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Looking Over Camerata San Antonio's Eclectic New Season

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Camerata San Antonio begins its fall season this weekend, and  I spoke to Camerata Music Director Ken Freudigman recently about that season. We ended last time with November 20th’s 'Clarinet and Strings' program.

“The next program is the Camerata Recital; that’s in December," he said. "This is where it features one member of the group and this year it’s Martha Long. She’s our principal flute of the symphony, and we’re just delighted to work with her.”

In January Camerata joins in with the San Antonio Symphony’s yearly Festival, which focuses on a specific composer.  

“The composer happens to be Richard Strauss," said Freudigman. "This year along with Strauss there will also be some other composers who will be featured. There will be music of Mozart and there will be music of Korngold. It’s very romantic, and it will be a fantastic work," he added. "The fifth program is called 'Salon Camerata' and you have to imagine that you are transported to a salon at the beginning of the twentieth century in Paris. Beautiful, beautiful melodies.”

And Freudigman says the last program is a real standout.

“This concert is all designed around an instrument called the bandoneon. The bandoneon is well-known in Tango circles, but it actually came to Argentina as a portable church organ," he explained. "So I love the fact that this instrument that was supposed to be in church ended up in a Tango band.”

The program  is called 'Piazzolla—The Road to Tango' and Freudigman is really looking forward to it.

"I have a fabulous bandoneon player named Evan Orban coming from Colorado to play with us. So it’s a fascinating program.”

And that’s the season. About Camerata, Freudigman says this.

“It’s a labor of love. Chamber music is, for me, is where I find the most joy.”

We’ve  more on Camerata here:  http://www.cameratasa.org/index.html

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