Cactus Pear Music Festival

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In a Nutshell

For its 19th year, the classical-music festival presents five distinct programs in four cities, spanning from Copland to Tchaikovsky

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of event for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $12 for one general-admission ticket to a performance at the Cactus Pear Music Festival (up to $25 value)
  • When: select dates, July 9–18
  • Where: venues throughout San Antonio and the Hill Country; see the schedule for details
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click to view the festival’s lineup and schedule

Program Highlights

  • L’Chaim | To Life! (July 11): sonatas, dances, and concertinas from renowned Jewish composers including Irving Schlein, Felix Mendelssohn, and Aaron Copland
  • Brazil or Bust (July 12): a Brazilian guitar quartet presents a one-of-a-kind concert featuring both traditional and contemporary Brazilian compositions
  • Bella Italia (July 18): Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Giuseppe Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence fill the festival’s finale with a melodic Italian flourish

Cactus Pear Music Festival

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio has classical music in her blood and passion for chamber music in her veins. The former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony comes from a long line of professional classical musicians. One summer evening in 1996, Stephanie was feeling at a musical loss during the symphony's seasonal summer hiatus when inspiration struck: why not start a new summer music festival that would fill the gap when the symphony was off for the summer? Going strong more than 20 years later, the Cactus Pear Music Festival sprawls out with five concert programs scheduled in four cities over the course of two weeks.


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