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Symphony Broadcasts Offer Second Chance To Hear Orchestra

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San Antonio Symphony
Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the San Antonio Symphony’s concert season this year, but audiences who may have missed the orchestra in concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will have a second opportunity to hear the ensemble through a six-week series of radio broadcasts on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM., Saturday nights at 7 p.m. beginning July 18.

San Antonio’s own Ricardo Chavira, soon to be seen on Netflix as Abraham Quintanilla in “Selena: The Series” returns to host the broadcasts. The actor calls his gig as host, “my favorite summertime job ever!”

The 2019/2020 season was to be conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing's final season as Music Director of the orchestra. Consequently, many of this season's concerts are helmed by guest conductors.

As an added bonus, the symphonic concert series will be followed on Tuesday, August 25 at 7 p.m. with a special Tuesday Night at the Opera presentation hosted by Nathan Cone, featuring Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” performed by Opera San Antonio with the San Antonio Symphony, and featuring Jennifer Rowley in the title role.

Schedule:

  • July 18: Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony (featuring the San Antonio Mastersingers) - Richard Strauss's "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks"
  • July 25: Pianist Aaron Diehl performs Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” - Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony
  • August 1: Ravel’s “Mother Goose” Suite - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”
  • August 8: Mozart’s “Requiem” (featuring the San Antonio Mastersingers)
  • August 15: Brahms "Symphony No. 1" - Wagner, operatic selections (featuring the San Antonio Mastersingers)
  • August 22: Olga Kern plays Tchaikovsky, plus music by Dmitri Shostakovich

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.