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.  

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


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July 2015 • 5 Programs, 4 Cities and 20 EXCEPTIONAL Artists 

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Cactus Pear Music Festival concerts garner high praise for the programming and artistry season after season. 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. We very much look forward to our 19th season in July 2015. Here is the full program listing, dates and venues:


Dates and venues are still to be finalized and will be updated in early 2015.
Thanks for your patience.


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



First Presbyterian Church

800 Jefferson Street




    Thursday, July 9, Kerrville  •  Kerrville Presbyterian Church – 7 pm
    Friday, July 10, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
    Sunday, July 12, Boerne  •  First United Methodist Church – 2 pm

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    Flute Quartet in D, K. 285 (1777) for flute, violin, viola & cello

    — Martin Berg, Sant’Ambrogio, Williams, Kim


    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

    "The Shepherd on the Rock" Op. 129, D. 965 (1828) for soprano, clarinet & piano

    — Martin Berg, Shterenberg, Lin


    Antonio Salazar Arroya (1928-2000)

    Tres Canciones Mexicanas for soprano, clarinet & piano

    — Martin Berg, Shterenberg, Lin


    Shawn Jaeger (b. 1985)

    In Old Virginny (2007) for soprano & double bass

    — Bonhag, Premo


    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) / Johann Peter Salomon (1749-1815)

    "London" Symphony No. 104 Septet in D major (1795) for flute, strings & piano

    — Martin Berg, Zori, Sant’Ambrogio, Williams, Kim, Premo, Lin


  • Program 2: L'CHAIM | TO LIFE!

    Saturday, July 11, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Irving Schlein (1905-1986)

    Sonata for flute & piano (1966)

    — Martin Berg, Lin


    Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)

    Baal Shem Suite for violin & piano

    — Zori, Lin


    Judd Greenstein (b. 1979)

    Summer Dances (2003) for clarinet, viola & double bass

    — Shterenberg, Williams, Premo


    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

    Capriccio in E minor Op. 81, No. 3 (1843) for string quartet

    — Sant’Ambrogio, Zori, Williams, Kim


    Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

    Concertina (1925) for flute, viola & double bass

    — Martin Berg, Williams, Premo


    Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

    Appalachian Spring Suite (1944) for nine players

    — Martin Berg, Shterenberg, Kuster, Sant’Ambrogio, Zori, Williams, Kim, Premo, Lin

  • Program 3: BRAZIL OR BUST

    Sunday, July 12, Boerne  •  First United Methodist Church – 7 pm
    —ONLY VENUE at which this concert will be performed

    Brazilian Guitar Quartet

    Everton Gloeden and Luiz Mantovani, eight-string guitars

    Tadeu do Amaral and Gustavo Costa, six-string guitars


    Repertoire TBD

  • Program 4: GERMANIC GIANTS

    Thursday, July 16, New Braunfels  •  McKenna Event Center – 7 pm
    Friday, July 17, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    Duo in G, K. 423 (1783) for violin & viola

    Sant’Ambrogio, Harding


    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    String Trio in D, Op. 9, No. 2 (1798) for violin, viola & cello

    Gratz, Panner, Kostov


    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

    String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (1865)

    — Sant'Ambrogio, Gratz, Harding, Panner, Lum, Kostov



  • Program 5: BELLA ITALIA

    Saturday, July 18, San Antonio  •  Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm

    Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

    "Italian Serenade" (1887)

    — Sant'Ambrogio, Gratz, Panner, Kostov


    Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

    String Quartet in E minor (1873)
    — Gratz, Sant'Ambrogio, Harding, Lum


    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

    "Souvenir de Florence" Sextet, Op. 79 (1890)

    — Gratz, Sant'Ambrogio, Panner, Harding, Kostov, Lum

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