Candela Estudio specializes in dances that invigorate. The schedule sends students through a whirlwind of morning Dance Jams—Latin- and pop-music-driven sessions—belly-dancing classes, and Zumba workouts held four days a week. Specially designed Fogoxe classes immerse dancers in a party atmosphere with energetic beats from musicians from around the world. Youth dance classes teach basic jazz and hip-hop techniques such as interpretive movement and breaking. Candela Estudio can also choreograph dances for special events and hone dancers’ abilities to distinguish between left and right in private ballroom lessons.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club corrals both burgeoning and established comedic acts to light up the stage inside its comfy confines. September 12¬–16 ushers in Mike Britt , who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Def Comedy Jam, and Comedy Central. Britt traverses the stage confidently , expounding on greeting cards, marriage, and the differences between men and women to hilarious effect. Ali Wong closes out the month with sets on September 27–30. The San Francisco native, dubbed by Comedy Central as one of seven “Comics to Watch,” uses acting chops honed from stints on Fox’s Breaking In and in Oliver Stone’s Savages to deliver zingers about receiving gifts from a significant other. Gary DeLena takes over October 24–28 with sets accented by his booming singing voice . DeLena, a veteran comic and musician , intermixes parodies of songs, such as Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” with self-deprecating jokes about being a soccer dad.
Founded by cellist Kenneth Freudigman and violist Emily Watkins Freudigman in 2004, Camerata San Antonio brings together a symphonic roster composed of several of the San Antonio Symphony's principal players and more than a few internationally recognized musicians. More than a dozen acclaimed artists might be on-call for a concert during any given season, and the entourage's diverse concert schedule consequently offers plenty of strikingly different small-ensemble performances.
Anya Grokhovski has always surrounded herself with music. The daughter of a violinist in the Moscow Philharmonic as well as a doctorate-holding piano performer in her own right, she came to San Antonio to work in UTSA's music department. She brought the music she loved with her—she founded Musical Bridges Around the World to present unique sonic offerings in the city.
Now, more than a decade later, MBAW brings some of the world's finest performers to San Antonio stages. Their concerts and shows ring out in McAllister Auditorium, the 18th-century Cathedral of San Fernando, and in the ears of anyone who truly believes.
The Tuesday Musical Club has corralled accomplished musicians to celebrate the art of music and stretch appreciation throughout the community for more than a century. During the annual Artist Series, four classical concerts punctuate the year, with past performers such as Isaac Stern, Arcadi Volodos, and Angelika Kirchschlager. In addition to introducing concertgoers to world-renowned musicians, the club showers special attention upon young performers, offering up a Young Artists Competition and a Junior Tuesday Musical Club, which fosters an early appreciation for complex arrangements and teaches young ones why some songs are better without artistic direction from Jay-Z.
Although symphonic concerts could be heard in San Antonio all the way back in the 1880s, the formation of the San Antonio Symphony—the city's first formal orchestra—didn't happen until 1939. It was then that Max Reiter, a native of Italy, was forced from his career and home by a freshly established anti-Semitic policy. Reiter boarded a ship for New York, found the city teeming with exiled musicians like himself, and therefore purchased a train ticket to the South. There, San Antonio's leaders invited Reiter to conduct a demonstration concert for a crowd of 2,500. The success of that initial impression led to the formal founding of the Symphony and an inaugural concert just five months later. Today, Sebastian Lang-Lessing stands where Reiter once stood, leading a full ensemble of 75 musicians with a baton hand honed across the globe.