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Karen Kamensek Leads Unique Concert With San Antonio Symphony

John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Program has rarities from Chabrier and Ives

While this weekend's program is setup traditionally as an overture, concerto and symphony, the music is more than just everyday. "If anything is typical, it's the concerto that we're playing, the LaloSymphonieEspagnole, which itself isn't typical, but it's the one where people might know the melodies," says Karen Kamensek.

The return of this former Houston Opera conductor to Texas also welcomes an American gem, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.

"This is his 'soft piece.'  Probably his most accessible piece, [Ives' Symphony No. 2] it's an early piece of his, before he got really, really experimental!"

Kamensek is also first to point out the concert has two Karens, Karen Gomyo is playing the solo in the Lalo concerto. "We are now Facebook friends, and I contacted her when I found out she was on the program!"

Concerts are Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theater.