The San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio, Texas, is a city that appreciates music. Twenty six ethnic groups settled in San Antonio during the 18th century, and they brought their music traditions with them. Spaniards, Germans, French, Norwegians, Swedes, Italians…. the list goes on. Indeed, it is said that you don’t need to travel around the world to encounter all the world’s cultures, you just need to travel to San Antonio – where you should stay in San Antonio bed and breakfasts.

Manuel Barrueco. Photo by Stephen Spartana

The San Antonio Symphony does a tremendous job presenting a variety of musical influences and styles. One upcoming event that should not be missed takes place February 12 and 13, 2010, at the Majestic Theatre: Concierto de Aranjuez. David Angus will conduct, and Manuel Barrueco will take center stage on guitar.

The Concierto de Aranjuez was created by JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo in 1939, and it premiered in Spain a year later. It was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez (built in the 16th century by Philip II); indeed, Rodrigo wanted to evoke “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” that were in the gardens. Surely he succeeded, for Rodrigo is one of the most esteemed Spanish composers of the 20th century.

The work will be in the skilled hands of Manuel Barrueco, who is considered one of the most important guitarists working today. He is a “superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.”

February 12, 2010, marks the start of the long President’s Day Weekend, which also happens to include Valentine’s Day. In short, it is an ideal time to visit bed and breakfasts San Antonia. Go to the symphony. Walk the San Antonio River Walk. Try a new restaurant every day. You deserve it.

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