Arts Classical attitude 

News and notes from San Antonio’s other music scene

Congrats to Christopher Wilkins, music director emeritus of the San Antonio Symphony, who was just named music director and principal conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. After 10 musically successful but administratively turbulent years with SAS, Wilkins left in 2001 with many fans, a few battle scars, and an honorary title for his service. Wilkins’s new position supports the argument that art requires fresh ideas and environments. If the warm reception and standing ovation he received in Akron is any indication, Wilkins has found a new musical home. Wilkins is also music director of the Orlando Philharmonic and artistic advisor to the Opera Theater of the Rockies.

SA has a new artist to celebrate, too. MacArthur High School senior and tenor Rafael Moras is one of 38 winners in nine disciplines (dance, film, video, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing) of the prestigious ARTS Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Selected from a national pool of more than 6,500 applicants, Moras was one of 160 finalists to spend a week in master classes and workshops with the likes of Placido Domingo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and luminaries from other disciplines. On April 24, Rafael joins fellow honorees at the new Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, where he will perform, receive a $5000-10,000 cash award for college, and be nominated as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

As the season comes to a peak, there’s no shortage of performances, including:

Camerata’s “Orpheus Meets Pan,” 2 p.m., April 9, features an excellent selection of works for harp and flute, including the Ravel Sonatine arranged for flute, harp, and cello by American harpist Carlos Salzedo, and Elizabeth Brown’s 1990 Migration for Japanese Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and strings. Travis Park United Methodist Church. 492-9519 or cameratasa.org.

Musical Offerings’ Jazz Meets Classical XIV celebrates the music of Dave Brubeck and his teacher, Darius Milhaud. Works include Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk, Waltz for Dave by Chick Corea, Milhaud’s Scaramuche and Saudades do Brasil, Mozart’s classic Rondo alla turca K.331, and a newly commissioned work, Homage a Dave.

7 p.m., April 10, San Antonio Museum of Art (celebrating the institution’s 25th anniversary). Call 978-8138. Also 7 p.m., April 11, at the Witte. Call 357-1900.

The Composers Alliance of San Antonio presents new works by local composers, 2 p.m., April 30, performed by the Avanti String Quartet with guest Tal Perkes on flute. Free, McNay Art Museum. 458-5321 or nonsequiturmusic.com/CASA2006.htm.

Last, but never least, SOLI presents “Old Wine in New Bottles: Shakespeare and Mozart in New Shoes,” 8 p.m., May 2, at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Call 930-3931 for details.


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