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San Antonio Symphony To Open With A Bang

San Antonio performing arts organizations are beginning their fall seasons. I spoke with the Symphony's Sebastian Lang-Lessing who said the San Antonio Symphony is starting out the season with a bang.

"The season starts with a very big bang with Carmina Burana by Carl Orff," he says.

Carmina Burana is one of those pieces that even people who aren't into classical music hear and go, 'Oh, I know that!' Lang-Lessing enthusiastically agreed.

"Of course, yea! Because the opening chorus has been used for a gazillion commercials because it's so powerful," Lang-Lessing says.

The San Antonio Mastersingers are doing the primary choral work.  

"Masterfully! Yes, yes they are. Of course they have done it before, but it's going to be a huge chorus and our Mastersingers are going to shine in all of their glory," he says.

Also performing with the Symphony is the Children's Chorus of San Antonio. 

"The Chorus--of course, of course. Very important introducing a 3rd chapter in Carmina, introducing the soprano."

Guest Soprano Sarah Shafer will sing, along with Tenor Anthony Webb and Baritone Steven LaBrie. Lang-Lessing says the show will be a standout.

"One of the most beloved orchestral-choral pieces I think in the whole repertoire.  We start with O Fortuna--let it bring us luck for the rest of the season."

That season starts Friday night at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, with additional performances on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 

Find out more on Carmina Burana here.