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Camerata San Antonio Brings Its Performances To Life Online

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Camerata San Antonio
Camerata San Antonio

Local chamber group Camerata San Antonio is launching their 2020-2021 season — online, of course. The group's Art Director Ken Freudigman said COVID-19 restrictions have required certain tweaks to their performance plans.

"It is a thing, and the way that we are handling this is that we are going online," he said.

Until it's safe to bring music lovers together, all of Camerata performances will be virtual. Like many chamber groups, they sell season ticket subscriptions. Freudigman said their subscribers now have a particularly easy way to view concerts.

"If you have a subscription all you have to do is click on a link and you can watch it at your home while the concert is happening, or you can watch it later,” Freudigman said. “It's going to be ‘up’ for a month, so it's a really easy way to still hear us."

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He also said the 2020-2021 season is significant beyond COVID-19 restrictions. It also has a recurring theme.

"This season is about amplifying Black voices. We have the opportunity to amplify magnificent composers always, and we're focusing on Black composers this year as well,” he said.

Their first concert is this Sunday.

"It's a program that will include Caroline Shaw's ‘Blueprint,’ which is very witty, paired with George Walker's beautiful, haunting ‘Lyric.’ And it's still a Beethoven celebration year — the 250th — and that will be the main event. Beethoven ‘Opus 18, String Quartet #1.’"

And if you’re a student, your ticket is already bought.  

"We were very fortunate to receive a generous gift from the Paulena F. Mitchell Trust in February, and this gift makes it possible to offer free admission to all students," he said.

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

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