COSA will perform 20th Century Icons on October 15, 2016, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera, and feature contemporaneous composers. The program will include Aaron Copland’s Two Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, Rudolf Barshai’s arrangement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op. 110, the Ginastera Concerto for Strings, as well as a piece for the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Ginastera’s “The Lamentations of Jeremiah.” José Luis Gomez, newly named Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will conduct in his COSA debut.
On February 16 and 18, 2017, in collaboration with Opera San Antonio, COSA will continue its Realizations series with Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde arranged by Jean-Pierre Arnaud for chamber orchestra, soprano, and narrator. The performances of this timeless medieval love story will take place over the weekend after Valentine’s Day. Gemma New, Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, will conduct in her second COSA appearance. Soprano Jenna Black will be making her first appearance with COSA.
On May 12-13, 2017, COSA will feature its first concerto for piano and orchestra in a concert, Myths Abound. Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition, acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, and beloved professor, Anton Nel, will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, which was influenced by the myth of Orpheo and Eurydice. Other works include Christoph Wilibald Gluck’s rarely heard “Dance of the Furies” and Chaconne from the opera Orphée et Eurydice. The final work will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last symphony, No. 41 “Jupiter.” Gemma New will conduct this concert.