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Camerata San Antonio Recital Features Co-Founder Emily Watkins-Freudigman

Joseph Murgo

Violist is joined by Carolyn True in romantic favorites

Each season, Camerata San Antonio features one player in concert for the "Camerata Recital." This year will be the first for co-founder  Emily Watkins-Freudigman, who will play music by Benjamin Britten, Darius Milhaud, Robert Schumann, and Sergei Prokofiev.

"These were transcribed by a Russian violist Vadim Borissovsky, a member of the Beethoven Quartet - which premiered many of Shostakovich's Quartets, and was the founder of that big Russian School of viola sound! In addition to all of his talents - playing, teaching - he composed. When he heard Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, he immediately heard the potential for a viola version, which Prokofiev approved!" says Emily.

"There's only so much you can communicate as a teacher, a lot has to be learned in observing performances. I encourage my students to go to symphony concerts, chamber music concerts, and recitals whenever they can!"

Watkins-Freudigman is joined by Trinity Professor Carolyn True for the concert, Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio.

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.