In our daily lives we have all kinds of connections – internet connection, airport connections, social media connections. But the most important kind of connection is that between two good friends. True friends know and understand us on a deeper level. That is, they really connect with us. And when a performer has a deep understanding of what the music means to them personally, they can connect with the audience and bring the audience into that understanding. The performers for this season are masters at connecting the audience with the music.
Most of these artists are new to the Blanco audience but are among the most gifted anywhere. We are delighted and honored to present the American String Quartet, internationally recognized as one of the world's finest, in their first performance here. Also new for this year is San Antonio Symphony’s principal clarinetist and frequent Cactus Pear Music Festival guest, Ilya Shterenberg. He will be collaborating with San Antonio International Piano Competition gold medalist Scott Cuellar. Cuellar is also playing with violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, founder and Artistic Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival and a BPA audience favorite. The Myriad Trio of Demarre McGill (flute), Julie Philips Smith (harp), and Che-Yen Chen (viola) will feature traditional and contemporary music for this stunning instrumentation. The season closes with a new pianist, Michael Schneider, who specializes in the music of Franz Liszt, the piano virtuoso. His lively commentary on the music genuinely connects with the audience.
In addition to this season’s offerings, on March 9, 2019 BPA will present its first Young Artist recital in collaboration with the Texas State International Piano Festival. Aaron Kurz, the Betty Dickinson Award Winner at the Festival will be performing in this special concert.
Season tickets are available at on this website through October 6. You may also make reservations for the Aaron Kurz recital on the website.
— by Vickie Pautz
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