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San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts

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

The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.

"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something  that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."

Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."

"Probably Rachmaninoff’s most brilliantly orchestrated symphonic work," he said. "It has the lush Rachmaninoff sound that we know so well from the piano concertos and also from the symphonies."

For this weekend’s performance the symphony is joined by the San Antonio Mastersingers and pianist Jonathan Biss.

"We are so lucky to have Jonathan Biss, one of the best young pianists of his generation," Lang-Lessing said.

The maestro is known for his energetic, physical style of conducting, but it's clearly not an act.

“I’m known for that and I have no idea what it looks like," he said. "It’s just the sheer joy, or your endorphins go crazy because of the music."

The next symphony performance is Friday night at the Majestic.

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