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Mission Concepción

Courtesy Photo / Austin Baroque Orchestra

The Austin Baroque Orchestra's performance Sunday at Mission Concepcion is rooted in the history of two major figures of the era: Prussia's Frederick The Great and Enlightenment writer and philosopher Voltaire, said the orchestra's Billy Traylor.

 


Courtesy World Heritage Festival

The World Heritage Festival takes place this week from Wednesday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 10. 

Colleen Swain, director of the City of San Antonio's World Heritage Office, says the festival connects the five Missions and celebrates their World Heritage designation, which recognizes the importance of the landmarks on a world stage.

"We are the one and only World Heritage site in the state of Texas. There's only 23 in the United States," she says.

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is in the running for a grant from Partners in Preservation. The contest has a gift of $2 million in grants that could be split among any number of 20 other parks. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the parks that win are up to the voting public.

Eileen Pace / TPR News

Over the weekend the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization voted to officially recognize the Spanish Missions of San Antonio, including the Alamo, as a World Heritage Site. It is the first Texas site found to be of"outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity" by the international body.

Susan Snow

 

Not many people know the depth of the historic treasure that stretches southward from downtown along the San Antonio River, but if the San Antonio Missions World Heritage nomination is successful, millions of people will know at this time next year.

Local officials have completed their part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage nomination – and now, we wait.

An international evaluator secretly made a trip into San Antonio last week for the inspection of the five missions and Rancho de las Cabras.

Stacy Levy

The Mission Reach continues with its massive, multi-year transformation. I was there Friday morning to get an update after heavy overnight rains had swollen the river. The artist who is creating the artfully imagined portal at Mission Concepción is Stacy Levy.

“This park lies right between the San Antonio River and Mission Concepción," she said. "So my job is to create a place that is talking about both the river and the mission.”

The installation is massive: nearly 200 ft. long and 90 ft. wide.

Jennifer Seighman

The San Antonio Choral Society is performing Thursday night at a special place. And it’s only the first in a run of special places coming up soon. That place is Mission Concepción.

“A lot of our music is a capella, so just being able to sing in a space that was basically built for music, and it's very similar to the churches and cathedrals we’ll be in in Europe,” said San Antonio Choral Society's Jennifer Seighman.

The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. and is free. After the Mission Concepción performance they are off to Europe.