Classical music Classical attitude

News and notes from San Antonio's other music scene

Many happy returns

SOLI Chamber Ensemble is back! After more than a year's absence from the ensemble scene, core SOLI members Stephanie Key, clarinet, and Carolyn True, piano, will be joined by frequent SOLI guest Stephanie Shapiro on English horn, at 8 p.m. on May 2. The performance will take place at Circa 1900, the underground hit restaurant and antique shop at 1900 San Pedro, with a reception and cash bar to follow. True to form, SOLI will take advantage of the intimate setting to explore a range of contemporary musical expression that will excite and challenge your sense of "modern" and "classical." SOLI fans will be glad to hear that a second concert is in the works for later this month featuring the other two SOLI musicians, Ertan Torgul on violin and David Mollenauer on cello. It's not a full season, but it's enough to tide us over. Call SOLI at 930-3931 for updates. Call any SOLI fan for a list of reasons why this ensemble should resume a full season.

Camerata San Antonio began with a group of San Antonio Symphony musicians who wanted to keep playing when the Symphony took a hiatus in 2003. The Symphony is back on track, and Camerata is still going strong. Catch their "Made in America" concert, performed in San Antonio on May 1 and Kerrville on May 3, featuring William Bolcom's Three Rags for String Quartet and Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1 - From the Salvation Army. They'll also roll out Dvorak's ode to the American experience in String Quartet No. 12, Op.96. Call 656-3117 or visit

You can catch all the Camerata and SOLI musicians in orchestral mode at the April 29-30 and May 6-7 San Antonio Symphony performances. The Symphony has announced its 2005-06 season, and tickets are on sale now. Call 554-1010 for tickets, 554-1000 for program details.

Vocal chords

Prefer a little choral music with your Baroque instrumental works? The Texas Bach Choir and Collegium will perform a varied program on May 7 and 8. See or call 828-6425, Ext. 201. On a grander scale and in a more classical mode, the San Antonio Choral Society will close their 40th season with the Mozart Mass in C Minor, with orchestra, at University United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. on May 15. Call 228-4147 for more details.

Air bags

For those of you who want to broaden your musical palate, April 29-May 1 Trinity University will host a weekend symposium on the theme "Wind Bands: What is its Music and Who is its Audience?" It's not as esoteric as it sounds; give winds a chance! Composer and conductor Ron Nelson will be in residence for the panel, a lecture demonstration, and a concert of his music performed by the Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public. Call 999-8211.

Compiled by Diana Lyn Roberts