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Chanticleer Outreach Event

Choral Masterclass Led By Fred Scott – Music Director Of Chanticleer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on January 22, 2018

On January 22 we were lucky to have Fred Scott lead a masterclass for three school choirs.  The class lasted an hour and a half with each choir receiving 30 minutes of coaching by Mr. Scott.  The participating choirs performed in order of age beginning with Children’s Choir of San Antonio comprised of 5th-7th graders.  They were followed by the Madison High School Choir, and then the Trinity University Chorale.  Each choir sounded magnificent and went from great to greater!  The inspiration of being in one of the most visually and sonically superior churches in San Antonio, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, was a bonus.

The love of making music could be seen on the face of every chorister.  And then when Fred began to coach each group they showed the eager and joyful expressions of learning and improving.  Fred talked about hard and soft vowels and consonants, head-bobbing, French and Italian pronunciation, and more.  He also instructed the choir members to look at the audience and not always be glued to the conductor.

This masterclass was a unique experience among our many outreach events.  We are most grateful to the amazing musicians of Chanticleer and their equally amazing Music Director, Fred Scott for an extraordinary weekend.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Our kids are already getting warmed up and they sound glorious 😊 we hope you are on your way to hear it in person!

Posted by The Children's Chorus of San Antonio on Monday, January 22, 2018

Rebel Baroque Outreach Event

Rebel Baroque with Matthias Maute at Judson Montessori School on November 13, 2017

On Monday morning November 13 the students at Judson Montessori School had a delightful treat when the spirited Rebel Baroque group played an informal concert for them.  The younger students sat up close on the floor of the gymnasium, while the older students sat in chairs behind them.  The students at Judson are very lucky to have as their music teacher, the talented harpsichord builder Gerald Self who generously loaned one of his harpsichords to SACMS for these performances.  Many of the students are taught how to play recorder by Mr. Self, and five of them were invited up on the stage to perform a piece by Anthony Holbourne.

The Rebel musicians played several works from their Sunday program and interspersed their performances with time out for Q&A.  It was also wonderful to hear the individual players play solos on their instruments. Harpsichordist Dongsuk Shin played a beautiful Bach Prelude that wowed the audience, and Matthias Maute played a spry unaccompanied work on recorder.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Calmus Ensemble Outreach Event

Calmus Ensemble Outreach at Madison High School on April 24, 2017

On April 24, 2017 the amazing vocal group Calmus Ensemble from Leipzig, gave a beautiful private performance for 40 lucky choral students at Madison High School. The group sang a quite different program at Madison than the program on our formal series at Temple BethEl. Their program included a work by Bach, an intricate and complex fugue, a work by Queen (the rock group), and a very humorous ditty that included some comedy material involving a triangle played by two people. The students rose to their feet in a spontaneous ovation at the end of the concert.

This was our last Outreach Event for the 2017-18 season. SACMS is pleased to be able to offer these Outreach Events as a musical gift to our community. If you support this concept, please consider making a donation to the Ed Mandel Fund to further these educational concerts.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Dover Quartet Outreach Event

Early on Monday morning, April 4, the Dover String Quartet headed out to Serna Elementary to play for Pre-K through 4th graders.  They were invited by SACMS board member, Joe Lamm, who volunteers to listen to children read at the school.  Hundreds of small children came into the auditorium and sat on the floor waiting eagerly, but quietly for their own private concert.  The quartet members interacted beautifully with the children fielding numerous questions.  The musicians also asked the children questions of their own which helped the students to focus and put on their thinking caps.

The quartet played 2 movements from the Dvořák American Quartet, which they also played in their formal concert on Sunday. They concluded with a lively movement from one of the Beethoven String Quartets.  Each movement was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience.

We are always grateful to our visiting artists for their generosity in sharing their talents throughout our community.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Ed Mandel Trust Fund which perpetuates our Outreach Events, please visit our website for more information.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

The Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man Outreach Event

On Monday February 29 at noon, the Shanghai Quartet, along with pipa virtuoso Wu Man, performed an hour-long concert in the beautiful Holly Auditorium on the UTHSCSA main campus. After being introduced by Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, quartet members talked with the audience about the music they were playing. All of the works were by Chinese composers. Additionally Wu Man spoke about the pipa, explaining that it has been around for over 2,000 years, and pointing out how much considerably older it is than the frequently antique (300 years) violins, violas, and cellos that are used in quartets and symphonies. Wu Man played a beautiful solo work for pipa. The performers ended the program with the masterful Ghost Opera by living Chinese composer, Tan Dun.

The large audience sprang to their feet in a spontaneous and enthusiastic standing ovation. Many physicians, researchers, and medical students were in attendance, as well as a group of high school health science interns. All were then treated to a nice lunch buffet put out by the Health Science Center. This was a new venue for SACMS outreach and we look forward to returning there in the future.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

Wu Man and two members of the Shanghai Quartet with Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano.

Gryphon Trio Outreach Event

On January 25, 2016 the Gryphon Trio performed an Outreach Concert for SACMS at the Edgewood Fine Arts Academy for music students. The trio played in the beautiful auditorium. It was a pleasure to hear music in such a great acoustic space, and it was also wonderful to enjoy Edgewood Academy’s beautiful new Steinway grand piano.

The trio played some staples from the piano trio repertoire including a movement of the Ghost Trio by Beethoven. The students were quiet listeners, and very attentive. One student asked a very sophisticated question about how the musicians achieved their various articulations. When time was almost up, and the cellist asked how much time was left, one student yelled out “an hour”! Clearly the students could have sat listening all day.

Submitted by Allyson Dawkins

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