Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Eric Gratz, violin
Copland El salón México
Barber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Catán Florencia en el Amazonas
Barber Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
Aaron Copland’s El salón Mexico. The San Antonio Symphony features its very own brilliant concertmaster Eric Gratz in Samuel Barber’s superbly melodic Violin Concerto—its lush Romanticism a clever contrast to the same composer’s Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, his portrait of “psychological states of jealousy and vengeance which are timeless.” Orchestral excerpts from Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s tuneful Florencia en el Amazones round out this colorful program.