Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theatre. For $18, you get one ticket for general admission (up to a $36.30 value). Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose between the following concerts on a Sunday at 3 p.m.:
In the midst of this season’s Brahms Festival, the San Antonio Symphony celebrates Johannes Brahms’ genius with a pair of Sunday concerts, each devoted to one of his cherished symphonies. Each 70-minute concert gets audiences better acquainted with the famed composer with stage demonstrations and video close-ups, along with a complete symphony performance. Symphony No. 2 takes on a joyous, bright tone from the first movement, even though Brahms, the eternal jokester, wrote to his publisher that the piece was “so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it,” singlehandedly founding the institution of irony. Symphony No. 4, on the other hand, opens with an enigmatic theme that builds as interweaving instruments perform the same descending scale.
San Antonio Symphony
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.