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Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

With nine services with Ballet San Antonio, we were very happy that Akiko made time to talk about ballet, baroque and repeating repertory (she also spoke with Gerald Self for Musica Antiqua!).

Christmas Baroque:

November 25 at 7 p.m. at the San Fernando Cathedral

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor Bonnie Terry, violin

Torelli: Concerto Grosso, op. 8, no. 6, G minor (Christmas Concerto)

Charpentier: Noëls pour les instruments

J. S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1, in A minor

Corelli: Concerto Grosso op. 6, no. 8, G minor (Christmas Concerto)

J. S. Bach: Overture No. 1 in C Major


Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theatre

November 23 at 7 p.m.

November 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

November 25 at 7 p.m.

November 30 at 7 p.m.

December 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

December 2 at 7 p.m. 

John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.