When: November 23 to December 23, 2012
Where: Majestic Theatre, Laurie Auditorium and four area churches
Tickets: Individual concert tickets range from $8 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 will celebrate the beloved music of the holiday season with 15 different performances in late November and December. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the Symphony continues its annual collaboration with Ballet San Antonio to stage eight performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The performances are all at the Majestic Theatre on Nov. 23, 24, 25, 30 and Dec 1 & 2, 2012. Akiko Fujimoto will conduct and the choreography is by Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel A. Zertuche.
Also Thanksgiving weekend, the Symphony begins its new Baroque series with Christmas Baroque on Sunday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at San Fernando Cathedral. Akiko Fujimoto will conduct and violinist Bonnie Terry is the soloist. General Admission tickets are $25 for this baroque concert at San Fernando Cathedral. The concert lasts 75 minutes without an intermission.
Torelli Concerto Grosso, op. 8, no. 6, G minor (Christmas Concerto)
Charpentier Noëls pour les instruments, H. 534
J. S. Bach. Violin Concerto No. 1, BWV 1041, A minor
Corelli Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 8, G minor (Christmas Concerto)
J. S. Bach Overture No. 1 in C Major, BMV1066
The first weekend in December will feature the Symphony’s annual performances of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah at three area churches. The Symphony and San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, John Silantien, director will be led by guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley. The vocal soloist are Kathryn Mueller, soprano; Cindy Sadler, alto; Eric Schmidt, tenor and John Buffett, baritone. For all three performances tickets are $25 with general admission seating. The concerts last about 75 minutes without an intermission.
One of the Symphony’s most popular concerts of the year is the Holiday Pops, which will take place in the Majestic Theatre on December 21 & 22, beginning at 8 p.m. The program will feature Akiko Fujimoto, conductor; The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Marguerite McCormick, director, Crystal Smith, soprano and Eric Schmidt, tenor. The program includes Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival, Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland, Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, three songs from the movie Home Alone and other holiday favorites.
The Symphony and The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio will also collaborate on Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Laurie Auditorium in a one-hour long Family Concert called Holiday Magic. Pre-concert kids activities including the Instrument Petting Zoo, begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature vocalist Crystal Smith.
SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES:
November 23, 7 p.m. │ November 24, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. │ November 25, 2 p.m.
November 30, 7 p.m. │ December 1, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. │ December 2, 2 p.m.
Tickets from $18, children under 12 half-price.
November 25, 7p.m. at San Fernando Cathedral
Tickets only $25
December 1 at 7:30 p.m., University United MethodistChurch
December 2 at 2 p.m., Coker United MethodistChurch
December 2 at 7:30 p.m., TrinityBaptistChurch
Tickets only $25
December 21 & 22, 8 p.m. Majestic Theatre
Tickets from $8 - $92
Family Holiday Magic
December 23, 2:30 p.m., Laurie Auditorium
Adult tickets are $16 and children under 18 are $8
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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.