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Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Debuts Friday to Sold Out Crowd

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After a journey of five years, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio makes their first concert appearance at Pearl Stables.

Conductor Carlos Izcaray will lead works by Mozart, Wagner, Monteverdi, Varese, J.C. Bach and Ives. The program is called "The Perennial Contest."

"The perennial contest deals with the seemingly endless debate regarding the aesthetics of tonality and its relevance in today's classical music world, that contest which is majestically inscribed without words in Ives masterpiece The Unanswered Question. This opener also leads to our 'time travel' program that expands through almost 5 centuries, which also gives a sense of perennial or everlasting. But as the question also relates to 'what comes to mind,' then from a personal perspective I also add the fact that the separate words, perennial and contest, represent whole worlds in themselves," said Izcaray about the program.

Ron Moore also spoke to Kathleen Higgins, a professor at UT-Austin, about the philosophy of The Perennial Contest program.

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Ron Moore also spoke to Kathleen Higgins, a professor at UT-Austin, about the philosophy of The Perennial Contest program.