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, IncidentLight.com [reviewing a concert from the 2013 season]

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San Antonio

Coker United

Methodist Church

231 E. North Loop Road

with FREE, onsite

& ample parking

at the church.

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Boerne

First United

Methodist Church

205 James Street

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Kerrville

First Presbyterian Church

800 Jefferson Street

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New Braunfels

McKenna Event Center

801 W San Antonio Street
New Braunfels

 

 

 

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ADA compliant.

July 2016 • 4 Programs, 4 Cities and 20 EXCEPTIONAL Artists 


click here for full listing of 2016 artists
click for a 2016 calendar overview of events
2016 program notes will be posted in March.

click here for full 2015 program notes (still posted for a good read)

 

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 this 20th season in July 2016. Here is the full program listing, dates and venues:

 

  • Program 1: Fantasies & Folktales

    Thursday, July 7, Kerrville • Kerrville Presbyterian Church – 7 pm
Friday, July 8, San Antonio • Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
 Kevin Puts [b. 1972] Aria for violin & piano (2000) —Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Ryo Yanagitani Franz Peter Schubert [1797-1828] Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 103, D. 940 for piano four-hands (1828) —Ellen Pavliska, Ryo Yanagitani Gabriel Fauré [1845-1924] Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45 (1886) —Ryo Yanagitani, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Ara Gregorian, Lachezar Kostov Antonin Dvorak [1841-1904] Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 [originally performed 2004 season] —Ellen Pavliska, Colin Sorgi, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Ara Gregorian, Lachezar Kostov
  • Program 2: Passions Old, Passions New

    Saturday, July 9, San Antonio • Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
Sunday, July 10, Boerne • First United Methodist Church – 2 pm
 Domenico Scarlatti [1685-1757] Sonata in B Minor, K. 27 & Sonata in A, K. 113 for solo piano (17??) —Ellen Pavliska Thomas Dougherty (b. 1990) Propel, Glide, Wind for string quartet (2015 Young Composer Winner) —Colin Sorgi, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Ara Gregorian, Lachezar Kostov Arno Babadjanian [1921-1983] Piano Trio in F-Sharp Minor (1952) —Ellen Pavliska, CStephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Lachezar Kostov Johannes Brahms [1833-1897] Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (1862) [originally performed 2006 season] —Ryo Yanagitani, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Colin Sorgi, Ara Gregorian, Lachezar Kostov
  • Program 3: French Impressions (one performance only)

    Friday, July 15, San Antonio • Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
 Kenji Bunch [b. 1973] Sarabande for solo violin —Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio Gabriel Fauré [1845-1924] Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 (1923) —Wayne Ching, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Beth Rapier Maurice Ravel [1875-1937] Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, songs for baritone & piano (1933) —Timothy Jones, Jeffrey Sykes Bohuslav Martinu [1890-1959] La revue de cuisine for piano, violin, cello, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, (1927) [performed the inaugural season 1997] —Wayne Ching, Eric Gratz, Beth Rapier, Sam Almaguer, Sharon Kuster, John Carroll Claude Debussy [1862-1918] Sonata in D Minor for cello & piano (1911) —Tony Ross, Jeffrey Sykes Georges Auric [1899-1983] Trio for oboe, clarinet & bassoon (1938) —Rong-Huey Liu, Sam Almaguer, Sharon Kuster Francis Poulenc [1899-1963] Le bal masqué for baritone, piano, violin, cello, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, percussion (1932) —Jeffrey Sykes, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Tony Ross, Rong-Huey Liu, Sam Almaguer, Sharon Kuster, John Carroll, Sherry Rubins
  • Program 4: Firecracker Finale

    Thursday, July 14, New Braunfels • McKenna Event Center – 7 pm
Saturday, July 16, San Antonio • Coker United Methodist Church – 7 pm
Sunday, July 17, Boerne • First United Methodist Church – 2 pm
 Francis Poulenc [1899-1963] Sonata for flute & piano (1957) —Stephanie Jutt, Wayne Ching Gian Carlo Menotti [1911-2007] Suite for two cellos & piano (1973) [originally performed 2004 season] —Beth Rapier, Tony Ross, Jeffrey Sykes Michael Daugherty [b. 1954] Firecracker for solo oboe, flt/picc, bass clarinet, vln, cello, perc, piano (1991) —Rong-Huey Liu, Stephanie Jutt, Sam Almaguer, Eric Gratz, Beth Rapier, Sherry Rubins, Wayne Ching Béla Bartók [1881-1945] Contrasts for piano, violin & clarinet (1938) [originally performed 1999 season] —Wayne Ching, Eric Gratz, Sam Almaguer Kevin Puts [b. 1972] Quintet for baritone, piano, violin, flute & cello (2015) —Timothy Jones, Jeffrey Sykes, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Stephanie Jutt, Tony Ross

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