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San Antonio's Other Symphony Plays The Tobin

San Antonio's other Symphony is set to perform at the Tobin Performing Arts Center. That group is called the San Antonio Wind Symphony. Here's the symphony's Mark Twehues.

"It's a group of amateur musicians who combine their talents and services to provide an opportunity for lifelong musical expression and enjoyment.  We've played a number of concerts in local high schools."

Without the same makeup of standard orchestras--no strings--they have a different sound.

"It's a smaller group--about 60 people. Percussion. Brass. Woodwinds.  We generally do six concerts a year."

Their first performance at the Tobin Center happens this Wednesday night.

"We're going to begin with a performance by composer Hector Berlioz--Benvenutto Cellini Overture, his opera. The Franz Liszt Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Melodies. A piece by Eric Whitacre, a piece called Lux Arumque, which was originally a work for chorus. Percy Grainger, which is an original works for band called Children's March. A very famous popular piece by Morton Gould called American Salute. A transcription by a Mexican composer Arturo Marquez called Danzon #2. And then two American composers Mark Camphouse, his Symphonic Prelude and  Alfred Reed, whose piece we're going to close the concert with. It's called Armenian Dances part 1."

It's the Wind Symphony's 13th year of performing.

"Yeah, we're really looking forward to the end of a great season!"

Find more on the San Antonio Wind Symphony here.