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Season 21 July 5-16, 2017

San Antonio


New Braunfels






2016 Media & PR

2017 Ticket Sales will be announced in the new year.

© 2016, Cactus Pear Music Festival

With 20-20 vision that guided us through another exciting season, we are now looking in the rear view mirror at fond memories of great concerts, great artists and music, and great audiences for all programs. Did you have a favorite concert? A favorite piece? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the 20th anniversary season. (use the "Email Us" link in the footer.)


It was a wonderful experience having the four former Young Artist Program [YAP] alums with us this season: violinist and composer Colin Sorgi (2005) and pianist Ellen Pavliska (2011) in week one; pianist Wayne Ching (2009) and clarinetist Sam Almaguer (2008) in week two. They did an incredible job. After the festival ended, Wayne wrote me the following: "You and Cactus Pear have already made a very large impact on my musical growth and journey, and I will forever be thankful for what this festival has done for me. Attending the YA program back in 2009 was a huge impetus on igniting my love for chamber music as a budding musician, and I am certain my experience this time as a full-fledged festival artist will stimulate me in ways I cannot yet imagine as I begin my career as a professional musician." We can imagine great things ahead for all the alums.


We had such a good time working with composer Kevin Puts on his commissioned piece "In At the Eye" and in premiering it in San Antonio. A patron wrote: "I reserve the word 'magic' for those rare times when a composer creates passages that are exceptionally sublime, most commonly found (for me) in the Mozart piano concertos. I find a lot of music to be wonderful, but rarely magical. I found magic in the Puts quintet, partly due to the way Puts blended the voice and instruments. It took me to a place and my thought was: 'I want to stay in this place.'  I appreciate your role in bringing forth this music." We love hearing from you, for praise, observations or suggestions.


And, again, we want to thank all our supporters but especially the Champion Donors who, with this spring's Big Give online glitch, stepped forward with tremendous support and generous comments for Cactus Pear. We can't thank the Champions enough for helping make Season 20 a success.


Our Soirée VIP Concerts began September 18 with the Argenta Trio. There is ONE
Soirée left in the series, on April 2. Don't miss it if you can. These are wonderful,
intimate concerts that allow you to even get closer to the music and the artists. Our
April concert features an up-and-coming violin-piano duo from Belgium who sound
fantastic. Use the link, above left, for more information or for ordering your
soirée tickets. We hope to see you for our April VIP concert.


May music keep you singing.

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CPMF is generously supported by the City of San Antonio's Department of Culture

and Creative Development. All CPMF venues are ADA compliant.

A final house concert of the season is approaching, on April 2. Click the link above for more information.

CPMF's 20th Anniversary Season A Success