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Cactus Pear Music Festival

Jack Morgan

From Jazz to chamber music to a heroic exhibit, the Weekend is here along with a few ideas of how to celebrate.


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A Broadway classic, a photo exhibit and chamber music — there is plenty to do this weekend.

 


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From art, to Frida Kahlo, to the Cactus Pear Music Festival – here are three events to see in the Alamo City this weekend.

Adriana Carner

They call themselves the “Black Tie Cacti”, and they’re the nine winners of the Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Young Artists Program for 2017. The musicians range  from 16 to 18 years old, auditioned for the part back in April of this year and were chosen to perform an hour and a half program for this year’s festival. Not only is this a great opportunity for the people of San Antonio to enjoy young talent, but it is also a stepping stone for these young musicians into a lifetime of music.

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A musical tradition was created 18 years ago here in San Antonio called the Cactus Pear Music Festival and it was created by a former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

“I knew I wanted to start a chamber music festival because there was nothing going on, classical music speaking, during the summer months," said Sant'Ambrogio.

So she devised the idea of the festival, but was short a name for it, a name that ended up being created in the most San Antonio of ways. Sant'Ambrogio picks up the story from there:

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More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

Courtesy Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio

The seventeenth season of the Cactus Pear Music Festival gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Boerne with a children's concert. The theme this year is "Dreams & Prayers." 

"When my trio was putting together the Jalbert [Piano Trio], I kept thinking of the Messiaen [Quartet for the End of Time] - we worked on it two years ago - so it's interesting that somehow I put the two pieces together. They make great bookends to the "Into the Mystic" program!" says Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.