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Do you remember all these program covers? Do you recall that first season in 1997 when something new had arrived in San Antonio? Yes, it was 19 years ago but I can remember it like it was yesterday. The faces of the musicians, the audiences at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, the excitement of having it all come together. AND the clear signal from our patrons that Cactus Pear Music Festival was not only a sizzling summer offering for the musical drought that was San Antonio summers back then, but was enthusiastically cheered on for what has now been 19 complete seasons. Wow! It's been a great ride and we are ready to celebrate the 20th in style, with 20-20 vision for what has been and what is yet to be.
For season 20 we are pulling out all the stops: 20 artists collaborating in 20 pieces by such greats as Schubert, Dvorak, Faure and Ravel, and exciting works by living composers Michael Daugherty, Kenji Bunch, Thomas Dougherty and Kevin Puts. We are also pleased to bring back some of the alums from our Young Artist Program [YAP] who are joining us now as professional colleagues: in week 1 we have pianist Ellen Pavliska (2011) and Colin Sorgi (2005); in week 2 pianist Wayne Ching (2009) and clarinetist Sam Almaguer (2008) join us.
And I've managed to have a wonderful mix of former CPMF colleagues as well as San Antonio Symphony stalwarts on stage. You'll hear pianist Ryo Yanagitani, violist Ara Gregorian as well as cellist Lachezar Kostov in our first week. Our dear friend and program annotator Jeffrey Sykes is back along with husband and wife cellists Tony Ross and Beth Rapier, flutist Stephanie Jutt, baritone Timothy Jones, as well as oboist Rung-Hui Lie, SAS's Eric Gratz, Sharon Kuster, John Carroll and Sherry Rubins. It is going to be a season of perfect vision and music, on stage. I can't wait!
In the meantime, if you want to slack your thirst for great chamber music, we still have the February 21 and April 10 Soirée Specials House Concerts you can enjoy. Click here for more information and an easy online way to make ticket purchases.
I hope to see you at the Soirée Special and look forward to seeing y'all in the audience this summer when we toast the 20th season. It'll be here before we know it.
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