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Lang-Lessing Excited About Symphony's New Season

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing directs the orchestra.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.

"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov  and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"

Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.

"In the middle, as the center piece we have a concerto by Saint-Saens, his most popular Violin Concerto No. 3. And we bring back violinist Karen Gomyo, who played with us last season, who had such an outstanding success, so we thought we’d bring her back immediately," he said.

"Pictures at an Exhibition" holds a special place for the conductor.

"For every pianist it’s a huge challenge," he said. "What’s fantastic about it, and why I like it at the beginning of the season, is that it showcases the virtuosity of an orchestra in a brilliant, brilliant way."

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii