The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (COSA) announces and continues its innovative programming for the 2016/2017 season. The season’s three concerts will all take place at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
20th Century Icons will be performed on October 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to commemorate the 100th birthday celebration of Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera. The program will feature contemporaneous composers and works such as 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, and 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 make his COSA debut as conductor.
Realizations: Tristan und Isolde (2017) will be a co-production between COSA and AtticRep to present Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde as an arranged work by Jean-Pierre Arnaud for chamber orchestra, soprano, and narrator. Under stage direction by AtticRep’s Roberto Prestigiacomo, the timeless medieval love story will be performed on February 17-18 at 8:00 p.m. and on February 19 at 2:00 p.m. Gemma New will conduct in her second appearance with COSA, Jenna Black will perform as soprano, and Stefano di Buduo will direct an integrative multimedia presentation.
Myths Abound (2017) will be performed on May 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. introducing its first concerto for piano and orchestra in a concert. Acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, winner of 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition, and an admired professor, Anton Nel will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 (influenced by the myth Orpheus and Eurydice). The program will also include the rarely performed “Dance of the Furies” and Chaconne from Christoph Wilibald Gluck’s opera Orphée et Eurydice, as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”. Gemma New will return as conductor.