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San Antonio Chamber Choir

Natalia Sun

Explore the lives of immigrant Cuban cigar rollers. Enjoy the music from some of the best movies ever made. And use a concert at the Women's Club to introduce a friend to classical music. The weekend is here, and the fun awaits. 


Institute of Texan Cultures

From chamber choir spirituals to an eclectic cave concert to the old west’s Buffalo Soldiers, there's a lot going on this weekend in the Alamo City. First off, head to the San Fernando Cathedral on Saturday night.“It's a concert that features a lot of spirituals, a lot of gospel,” San Antonio Chamber Choir’s Rick Bjella said.


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The San Antonio Chamber Choir's Christmas concert is taking a decidedly different tack this season. The choir’s artistic director Rick Bjella said this year the holiday music will have a very "jazzy" twist.

 


Robert Strovers

The San Antonio Chamber Choir is positioning its next gig as a 3-D performance.

“Yeah, Drama, Desire and Dessert. And I especially like the Dessert.”

Rick Bjella is anxious to sink his teeth into Saturday night’s Sunset Station performance.

“We’re touching lots of different parts of love, in terms of the music we’ve selected.”

The decade old professional choir is presenting a program that runs chronological, from the early madrigals to the much more contemporary.

More musical holiday cheer is coming your way, and it’s coming by way of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is a superb group of singers that is joined together by their love and passion for music.”

Rick Bjella knows; he’s their Music Director. This weekend, they have a pair of holiday-themed events. 

“On Saturday, Dec. 13, we have a performance at the chapel at Oblate School of Theology, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, our premiere performance at the Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center.”

Robert Strovers

San Antonio arts institutions are gearing up for the fall season, and the San Antonio Chamber Choir begins theirs this weekend with a pair of performances, themed "A River Runs Through Us."

I spoke to Rick Bjella, their new Artistic Director. He talked about this weekend's performance:

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They’re called the San Antonio Chamber Choir, and they're about to go through a major change. But first, Founding Artistic Director Scott MacPherson describes the choir this way.

“ A professional choir of 24 to 32 singers here in San Antonio. We’re in our ninth season. It’s made up of singers from the greater San Antonio and Austin area,” MacPherson said.

As to what's happening, MacPherson said they have not one, but two performances this weekend.

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Many of us may think of chamber choir music as formal and perhaps a bit stuffy. But after speaking to San Antonio Chamber Choir Board President Carl Leafstedt, maybe we've come to that conclusion too quickly. First, Leafstedt reminds us of exactly who they are and what they do.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is an organization of professional voices, it’s a paid choir of many of the city’s top voices" he said. "Our mission is to perform music that is not often performed in South Texas -- very difficult and unusual repertory sometimes, at the very highest levels."

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There is much to sing about in the way of holiday performances in San Antonio this weekend. Scott MacPherson, the conductor and artistic director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, details what they’re doing in their Holiday concerts.

"We are very lucky to be performing for the first time at San Fernando Cathedral," MacPherson said. "Our holiday concert is called Time for the Season! We have an invited guest choir from Judson High School under the direction of Kay Sherrill. It’s really wonderful to pair up our professional choir with a local high school group."

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The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.

"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.

The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.