SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY OFFERS THE FINAL TWO CLASSICS CONCERTS OF THE 11-12 SEASON
When: Alondra Conducts Copland on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, 2012 @ 8 p.m.
Bruckner Blockbuster on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 2102 @ 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 concludes the 2011–2012 Classics season with two programs that feature blockbuster symphonies. The May 25 & 26 program includes guest conductor Alondra de la Parra leading the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. The thrilling finale of this symphony is based on Copland’s Fanfare for a CommonMan.The June 1 & 2 program features Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. Legendary conductor Wilhelm Furwangler declared, “Bruckner is the heir of all the means of expression of Romanticism at its height. In his music, which covers the whole range of human feelings, there is not one single note that does not proclaim an immediate bond with Eternity.”
Guest conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, and is an official Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism. The San Antonio Express-News wrote after her last performance in San Antonio, “Her electric, precise and energetic fluidity generated arches of breathtaking, glowing expression. The driving Beethoven rhythms pulled the audience to its feet at the end. If people still wore hats, they would have been tossed toward the theater's night-sky ceiling.”
Born in New York City in 1980, De la Parra moved to Mexico with her parents at age two. She began playing the piano at age seven and the cello at 13, and it was that year that she decided she wanted to be a conductor. At 15, she went to boarding school in England to study music and achieved her A-levels there. After returning to Mexico, she studied composition at Centro De Investigación y Estudios Musicales (Center of Music Studies, CIEM) in Mexico City before moving to New York City at age 19, and attending the Manhattan School of Music
Also featured on May 25 & 26 is violin soloist Mikhail Simonyan. Still in his twenties, is already recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. The New York Times has praised his, “breadth, lyricism and fleet technique,” and reported that “Mr. Simonyan play[s] as if every note counted.” Mr. Simonyan, who hails fromNovosibirsk, began to study the violin at the age of five. As part of the first generation of artists to forge careers in an era with substantially decreased government support, he has blazed a trail for young musicians in Russia. In 1999, at 13, Mr. Simonyan made his acclaimed New York debut at LincolnCenter with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (ARYO) and his debut in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in ARYO’s joint concert with the Mariinsky Youth Orchestra, performing Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. He is a winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Award, and received the 2000 Virtuoso of the Year award in Saint Petersburg. In 2008, he won the Young Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation.
Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing has invited pianist Olga Scheps to be the soloist in the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 on the first half of the June 1 & 2 program. Olga Scheps’s debut CD Chopin was released in January 2010; she received the ECHO Klassik award as “Newcomer of the Year” in October 2010. An exclusive artist of SONY Classical/RCA, she released her second album with works by Russian composers in the autumn of 2010. Olga Scheps was born in Moscow in 1986 and came to Germany at the age of six. She currently lives in Cologne.
The San Antonio Symphony opened this season with the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 and is ending the season with the second concerto. This is in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Liszt. The Hungarian composer is considered one of the greatest pianists of all time and his concertos are virtuosic showpieces.
The full June May 25 & 26 program is:
Alondra conducts Copland
8 p.m., Majestic Theatre
Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Mikhail Simonyan, violin
Castro Intermezzo from Atzimba
Khachaturian Concerto for Violin
Copland Symphony No. 3
The full June 1 & 2 program is:
8 p.m., Majestic Theatre
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Olga Scheps, piano
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S.125
Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in E major
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