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Camerata San Antonio Plays Las Américas

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Matthew Diekman
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Camerata San Antonio
Camerata San Antonio

Chamber Orchestra Camerata San Antonio is following the pattern set out by the San Antonio Symphony every winter. That pattern was created by the Symphony's Sebastian Lang-Lessing, by choosing one composer every season. Here's Camerata's Ken Freudigman.

"We've done Brahms, we've done Tchaikovsky, we've done Strauss. And this year we are zeroing in on the Americas. All the way from South America all the way up to Canada."

But what they're doing this season is playing music created by American composers, or composers writing while IN America. He detailed the upcoming program.

"We're doing four works on the program. We're doing music of Golijov, and Charles Ives. Also Dvorak. Who thinks of Dvorak as an American composer but actually..."

TPR's Jack Morgan interjects, "He was here for a little while wasn't he?"

"He was, actually. There's a Czech community in Spillville, Iowa, that he spent time in. And that's where he wrote the American String Quartet," he says. "And, also the music of Villa-Lobos, which is a fantastic South American composer."

I asked what his  favorite part of the program was, and he chuckled.

"I particularly love the Dvorak. There's a second movement that every cellist wants to play."  

Freudigman is the group's cellist. Camerata is packing the weekend with performances in Boerne, Kerrville and San Antonio.

"We'll be performing on Friday night in Boerne  at First United Methodist. On Saturday afternoon at First Presbyterian in Kerrville. And in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon at the University of the Incarnate Word Concert Hall."

We've more on Camerata San Antonio here