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Fujimoto: Symphony's Classics To Be A Wild Ride

Eric Green
Akiko Fujimoto

The San Antonio Symphony's Classic Series continues this weekend.  Akiko Fujimoto associate conducts the symphony, and is looking forward to this weekend's performance.

"I will be conducting the upcoming Classics program. It's an all-French program with music from Delius, Bizet, Saint-Saens and Franck."

It's her first time conducting a classics program, and varies from many of her other duties in this way. There are no dancers like in Pops or Ballet, no movie behind the symphony, like when they provide music for Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones

"The music is the main and the only focus on the program.  It's an honor to conduct on this series."

The Symphony's being joined by a very popular returning Croatian musician.

"We have a wonderful pianist, Martina Filjak. She played Nights in the Garden of Spain last time she was with us, and she has also been here for a solo recital."

But the piece Fujimoto's looking forward to the most is the last one. 

"We're going to end the performance with a smashing tone poem by Franck. It's called The Accursed Huntsman."

The story is a count decides to go on a hunt on Sunday--the Sabbath day. That's a decision he will pay for. 

"Along the way he is punished by a curse."

Fujimoto says the Hunter's transition is stunning to watch as manifested in music.

"From complete bravado to basically, being in hell. So this is a very exciting hunt and journey and it really showcases the orchestra in so many different ways, so I think you'll really enjoy it."

That's Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Tobin Center.

Find more on this performance here

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