Daniel Hsu, Concert Pianist, Bronze Medalist From The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

September 17, 2017

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Daniel Hsu
Concert Pianist

Bronze Medalist From The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” Daniel Hsu is a fast-rising pianist who was recently named the bronze medalist at the 15th Van Cliburn international piano competition.

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Christopher McGuire / Allegro Trio, Classical Guitarists

October 15, 2017

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Christopher McGuire / Allegro Trio
Classical Guitarists

American guitarist Christopher McGuire commands the many expressive qualities of the guitar with what one critic called “unselfconscious intensity.” His engaging performance style invites people of all ages to feel they are taking part, not just taking a seat. Audiences and critics on five continents fulfill the prediction by Andrés Segovia that “…he will be appreciated and applauded everywhere.” In his 1981 letter of recommendation, Segovia also said he is “…an artist, sensitive, with perfect technique.” His direct influences are as varied as they come, ranging from private lessons with Maestro Segovia to jam sessions with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Has performed with some of the great musicians of our time, including Charlie Byrd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Roland Dyens, Carlos Bonell, Karin Schaupp, Robert Guthrie, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist José Feghali and violinist Swang Lin. In October of 2005 Chris shared the stage with the legendary Van Cliburn in a tribute concert for Fort Worth philanthropist Roz Rosenthal. He is currently Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society (FWCGS) and the Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas (AGSD).

Ashu, Saxophone

November 19, 2017

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Ashu
Saxophone

The young concert saxophonist Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences through his charismatic and emotive performance style. He has defied conventions winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. While his astonishing virtuosity thrills listeners, his artistry reaches far beyond this demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. Critics have described him as “just as much fun to watch as to listen to” (Dallas Morning News) and “ready to cultivate the masses” (Chicago Tribune).

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, ROCO Brass Quintet

January 21, 2018

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River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
ROCO Brass Quintet

ROCO is a Houston-based professional chamber orchestra known for its wide repertoire and engaging performances.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 select musicians, distinguished conductors, and famous composers, who come together from all over the world to present creative collaborations of well-known, lesser known and contemporary classical music.

Kenari Saxophone Quartet, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone

February 18, 2018

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Kenari Saxophone Quartet
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone

Formed in 2012 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the award-winning Kenari Quartet has taken pride in delivering engaging performances through creative programming and compelling stage presence. The versatility of the saxophone is integral to the quartet and the present music from a wide range of genres that is well informed by all periods of classical music as well as jazz, soul, and other genres. The group has earned top prizes at the M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, Chesapeake Bay International Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.

Scott Cuellar, The 2016 SAIPC Gold Medal Winner

March 18, 2018

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Scott Cuellar
The 2016 SAIPC Gold Medal Winner

Mr. Cuellar is the 1st place winner in the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition where he also took the award for Best Performance of a Russian Composer. 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and 2nd place in the concerto division, and was the winner of the Krenek Prize for the best performance of a sonata by Ernst Krenek. He was a semifinalist in the Honens Piano Competition, and was a prizewinner in the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition and the Crescendo Music Awards.

The Marksmen, San Antonio’s Premier Men’s A Cappella Group

April 15, 2018

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The Marksmen
San Antonio’s Premier Men’s A Cappella Group

We consider The Marcsmen to be a musical brotherhood. Sure, we love to sing and strive to make each other the best musicians we can be, but at the same time, we love to socialize. Whether it’s playing basketball, going out to dinner after rehearsal and singing tags in the parking lot until the wee hours or the morning, or ribbing each other in our discussion groups, we have fun together. Of course, that extends to all of our families as well, whom we consider to be just as much a part of the group as the actual members. Our members come from all walks of life at a variety of ages as young as 13 and as old as in their 70’s, from all parts of the South Texas region.

Kay & Friends Ensemble

May 20, 2018

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Kay & Friends
Ensemble

For three decades, the Kay and Friends Ensemble has delighted audiences in Texas and Europe. Choosing not to be defined by any particular style, the group plays music they love and enjoy. A fan writes, Kay & Friends easy-going style and their longtime friendships and affection for each other are palpable. Their engaging on-stage intimacy with their audience is vibrant and fun. One selection will touch your heart and evoke tender memories, and the next piece will make you laugh and tap your feet.

Apollo Chamber Players, Strings

October 16,  2016

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Apollo Chamber Players
Strings

The Apollo Chamber Players is a non-profit chamber music organization that explores the intersection of classical and folk music and provides exciting, innovative and culturally enriching programs to a wide audience. While illuminating the unique folk sounds and styles imbued in classical composers’ works, Apollo discovers and recreates lost, rarely heard, and culturally significant folk music through well-crafted arrangements and commissions for chamber ensembles.