2018 Alamo Baroque Festival Kicks off San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebration

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host a week of free performances by international guest artists, workshops and instruction. The Inaugural Early Music event will feature international artists and is free to attend.

Much of this early music was performed when San Antonio was founded in 1718.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, a downtown landmark, has a 26-year history of providing free concerts to the city of San Antonio. Expanding musical offerings by partnering with other respected institutions is now making possible a 6-day festival with an emphasis on musical education and outreach.

As the San Antonio Tricentennial milestone approached, Dr. Richard Butler, a member of St. Mark's Episcopal church and an early music enthusiast, provided the vision and underwriting to establish a permanent early music presence in San Antonio. That vision became the Alamo Baroque Festival.
http://www.AlamoBaroqueFestival.org

“Much of this early music was performed when San Antonio was founded in 1718,” said Butler, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Trinity University and a congregant of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Our neighbors Austin, Dallas and Houston have started early music festivals and the time is right for San Antonio.”

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host the festival January 8-13, 2018. It is an official Tricentennial celebration event.

“Music written hundreds of years ago can sound as fresh and alive today as when it was first heard,” said Dr. Joseph Causby, Organist/Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Recorders, baroque violins and trumpets, harpsichords, and viola da gamba excite the senses now as they did centuries ago.”

The Alamo Baroque Festival will increase public awareness of the richness and variety of classical music before 1750, create opportunities for the performance of this repertoire, and educate musicians of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities in the techniques appropriate to early music.

“We have the best of the best performing,” adds Causby. “The public performances, master classes, and private instruction are free and open to all.”

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On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Trinity University will host a panel discussion with festival guest artists. Texas Public Radio’s Nathan Cone will moderate a talk on why baroque music is relevant, career highlights of Festival faculty, classic music in a 21st century world, and the future of early music in San Antonio.

What: Alamo Baroque Festival presented by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

  • Free public performances, master classes, and private instruction (by audition)
  • The Alamo Baroque Festival covers the large historical span of early music in all of its forms, presenting ensembles that are part of a movement that has swept the world of classical music: historically informed performances of vocal instrument and chamber music, from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, using period instruments.
  • For a schedule of events, go to http://www.AlamoBaroqueFestival.org

When: January 8-13, 2018

Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church located at 315 E. Pecan Street 78205

Who:    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, The Royal Academy of Music (London), Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, Trinity University, and The University of Texas at San Antonio

Contact: Joseph Causby, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 210-226-2425,
jcausby(at)stmarks-sa(dot)org

Artists: Alamo Baroque Festival Faculty:

        Margaret Faultless, Baroque Violin
        http://www.mus.cam.ac.uk/directory/maggie-faultless

        Elisabeth Reed, Gamba and Baroque Cello
        http://music.berkeley.edu/people/elisabeth-reed-2/

        Jacqueline Horner, Soprano
        http://www.jacquelinehorner.com

        Robin Tyson, Countertenor
        http://www.epamartists.com

        Paul Phoenix, Tenor
        http://www.purplevocals.com

        Alex Ashworth, Bass
        http://www.alexashworth.com

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church promotes sacred music, bringing guest musicians into the community and underwriting special musical events. Now in our 25th year of bringing music to the wider San Antonio community, St. Mark's brings together the choirs of St. Mark’s with partner organizations to offer free concerts for the benefit of all. http://www.stmarks-sa.org

St. Mark's Core Vocation:
Feeding San Antonio with the Bread of Life

  • Feeding the hungry with real food
  • Feeding those who are hungry for knowledge and meaning
  • Feeding those who are hungry for beauty and creativity

2018 Alamo Baroque Festival Schedule
(All events are free to attend.)

For questions on schedule, please contact Dina Aboul Saad at dsaad(at)stmarks-sa(dot)org or go to http://www.AlamoBaroqueFestival.org

Dates below are January 2018:

Monday, January 8, 10:00 a.m.to 12 p.m.
Open Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra. (Members of the San Antonio symphony and university students.)

Monday, January 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Open Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra. (Members of the San Antonio symphony and university students.)

Monday, January 8, 5:30 p.m.
Private instruction: Vocal Faculty work with Children's Chorus of San Antonio at St. David’s Episcopal Church

Monday, January 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Private instruction: String Faculty offer private and group instruction at St. Mark’s. This includes "Intro to the Viol Consort." Register here to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Private instruction: String and Voice Faculty offer private and group instruction at St. Mark’s. Register here to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, January 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Public Master Class for voice and strings.
Register here to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, January 10, 10:30 a.m.
Public Concert: Festival faculty in Alamo Plaza

Wednesday, January 10, 1:30 p.m.
Working with budding musicians at David Crockett Elementary School: Festival Faculty performance and Q&A

Wednesday, January 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Open Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra. (Members of the San Antonio symphony and university students.)

Wednesday, January 10, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Open Rehearsal with Baroque Orchestra and Choir at St. Mark's.

Thursday, January 11, 11:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion at Trinity University: Join us for a panel discussion with our guest artists and Dr Richard Butler. Nathan Cone of Texas Public Radio will moderate. Topics of discussion include why baroque music is relevant, career highlights of Festival Faculty, classical music in a 21st century world, the future of early music in San Antonio. Free and open to the public. Location on Trinity campus TBA.

Thursday, January 11, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Faculty Concert at St. Mark's: A World Tour of the Baroque complete with repertoire from England, France, Germany, Spain including verbal program notes from Faculty. Free Public Concert and Parking. Official Tricentennial Event.

Friday, January 12, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Private: Dress Rehearsal for Saturday Concert with Orchestra and Choir.

Saturday, January 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Concert Finale: Repertoire includes Zadok the Priest (G. F. Handel), Welcome to All Pleasures (Henry Purcell), and Dixit Dominus (Handel). Free Public Concert and Parking. Official Tricentennial Event.

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