Classical Music in San Antonio

I have long been a lover of classical music.  I want to share that passion with my girls and hope to inspire them to learn to play an instrument.  Personally, I’m partial to strings and fell in love with the violin during the two years I played in elementary school.  The program ended in 5th grade and I stopped playing but I kept my violin in hopes that someday if I had a child they would have the opportunity to play it.

My Elementary School Days Playing the Violin.
My Elementary School Days Playing the Violin.

Fast-forward many years later and I am now the mother of two little girls.  My oldest is five and my youngest a few months away from two.  They LOVE music.  We have made music part of their lives with special compilations of songs that range from international lullabies to house music. While the TV is not frequently on as background noise our Satellite radio is.  We hope to inspire that love of music into a love of an instrument so needless to say we were super excited when we found out about Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA)

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On May 6th, we attended YOSA’s Philharmonic Concert, Fate and Redemption, that featured the winner of it’s annual concerto competition at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium.  We got a sneak peak and saw our daughter’s excitement when she got to play the Timpani. We really enjoyed the concert and were in awe of the talent on that stage.  She enjoyed the concert (paid attention) and was excited that these were kids playing the music.  She also asked if she could be on stage next time.  Our response: “Well of course if you practice and play an instrument well enough to be part of this symphony.” 🙂 Score!!!

 

YOSA_Fall_2012-1419forwebI highly encourage you to attend a concert and visit YOSA.org for more info on their programs.

Win a Family Four-Pack of Tickets

On that note… if you’d like to expose your children to classical music and orchestra instruments you have an opportunity this Sunday, May 19th.  The San Antonio Symphony will hold an instrument petting zoo before their concert Columbus and his Musical Voyages. Every season, Symphony musicians put on an Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) for kids starting an hour before each of our four Family Series concerts. These Zoos offer children of all ages a unique opportunity to try out and play a variety of orchestral instruments under the guidance of master musicians. There is no additional charge for entrance to the IPZ and other pre-concert activities beyond the cost of tickets to the same day’s Family Concert. Click here from more information about the 2012-2013 Family Concerts

Enjoy vivid music inspired by Spain’s rich culture as we follow Columbus on his epic voyage to the New World. Come witness the unforgettable culmination of the Symphony’s popular Paint to Music Contest featuring a special showcase of children’s visual artwork during a performance of the very works that inspired them! This program will also feature a collaboration with the Grand Prize Winner of the Symphony’s annual Future Stars Competition, oboist Katarina Chavez of Johnson High School.

Single Tickets: adults $16 and children $8. Call (210) 554-1010 to order, order online, purchase at the box office on performance day, or better yet WIN FOUR TICKETS HERE.

The Paint to Music Contest and the Future Stars Competition are made possible by the San Antonio Symphony League.

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UPDATE: WINNER is comment #1. Evita Puente

Winner will be chosen at 4 PM Central Time on Friday, May 17th.  Just leave a comment stating why you’d like to attend.  Winner will be contact by email by 5 pm on Friday.

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