncayo’s Huapango, Lionel Richie’s All Night Long, Manuel de Falla’s “The Miller’s Dance” (Farruca) fromThe Three-Cornered Hat, Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Qué bonita es mi tierra and Jarabe tapatío. New this season, the San Antonio Symphony has unveiled the 2012 Symphony Fiesta Medal featuring the image of Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. The medals will be available to purchase at all Symphony performances.
Patsy Torres is one of the most important and influential Tejano entertainers of our time. Billboard Magazine proclaimed Patsy Torres as one of the “Top Female Tejano Stars” while Vista Magazine selected her to represent “What’s Hot in Texas”. Latin Style Magazine describes Patsy as “El Sonida del Futuro”, the sound of the future.
The national recognition she received caught the attention of overseas promoters, which led to tours in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Mexico. Six Flags Fiesta Texas contracted Patsy as their featured Hispanic star due to her popularity and unique talent of bridging the gap between cultures. Patsy entertained multitudes from around the world there for 10 years.
On the musical front, Patsy continues to be a leading artist in her professional career of recording and touring. She wrote a hit song "Te Juro" (I swear) which became BMI's Most Played Latin Song of the Year. The Texas Music Association awarded Patsy the Single of the Year and the Album of the Year. Her music video "Chiquitita" won her TTMA's Best Female Performance in a Video. Patsy was honored and inducted in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in Alice Texas on January 30, 2010.
Campañas de America (Bells of America) is an innovative twelve-piece musical ensemble mariachi band that was founded in 1978 in San Antonio, Texas, by Juan and Isabel Ortiz. Expanding in style from traditional mariachi sounds, the band also uses more diverse instruments to include the accordion, keyboards and a full drum kit. Campañas de America are the only mariachi band to display an instrument at the famed Hard Rock Cafe. They have played at the Presidential Hispanic Inaugural Gala in honor of the re-election of President Bill Clinton, the John F. KennedyCenterfor Performing Arts in WashingtonD.C., and at the White House for President and Mrs. Laura Bush. They have also played at the Hollywood Bowl and NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
Founded in 1991, the Guadalupe Dance Company is one of the leading professional Folklórico and Flamenco dance groups in the nation. The unparalleled skill, choreography and costuming of its corps of dancers, under the direction of Belinda Menchaca, make for exceptional artistry that is both culturally enlightening and technically stunning in its execution. With the guidance of instructors from Mexico, the Company performs traditional Mexican Folklórico and Aztec dances, Flamenco and Spanish classical dance, contemporary theatrical pieces, and dances of the Texas-Mexico border from indigenous times to the 20th century.
Troy Peters has been a popular and acclaimed guest conductor with orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Vermont Mozart Festival. He became Music Director of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) in August 2009, after 14 years in Vermont, where he was Music Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Middlebury College Orchestra, and Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. His work has been the subject of national media attention from CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, and The New Yorker. He has gained international attention for his orchestral collaborations with rock musicians, including Jon Anderson (of the band Yes) and Trey Anastasio (of the bandPhish), with whom he worked on two albums on Elektra Records.
Peters is also active as a composer, where his work ranges from orchestral and chamber music to a large body of songs and an opera for hand puppets. Among his honors are the Charles Ives Scholarship from the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters and grants from Meet the Composer and the Rockefeller Foundation. A versatile instrumentalist, Peters not only plays the viola, but has also performed on tenor banjo and electric guitar with symphony orchestras.
This concert is sponsored by the Macy’s Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The appearance of the Guadalupe Dance Co. is supported in part by an award from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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.