The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. with a concert featuring Andre Watts performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. When Watts appeared with the symphony last fall, it was his first visit to San Antonio since 2005.
The opening show also includes Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and a mesmerizing new piece by the contemporary British composer Anna Clyne, called “Masquerade.”
Since 2011, San Antonio-born actor Ricardo Chavira has been the voice of the San Antonio Symphony on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM. He’s been seen recently on television on “Scandal,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “Santa Clarita Diet.”
The San Antonio Symphony series runs for ten weeks, and will include the orchestra’s innovative “Symphony of Flavors” series, featuring music from France, Spain, and Italy. Those concerts at the Tobin Center featured chefs preparing culinary delights from the highlighted countries, live on stage. Listeners at home are invited to play along at home in their own kitchen!
Listen to the San Antonio Symphony on KPAC, Saturday nights at 7:00.
The full 2019 broadcast schedule:
- August 3: Andre Watts plays Grieg, plus Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony
- August 10: "Nature Speaks in Music," with Beethoven's 6th Symphony, Weber's overture to "Der Freischutz"
- August 17: Akiko Fujimoto conducts Bernstein's "Serenade" with violinist Eric Gratz, plus Takemitsu, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8
- August 24: Anne-Marie McDermott plays Mozart's Piano Concerto #24, plus music by Tan Dun, and Brahms' Symphony No. 4
- August 31: Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9
- September 7: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Viktor Valkov, and Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony
- September 14: Tuscan Tour of Taste, an Italian program of songs, arias and overtures, featuring tenor David Portillo
- September 21: Flavors of France, featuring Milhaud, Berlioz, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, and Debussy's "La Mer."
- September 28: Savor Spain, with mezzo-soprano Veronica Williams singing "El Amor Brujo" by Manuel de Falla, plus music by Leonard Bernstein, Rimsky-Korsakov, and a suite of music from Bizet's "Carmen"
- October 5: Visual Tapestry, featuring Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" with the San Antonio Mastersingers