That’s more like it. Ladies and gentlemen and all the ships from Canyon to Woodlawn Lake, the San Antonio Chamber Music Society of San Antonio, Texas will soon open the curtain on a season unlike any in our 75 (yes, 75) years! You have enjoyed the music we have presented for many, many seasons, I hope, but this season’s programme (yes, it deserves the double-m and the e) is the best yet. Hang onto your hats, get out your credit cards and calendars and order your tickets for this diamond jubilee season.
October 15, 2017
Pacifica String Quartet with Sharon Isbin, guitarist
During their two decades of stellar performances, the Pacifica has earned its international stature with its virtuosity and style. We have had the pleasure of their company in past seasons and are delighted to welcome them back. Performing with them is the incomparable Sharon Isbin, often called “the Monet of classical guitar”, multiple Grammy Award winner and founding director of the Classical Guitar Department at Juilliard. This will be an opening concert to remember!
November 12, 2017
Bearing the name of French Baroque composer, Jean-Féry Rebel, this quartet began in the Netherlands and has performed in every corner of the world since then. They are known and admired for their interpretations of 17th and 18th Century music performed on period instruments. Matthias Maute is a virtuoso performer, conductor and composer who won a JUNO Award in the category of year’s best classical music. This concert promises Baroque music at its finest.
January 21, 2018
Twelve incredible male voices comprise the “world’s reigning men’s chorus” (according to The New Yorker). They’ve won Grammys, they’ve traveled the world and they consistently delight audiences with their seamless blends and original interpretations of the classical genre. We thoroughly enjoyed their dazzling performance a few years ago, as they quite literally filled the house with song. Chanticleer founder Louis A. Botto was born in Texas and was a graduate of Incarnate Word College here in San Antonio. In the early 1970’s he was the director of the First Repertory Company of San Antonio. We look forward to having Chanticleer in our midst to celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial.
March 4, 2018
Five remarkable musicians, two trumpets, a horn, a trombone and a bass trombone combine to form a glorious sound. They have premiered – premiered – more than 150 contemporary brass works and won Chamber Music America’s highest award in the process. They have been in residence at the Juilliard since 1987, and at Aspen Music Festival since 1970. They definitely know how to polish brass to a gleaming, lustrous brilliance. To make this concert extra special – San Antonio Chamber Music Society, as a partner in SA300, the Tricentennial celebration of our city, have commissioned beloved San Antonio composer James Balentine to write a special work for this auspicious occasion. Be there to hear this gift from SACMS to you, San Antonio!
April 15, 2018
Closing out a season you’ll wish could last forever, our dear friends, the Orion. The Quartet in Residence at Lincoln Center, the Orion is known for standing ovation evoking performances. They are famous for the diversity of their programs, their blending of classical and contemporary – and the devotion of their fans (count us in!). You can plan on an afternoon of textures, surprises and just beautiful sounds. (Note: this concert will be at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 227 W. Woodlawn at Belknap Place.)
Are you ready to celebrate with us our Diamond Jubilee? This San Antonio Chamber Music Society season will be extraordinary, over the top, fabulous, gorgeous – where’s my Roget’s when I need it? But you get the picture, so get your tickets, better yet, get a season subscription because you won’t want to miss even one of these concerts. Tickets are always available here at sacms.org, or drop us a check at San Antonio Chamber Music Society, PO Box 12702, San Antonio, TX 78212. And don’t forget – students and active duty military are admitted free to all concerts.
– E Doyle