Bring your non-perishables to our Season Opener!

Like everyone, we have watched the devastation in Houston and the Gulf Coast with horror and have been looking for some way we can help as an organization. To that end, we will be collecting donations of food and funds for the San Antonio Food Bank, which does such great work in our area and has also been serving Hurricane Harvey relief. So, bring your non-perishables with you to our Season Opener in Boerne, Kerrville and San Antonio. Let’s fill up that red barrel!

For a list of the Food Bank’s “most wanted,” follow this link

2017 String Quartet Master Class

On April 24, 2017, we hosted four student string quartets in our annual master class. Talented student groups performed well-prepared quartet movements by Borodin, Ravel, Grieg and Prokofiev in the Seddon Recital Hall on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. Each member of the Camerata San Antonio core string quartet worked with the stide Tx to help make their performances even better. All this, in front of an audience of interested patrons!

Annual String Quartet Master Class

Our FREE annual string quartet master class is coming up soon! April 24 at 7:30 in the Seddon Recital Hall at UIW. We are still accepting  applicants for the three performing slots. We will choose three groups on Monday, April 10. Students are also encouraged to attend as observers. One performing group maybe selected to open our season finale concerts April 28-30!

Beethoven’s Holy Grails

“Landing on an impossibly distant planet, we hear a sound. It roils and hammers, winks and scowls; it ensnares us in nettles, entangles us in vines, sets us afloat on a cloud; it waits, becalmed, then coils and strikes. Could this be music? Or is it some other mode of being, a shape-shifting life form, existing only in dreams?

We have arrived at Planet Beethoven, specifically at two of the weirdest, wildest, most unnerving soundscapes ever conceived – the Piano Sonata No. 29 (“Hammerklavier”) and the Grosse Fuge, in its original context as the gargantuan final movement of the String Quartet No. 13. Both are in the innocent key of B-flat. Careful! The fruit punch has been spiked with Everclear.”

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Review: A Romanticist of the First Order

“The memory has to board the way-back machine and set the dial to 1992 and a Ravinia Festival appearance by Shura Cherkassky to find a suitable comparison with the pianist Viktor Valkov’s bravura recital for Camerata San Antonio, Dec. 4 in the University of the Incarnate Word concert hall.

Mr. Valkov, a native of Bulgaria and a doctoral candidate at Rice University, is a familiar figure hereabouts, mostly in chamber music. He was entirely on his own for this Camerata recital. The generous program leaned strongly in the Romantic direction, and it was in that repertoire that the comparison to Cherkassky was clearest — the brilliant technique, the kaleidoscopic color, the sheer fun.”

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