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San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC Airwaves

San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing directs the orchestra.
San Antonio Symphony

On Saturday, August 5, the San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves for a ten-week series of concerts featuring some of the orchestra’s best performances from the 2016-17 season. The programs, hosted by San Antonio’s Ricardo Chavira, air at 7 p.m. Saturdays as part of TPR’s ongoing “Performance Saturday” program featuring locally recorded classical music concerts.

The series opens on a dramatic note with Carl Orff's massive cantata, "Carmina Burana," a piece so well-known it has its own Wikipedia page listing its appearances in other media. The performance features the San Antonio Symphony as well as the Mastersingers and Children's Chorus of San Antonio.

The broadcast season also features three concerts from the San Antonio Symphony’s Mozart Festival, highlighting music of one of the most beloved composers of all time, including choral music, piano concerti, and of course his bright, glorious symphonies.

Host Ricardo Chavira.

In addition to host Ricardo Chavira’s commentary on the concerts, select shows also feature insight from the music makers, such as symphony conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing, and guest soloists..

Below, see a preview of the San Antonio Symphony rehearsing the famous "O Fortuna" section of "Carmina Burana" last fall before their season-opening performance.

To learn more about the San Antonio Symphony’s upcoming season at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, visit sasymphony.org.

Upcoming broadcasts:

August 5: Carmina Burana, featuring the Mastersingers
August 12: Brahms Piano Concerto #2, featuring Garrick Ohlsson / "Italian" Symphony - Mendelssohn
August 19: Camille Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony / The Tyrant's Crush, featuring Stewart Copeland
August 26: Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" / Faure's "Requiem" featuring the Mastersingers
September 2: Mozart Fest / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
September 9: Mozart Piano Concertos #19 and 23, featuring Jeremy Denk
September 16: Mozart Fest: "Jupiter" Symphony, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
September 23: Stravinsky, "The Firebird" / Bartok, Violin Concerto #1 featuring Eric Gratz
September 30: Gershwin's "An American In Paris" / Berlioz "La Mort de Cleopatre" featuring Susan Graham
October 7: A gala concert featuring violinist Gil Shaham!

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.