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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.”

Jim Callaghan

The weekend’s  weather is going to be great to get out and do all kinds of activities. Here's a snapshot of a few things you might want to check out. First off, for young families, the Magik Theatre presents A Night in Old New Orleans.

“A little bit of fantasy, a little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of music.”

That's the Magik Theatre’s Beth Graham. The play’s origin is the very popular Magic Treehouse book series.

“One of the composers is Allen Toussaint, who was one of the composers of Ain’t Misbehavin', a Broadway show.”

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The San Antonio Symphony's weekend slate is full, but as to the music they will be playing, it may be different than you’d expect. It's going to be a lot less Bach and a lot more salsa.

“The Fiesta Pops is a series of three performances this weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains it.

Eric Green

In time for Valentine’s weekend, a pair of local arts institutions are performing perhaps the greatest love story of all time. We stopped by Ballet San Antonio’s practice space to speak with San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

“The symphony will be performing with Ballet San Antonio Prokofiev’s great ballet Romeo and Juliet.   Prokofiev has a great way of depicting both romance and tragedy, which are the two key ingredients of the story of Romeo and Juliet.”

She says the composer has interesting ways of taking hold of your emotions.

Chance James

The San Antonio Symphony’s Strauss Festival has been their focus for the past month, but on Saturday night it comes to an end.

“This weekend is our final part to our Strauss Festival.”

The Strauss Festival that Concertmaster Eric Gratz is talking about the symphony’s yearly focus on a single composer.

“It’s sort of your one last chance to get the whole spectrum of Strauss’s music.”

I asked “Is it a particularly challenging part for you—you’ve got solos throughout, right?”

Magaret Malandruccolo/Deutsche Grammophon

The San Antonio Strauss Festival continues this week with something quite special — violinist Daniel Hope. His back story is nothing if not fascinating.

“My whole family has, in a sense, been touched by exile. My father, who was a writer, is very anti-apartheid, and we were forced to leave the country when I was a baby.”

That country was South Africa, and the family took root in London, where Hope began playing the violin as a young boy. But his interests didn’t stop with music.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s next concert holds an interesting promise. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan has more.

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s next concert holds an interesting promise--the promise of what’s yet to come for the young musicians. Here’s YOSA’s Troy Peters.

“This Sunday we’re going to have a side-by-side at Laurie Auditorium at three o’clock, where you’ll see the San Antonio Symphony and YOSA playing together in one great big, giant orchestra.”

The mentor relationship between the symphony and YOSA is a rich one.

Karen Almond

For years now, I keep coming back to a jazz composition by composer/jazz educator and good friend Dick Goodwin. He wrote the piece back when I first got to know him, in the late '60s, calling it “What I Think About When I Hear 'Bye, Bye, Blackbird.'” It's funny how utilitarian the concept is: “What I Think About When I Hear Beethoven 5th,” or “Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade.'” Or what about the visual?

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