Glazunov’s String Quintet in A (which follows Schubert’s precedent in calling for two cellos) and Brahms’s String Quintet No. 1 in F (two violas) benefited from the radiant presence of Mr. Gregorian’s viola and from Ms. Sant’Ambrogio’s juicy middle and low registers in the second violin part. In Glazunov they were joined by Ms. Urioste, Mr. Ross and Mr. Atapine -- one of the most posh-sounding ensembles ever fielded by Cactus Pear. Only a whisker behind was the Brahms team -- Ms. Hristova, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio, Mr. Gregorian, Mr. Panner and Mr. Ross. That cellist’s limpid tone and enveloping resonance were especially memorable in the Brahms. 

Mike Greenberg • July 18, 2013, [reviewing a concert from last season]


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July 2014 • 4 Programs, 3 Cities and 14 EXCEPTIONAL Artists

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San Antonio Express-News former senior art critic Mike Greenberg named Cactus Pear in his top 10 for classical music in 2007, writing "Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio's annual summer bash would be an ornament in any world city." And it remains just such a jewel of the summer music scene.


In July 2009 on his "Incident Light" website, Mike wrote, "Attending a festival concert, at the highest levels, is like eavesdropping on a freewheeling dinner-party conversation among really interesting guests...[T]he 13th annual Cactus Pear Music Festival...was a case in point, but there’s no surprise in that."


2010 was no exception for excellence and high praise. David Hendricks of the San Antonio Express-News named CPMF one of "The Best in Classical Music" for that year. Right after our 2011 season, we received a wonderful note from a patron in New Braunfels who wrote: "I felt extremely privileged to be in attendance last Friday night at the Cactus Pear concert . . . . Wow! The concert was truly amazing!"


We strive to make all our concert performances "truly amazing" — from the wonderful and diverse works that are presented to the world class musicians who bring their artistry to CPMF. With a successful 17th season, we very much look forward to our 18th season in July 2014. Here is the full program listing, dates and venues:



San Antonio

Coker United

Methodist Church

231 E. North Loop Road

with FREE, onsite

& ample parking

at the church.



First United

Methodist Church

205 James Street


New Braunfels

McKenna Event Center

801 W San Antonio Street
New Braunfels


All CPMF venues are

ADA compliant.

  • Program 1: GOLDEN KEYS  •  Thursday, July 3

    Thursday, July 3, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 for solo piano (1723)

    — Lin


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    Quartet in E-flat, K. 493 for piano & strings (1786)

    — Lin, Sant’Ambrogio, Gregorian, Kim


    César Franck (1822-1890)

    Quintet in F Minor  for piano & strings (1879)

    — Lin, Hristova, Sant’Ambrogio, Gregorian, Kim


  • Program 2: 20th CENTURY PASSAGEWAYS  •  Saturday, July 5 & Sunday, July 6

    Saturday, July 5, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
    Sunday, July 6, Boerne  •  First United Methodist Church – 2 pm

    Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)

    La oracion del torero, “The Toreador’s Prayer” Op. 34 for string quartet (1925)

    — Hristova, Sant’Ambrogio, Gregorian, Kim


    Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)

    Quintet No. 1 for piano & string quartet (1923)

    — Lin, Hristova, Sant’Ambrogio, Gregorian, Kim


    Pancho Vladigerov (1899-1978)

    Four Pieces for violin & piano, Op. 12 (1921)

    — Hristova, Lin


    Amy Beach (1867-1944)

    Trio in A Minor, Op. 150 for piano, violin & cello (1938)

    — Lin, Sant’Ambrogio, Kim


  • Program 3: HIDDEN DOORWAYS: Rare Treasures for Baritone, Oboe & Strings  Thursday, July 10 & Sunday, July 13

    Thursday, July 10, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Sunday, July 13, Boerne  •  First United Methodist Church – 2 pm

    Jean Marie Leclair (1697-1764)

    Sonata in B Minor, Op. 12, No. 1 for two violins (1749)

    — Friedmann, Sant’Ambrogio


    George Friderick Handel (1685-1759)

    Cantata Spande ancor a mio dispetto, HWV 165 for bass-baritone, 2 violins & b.c. (1708)

    Jones, Pogorelov, Sant’Ambrogio, F. Edelen, C. Edelen


    Bernhard Henrik Crusell (1775-1838)

    Divertimento in C Major, Op. 9 for oboe, 2 violins, viola & cello (1823)

    Liu, Sant’Ambrogio, Pogorelov, Harding, Ross


    Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

    Sextet in F Minor, Op. 23, No. 4, G. 457 (1776)

    Pogorelov, Sant’Ambrogio, Harding, Friedmann, Ross, Rapier


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    Quartet in F, K. 370 for oboe, violin, viola & cello (1781)

    Liu, Sant’Ambrogio, Friedmann, Rapier


  • Program 4: THE BAROQUE BAEDEKER through France, Germany & Italy

    Friday, July 11,  Saturday, July 12 & Sunday, July 13

    Friday, July 11, New Braunfels  •  McKenna Event Center – 7 pm
    Saturday, July 12, San Antonio  • 
    Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Sunday, July 13, Boerne  •  First United Methodist Church – 7 pm


    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

    Trio Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 148 for oboe, violin & basso continuo (1735)

    — Liu, Pogorelov, C. Edelen, F. Edelen


    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

    Thetis for baritone, violin & basso continuo (1718)

    Prelude–Recitative: Muses, dans vos divins concerts–Aria: Volez, tirans des airs, aquilons • Recitative: Neptune, en ce moment au gre de sa fureur–Aria: Partez, volez brillants éclairs • Recitative: Quel aveugle transport vous guide–Air: Beautes! Qu’un sort heruerx destine

    — Jones, Sant’Ambrogio, F. Edelen, C. Edelen


    Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

    Concerto in G Minor, RV 531 for two cellos and strings (1741)

    — Solisti: Ross, Rapier;  Tutti: Sant’Ambrogio, Pogorelov, Harding, F. Edelen, C. Edelen


    Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)

    Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto” (1712)

    — Concertino: Sant’Ambrogio, Pogorelov, Ross ~ Concerto Grosso: Sorgi, Yapper,
         Friedmann, Harding, Rapier, C. Edelen


    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    Cantata Ich habe genug “I am content”, BWV 82  (1727) for bass-baritone, oboe,
    strings & b.c.

    Aria: Ich habe genug • Recitativo: Ich habe genug • Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen • Recitativo: Mein Gott! Wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun! • Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod

    — Jones, Liu, Pogorelov, Sant’Ambrogio, Harding, F. Edelen, C. Edelen


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