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Music, Music And More Music: Your Weekend Is Here!

Music lovers will find plenty to hear around San Antonio this weekend.  Both tonight and tomorrow at the Tobin Center the San Antonio Symphony performs along with artist-in-residence Olga Kern.

"She's an amazing Artist. Van Cliburn Gold Medalist"

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing sings her praises, and those of the pieces they will be playing.

"This is really a program that is also about the human soul and the mind."

From Rachmaninoff to Debussy and this:

"The other piece on the program is probably one of the craziest, most revolutionary pieces ever written. Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique."

Lang-Lessing says these performances will be intense.

"You come to a concert, you experience all those emotions that those composers went through."

On Saturday and Sunday, Music Director Rick Bjella says the San Antonio Chamber Choir will be singing about dreams.

"When we are dreaming we are thinking on many, many different planes."

They will sing several different selections including one likely written when Bach returned home to find his wife had passed on.

"You are my north, my south, my east, my west.  And I think it'll be very poignant for the audience."

He says you'll be run through a complicated series of emotions.

"Sometimes it's despair, sometimes it's joy, sometimes it's love and passion, and fanciful dreams."

You can hear all of that in any of the three chamber choir performances this weekend. Then on Saturday afternoon it's Eva Ybarra at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Here's the ITC's Greg Garrett.  

"She just was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts in DC this past weekend, and she received a fellowship from them.  Her first performance back in San Antonio is going to be with us."  

And that's not all.

"We are also going to be premiering a short documentary, about 30 minutes long, about Eva's career and life. After that Eva and her band will be setting up and playing a short 30-minute set."

To top it all off, the whole thing is free.  

Find more on the San Antonio Symphony performances here

Find more on the San Antonio Chamber Choir here

Find more in the Institute of Texan Cultures here