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After six seasons of Winter Festivals, the San Antonio Symphony is finally getting around to Mozart. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing, speaking to a crowd at the Tobin Center on Wednesday evening before a rehearsal of the latest Las Américas Festival concert, noted that the orchestra was waiting for the more finely tuned acoustics of the Tobin Center to handle the “intimate” sound of Mozart, as compared to their old home, the Majestic Theatre.

Josh Huskin

The Tobin Center will ring with music this weekend as the Las Americas Festival continues. 

"Friday and Saturday I'll be performing Barber's Violin Concerto with the Symphony," said San Antonio Symphony Concert Master Eric Gratz. "A very eclectic mix this year. The festival features many composers--Bernstein, Copeland, Piazzolla--and so this is Barber, the All-American Concerto."

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Christine Lamprea, a Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) alum and former student of San Antonio Symphony principal cellist Ken Freudigman, returns to San Antonio this week with a world premiere tucked into her cello case. She’ll be performing composer Jeffrey Mumford’s concerto titled of fields unfolding...echoing depths of resonant light.

Matt Bynum

The weekend's upon us and we've found fun for bird lovers, music lovers and those who love where music, food and dance come together. First off, how about having a Flamenco Friday? Here's Paula Sullivan talking about where you can do just that.

"Carmen's de la Calle is a global type restaurant which features live music."

Live Flamenco music and dance created right there in front of you.

Daniela Riojas

Something different is happening this weekend at a San Antonio Museum of Art Exhibition. First, SAMA's Katie Luber talks about the exhibition itself -- it's called 28 Chinese

"That features works by 28 contemporary Chinese artists working today," she said.

The expansive exhibition has a huge variety of art.

courtesy of Ballet San Antonio

The San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio are teaming up for another big project. That project is one of of the most popular ballets in dance history—Swan Lake, wherein a maiden’s been turned into a swan by way of a spell. Stager Dominic Walsh picks the story up there.

"The only way this spell can be broken is by an act of true love, and so she must find a prince who will love her and be faithful."

She finds one but then an evil player creates a costly deception.

Siggi Ragnar

While opera & ballet companies as well as symphonies struggled to maintain financial viability in other markets, San Antonio opened a new home for the city's arts organizations. 

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts turns one-year old this month. San Antonio's performing art and architectural gem provides a space for several organizations. What impact has the new institution had on the arts living under its roof? 

Lauren Eberhart

In a surprise move, the San Antonio Symphony announced last Friday a new contract with the Musician’s Union, signed before the current season is over with. 

“My name is Lauren Eberhart. I’m the second trumpet with the San Antonio Symphony.”

She’s also the chair of the Union’s negotiating committee. We spoke at a coffee shop.

"We are trying to find a way out of a cycle of hand-to-mouth living for the Symphony. And I think this is a way forward.  Its initial term is two years and it has the option to go for as many as five years.”

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend I've been on the prowl, and have some ideas. First off, why be restrained to just staying in San Antonio when you can go interstellar? San Antonio Symphony’s President David Gross explains.

“The Symphony is presenting music from John Williams. Star Wars, Superman, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List—all these great sound tracks.”

I asked "The dress code is going to be a bit lax this weekend?" Gross chuckled.

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I've found a real mix of things to do, some indoors, some out. First, the San Antonio Symphony is back in action. President David Gross explains.

“Our Music Director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing is back in town and will be leading the orchestra in the Dances of Galanta. And then the Mozart Concerto No.4 with the fabulous young violinist Jennifer Koh. And the second half of the program is the orchestral masterpiece, the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.”

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