The San Antonio Wind Symphony is entering our fourteenth season, thank you for your continued support!

The San Antonio Wind Symphony is entering our fourteenth season, thank you for your continued support!


The San Antonio Wind Symphony is a group of volunteer musicians who combine their talents and services to provide an opportunity for life-long musical expression and enjoyment; enrich, educate and entertain the general public through live performances; enhance music education in the community by partnering with college, high school and middle school band programs and preserve the cultural history of the wind band repertoire.

The San Antonio Wind Symphony would like to thank everyone who made our thirteenth season our very finest, and welcome everyone to an exciting and highly anticipated fourteenth season!

Last season featured our debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and our first ever participation in the Big Give SA. We also had concerts at Smithson Valley High School and Southwest High School and the UTSA Recital Hall.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our supporters and our sponsors:

Alfred Frances and Janice Marty Sturchio and the Sturchio Family

RBC Music Company, Inc.

Mitch Usrey at BlueTape Printing Company, San Antonio

Padgett Stratemann and Company

The San Antonio Gypsy Motorcycle Club

Arpeggio Music Academy

The University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Music

The UTSA Percussion Ensemble, Sherry Rubins, Director

Alamo Heights HS Band, David Stephenson, Director

Stevens HS Band, Robert Rubio, Director

Southwest HS Band, Richard Flores, Director

Smithson Valley HS Band, Matt Boening, Dain Vereen, Jeff Yates, Sam Woodfield, Directors

 


Please join us for our fourth concert of the season as we present the First Movement of the Fourth Clarinet Concerto by Louis Spohr. This year's artist in residence will be offering master classes and clinics at many area middle schools, high schools and at UTSA. Schedule will be released soon. The concert will take place at Southwest High School Auditorium on February 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM, entrance is free of charge and open to the public. Here is a little more about the Fourth Clarinet Concerto by Louis Spohr: "At the close of 1821 Spohr’s career reached a major turning point with his appointment as Kapellmeister at the court of Kassel and he remained there for the rest of his life. It was in Kassel that he composed the Clarinet Concerto No 4 in E minor WoO20, sketched in August 1828 and orchestrated in January 1829. It ranks among Spohr’s finest compositions and received its premiere in Hermstedt’s hands on 12 June 1829 during the Nordhausen Musical Festival where the composer demonstrated his continuing love for Mozart by taking the viola part in a performance of the latter’s Clarinet Trio, K498. The fourth concerto, the only one Spohr composed for the A clarinet, opens with a sombre Romantic-sounding theme (Allegro vivace) which is contrasted with a more serene second subject, but this relaxed atmosphere is interrupted by powerful though brief orchestral outbursts. The Larghetto is reflective and melancholy, with operatic touches coming from declamatory passages and dramatic arpeggios. The finale, a Rondo al espagnol, appears on the surface to be a joyous, good-humoured movement but there is an underlying feeling of sadness emphasized by the E minor tonality that dominates proceedings. The opening theme of the work is echoed in the arpeggio figuration at the close. Spohr had earlier used a Spanish finale in his sixth violin concerto, composed in the winter of 1808–9 after hearing a Spanish soldier quartered on him in Gotha play his native melodies on a guitar, and he turned to this Spanish inspiration for a number of further works including a string quartet and an opera as well as this clarinet concerto." - Keith Warsop © 2008 The concert will be at the Southwest High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public, we hope to see you there! For more information >

Please join us for our fourth concert of the season as we present the First Movement of the Fourth Clarinet Concerto by Louis Spohr.

This year's artist in residence will be offering master classes and clinics at many area middle schools, high schools and at UTSA. Schedule will be released soon.

The concert will take place at Southwest High School Auditorium on February 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM, entrance is free of charge and open to the public.

Here is a little more about the Fourth Clarinet Concerto by Louis Spohr:

"At the close of 1821 Spohr’s career reached a major turning point with his appointment as Kapellmeister at the court of Kassel and he remained there for the rest of his life. It was in Kassel that he composed the Clarinet Concerto No 4 in E minor WoO20, sketched in August 1828 and orchestrated in January 1829. It ranks among Spohr’s finest compositions and received its premiere in Hermstedt’s hands on 12 June 1829 during the Nordhausen Musical Festival where the composer demonstrated his continuing love for Mozart by taking the viola part in a performance of the latter’s Clarinet Trio, K498.

The fourth concerto, the only one Spohr composed for the A clarinet, opens with a sombre Romantic-sounding theme (Allegro vivace) which is contrasted with a more serene second subject, but this relaxed atmosphere is interrupted by powerful though brief orchestral outbursts. The Larghetto is reflective and melancholy, with operatic touches coming from declamatory passages and dramatic arpeggios.

The finale, a Rondo al espagnol, appears on the surface to be a joyous, good-humoured movement but there is an underlying feeling of sadness emphasized by the E minor tonality that dominates proceedings. The opening theme of the work is echoed in the arpeggio figuration at the close. Spohr had earlier used a Spanish finale in his sixth violin concerto, composed in the winter of 1808–9 after hearing a Spanish soldier quartered on him in Gotha play his native melodies on a guitar, and he turned to this Spanish inspiration for a number of further works including a string quartet and an opera as well as this clarinet concerto." - Keith Warsop © 2008

The concert will be at the Southwest High School Auditorium and is free and open to the public, we hope to see you there!

For more information >

Mr. Richard Gonzalez

Mr. Richard Gonzalez

MUSICIAN SPOTLIGHT 

Mr. Richard Gonzalez received his Bachelor of Music from Trinity University in San Antonio and his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Ohio University. Mr. Gonzalez began his teaching career in Alice under the tutelage of Bryce Taylor in 1988.

Read more about Mr. Gonzalez >