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YOSA And Children's Choir Re-Imagine Brahms

John Clare

YOSA and CCSA collaborate for BrahmsFest

Monday night, February 11, two outstanding youth groups combine on the stage of Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium to celebrate the music of Johannes Brahms. The official Brahms Festival event will feature new orchestrations and old favorites.

Marguerite McCormick and Troy Peters will conduct the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic in "Brahms ReImagined." 

The groups are thrilled to take part in this citywide event, which was curated by the San Antonio Symphony. "It is great for the city to hear all of this music, and it is wonderful for the kids to be included as part of the festival," says Peters, but it can be busy though. "We actually have one member of the first violin section who will stand up and travel back to sing in the chorus, sing, and then walk back up and play violin again - doing double duty."

"It's sorta like Brahms' Fifth Symphony, with a little coat of Mahler or Zemlinksky, because Schoenberg's orchestration is post-Brahms - there is a xylophone - but it puts it in a really interesting sound world." - Troy Peters

The program includes:

  1. Sheng - Black Swan (after Brahms: Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2)
  2. Brahms - Choral Selections with Children's Chorus of San Antonio
  3. Brahms - Hungarian Dances (orchestrated Texas style)
  4. Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 1 (orchestrated by Schoenberg)

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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.