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Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA

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Musical Offerings has its own take on presenting chamber music, specializing in presenting concerts at several cultural locations in town, rather than one home base, according to Artistic Director and violinist Joan Christenson.

“Many of the different museums in town, some of the churches, Trinity University, UTSA," she said.

They’re playing Monday night and at a place that really lends itself to their music, the San Antonio Museum of Art.

“The concerts take place in the American Art Gallery and we will be surrounded by art that was created in the same period of history as the compositions that we will be performing," Christensen said. "We’re playing at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m., and each concert will last an hour and ten minutes.”

This concertby Musical Offerings is billed as part of the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvořák Festival; two of the Czech master's works will be performed.

“What we’re programming are works that Dvořák wrote while in America, which was from 1892-1895.  [During that time] he composed two of his most famous chamber works: The 'American' String Quartet in F Major and the 'Sonantina in G Major.' We’ll also be featuring work from composers that were contemporaries of his in America," she said.

I noted to her that Musical Offerings didn’t seem to have just one calling, that they seemed to speak more musical languages than just one.

“We have a series called Jazz Meets Classical, which has been going on for 22 years and has been very successful. It’s a collaboration between jazz musicians and classical musicians,” she said.

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