San Antonio’s art community deserves applause
I want to express my appreciation to the Ambassador Theatre Group and John Gore Organization for bringing “Hamilton” to the Majestic Theatre.
I attended opening night. Anyone attending “Hamilton” is sure to feel the excitement in the audience as the curtains are drawn and the opening number begins. The choreography, actors, voices, music, staging, costumes and the energy are all powerful. The best part — the audience applauded throughout the performance. We let everyone involved in the production know their talent was appreciated.
We also have many local theaters that produce wonderful live productions year-round in the Alamo City. Actors, directors, lighting designers, costume and set designers, writers and choreographers often start their careers on local stages. Because of their passion and dedication to the arts, we see, cry, laugh and learn as we enjoy a drama, a musical, a mystery or a comedy unfold in front of our eyes on stages throughout our neighborhoods.
The McNay, the Witte, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Arts Complex, Artpace, Las Casas Foundation, SAY Sí, the Southwest School of Art, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Carver Community Cultural Center, Ruby City, our schools and universities — they all bring world-class exhibitions and thoughtful programming to our community year-round.
Music and dance are alive in our city, too. The San Antonio Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, San Antonio Dance Umbrella, Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and so many other organizations spend endless hours helping young people hone their skills so we can be inspired, stimulated, nurtured and enriched.
I ask everyone to take a moment to say, “Thank you” to an arts teacher, curator, gallery owner, director, writer, dancer, actor, musician, craftsman, collector, donor, sponsor, underwriter, fundraiser, volunteer, subscriber, technician or ticket holder.
Better yet, buy a ticket, fill a seat, attend a concert, visit a museum, enjoy a ballet and support a gallery. Let’s applaud all the talent we have in our community.
Lainey Berkus is an arts patron living in San Antonio.