San Antonio Symphony announces 2019-’20 season
A Beethoven festival and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto featuring guest artist Yefim Bronfman are among the highlights of the San Antonio Symphony’s 2019-’20 classics season, which was announced Friday evening.
It will be the final season for Sebastian Lang-Lessing as the orchestra’s music director. The symphony announced his transition to music director emeritus earlier this week.
The season will begin Sept. 20 with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection.” Lang-Lessing conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in his 2010 debut with the orchestra, and the symphony’s first concert in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts included “Resurrection.”
The Beethoven festival will include the composer’s Symphony No. 7, all of his piano concertos over two nights and selections from “The Creatures of Prometheus,” an infrequently performed ballet score.
“I am telling a story with the concerts I conduct,” Lang-Lessing said in a statement. “This is a story of great artistic achievements and wonderful inspirational work with ‘my’ orchestra. I wanted to breing repertoire which reflects our work on the last decade.”
Season tickets are on sale now at sasymphony.org.
Here is the full season schedule:
Sept. 20-21: Mahler’s “Resurrection”
Oct. 4-5: “Gershwin!”, featuring Gershwin’s Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.
Nov. 8-9: “Scheherazade,” featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite “Scheherazade.”
Nov. 22-23: Mozart Requiem,” featuring Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor
Jan. 10-11: “Brahm’s First,” featuring Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor and selections by Wagner.
Jan. 24-25: “Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto,” featuring Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, with gues musician Olga Kern.
Feb. 21-22: “Dvorak Cello Concerto,” featuring Dvorak’s Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra
March 13-14: “Mozart and Ravel,” featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis et Chloe.”
March 20: “Seductive Spanish Guitar” with guest artist Pablo Sainz Villegas.
April 3-4: “Beethoven Seven,” featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major.
April 10-11: “Beethoven: The Piano Concertos,” five concertos over two nights (a different program each night), with guest artist Kirill Gerstein.
May 15-16: “Mozart’s ‘Elvira Madigan’,” featuring Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major
May 22-23: “Majestic Bruckner,” featuring Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, “Romantic.”
June 5-6: “Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff,” featuring Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, with guest artist Yefim Bronfman..
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