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Viva Tango!

Viva Tango!

Sunday, April 28, 2024 All I can say is ”Wow”! What a way to celebrate the final day of Fiesta 2024 -- listening to a unique program of tango music by two tango giants, Lalo Schifrin and Astor Piazzola. The multi-talented ensemble of six players was drawn from a broad...

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Making the Unfamiliar Understandable

Making the Unfamiliar Understandable

Did someone say chamber music is passé? Boring? Old-fashioned? By Jupiter, they’re wrong! At their third appearance with the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, the Jupiter String Quartet presented a program entitled “Folk Encounters,” and the audience-folk received it...

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New Understandings

New Understandings

What can be done with a chilly, rainy Sunday afternoon? Well, you could just stay home and watch football on TV. How fun is that? Alternately, you could venture out somewhere on the freeways and see how many poor fools had driven themselves into ditches. There’s...

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A Scrumptious Feast

A Scrumptious Feast

Dreary damp November weather certainly did not dampen the mood inside Shepherd King Lutheran Church. The ample audience at the November 12 concert was treated to a brilliant all-Bach performance by flutist Brandon Patrick George and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. One...

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Brandon and Mahan

Brandon and Mahan

Brandon Patrick George, Grammy-nominated flutist, member of Imani Winds, and faculty member at the Curtis Institute, is an important voice and a formidable force for good, leading discussions on how to create more inclusive communities in classical music.

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Decoda

Decoda

Decoda is young in years, but classic in presentation. You may have read in the program notes that this group was formed just in 2012, but their performance belies their youth. Clara Lyon, violin, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello, Catherine Gregory, flute, Brad Ballett, bassoon, and David Kaplan, piano, are the core components of Decoda we had the pleasure of hearing.

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Our 81st Season opens with Decoda

Our 81st Season opens with Decoda

Decoda was founded in 2012 by musicians who first collaborated as members of Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Its work as an ensemble has grown out of this collective training, which focused on developing skills as exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for music in communities around the world.

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Well Beyond Its Years

Well Beyond Its Years

The Isidore String Quartet performed well beyond its years, with a level of musicianship not often attained even by ensembles who’ve performed together longer than the Isidore members have been alive.

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Transformers

Transformers

The Merz Trio are transformers – musical geniuses who can transform everything from orchestral works to ancient chants into compositions fit for a very talented piano trio.

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