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Sebastian Lang-Lessing leads Symphony in Bolero
San Antonio Symphony

October, 2012

When:             November 9 & 10, 2012 | 8 p.m.

Where:           Majestic Theatre

Tickets:           Individual concert tickets range from $12 to $92 and are available to purchase at the Symphony and Majestic Theatre Box Offices 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.

 

The San Antonio Symphony’s third Classics Series performance of its 73rd season will take place on November 9 & 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing will lead the orchestra in works by French and Spanish composers that invoke the sounds and spirit of Spain.

 

Ravel described his dramatic concept for Bolero as, “. . . consisting wholly of orchestral tissue without music — of one very long, very gradual crescendo. The themes are impersonal — folk tunes of the usual Spanish-Arabian kind.” It became his most celebrated and often performed work. The program begins with Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, which was his first major work for orchestra. The form of the work is based on Baroque suites. Ravel had not yet visited Spain when he wrote Rapsodie espagnole, but he captured its moods and colors brilliantly.

 

The second work on the first half of the program is the piano concerto by Manuel da Falla called Nights in the Gardens of Spain. The soloist is Croatian native Martina Filjak. She studied at the ZagrebMusicAcademy and subsequently from the Vienna Conservatory and the soloist’s class at Hannover’s Hochschule für Musik. In 2009, Martina Filjak won first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, following which she made concerto debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Vienna’s Musikverein and her recital debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall (“Brilliant, sensitive and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality. …A striking individuality …A pianist to watch” The New York Times). Prior to winning the Cleveland competition, she had been first prizewinner of the 2007 Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy and the 2008 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. 

 

The women of the San Antonio Mastersingers will be featured on Debussy’s Nocturnes. This impressionist work features a dream-like atmosphere, loose flowing rhythms, diffuse textures, and mysterious tone colors. The three movements each examine three distinct facets of the night

 

The full program on November 9 & 10, 2012 will be:

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor and Martina Filjak, piano

San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers Women, John Silantien, director

Ravel                           Rapsodie espagnole   

Falla                            Nights in the Gardens of Spain          

Debussy                      Nocturnes       

Ravel                           Bolero            

 

This concert sponsored by the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation.

 

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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.



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