Tito Muñoz, acclaimed music director of The Phoenix Symphony, will lead the San Antonio Philharmonic in the orchestra’s fifth concert program of the 2022-2023 season on Jan. 13 and 14.
In the same concert, Itzhak Perlman protégé Randall Goosby will perform Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Violin Concerto.
Concerts are on January 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts take place at First Baptist Church, 515 McCullough Ave. Tickets, $30 to $65, are available at the door and at SAphil.org.
Keeping the energy high, the Philharmonic will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Buxtehude’s Chaconne in E Minor, reimagined in a colorful orchestration by the dean of Mexican composers, Carlos Chavez.
“The spring 2023 portion of our inaugural season spotlights established and emerging conductors and soloists of color,” said Brian Petkovich, president of the Philharmonic. “It’s an honor to have Tito Munoz and Randall Goosby perform together in San Antonio. The concert will introduce two great artists and create a memorable concert.”
Praised for his versatility, technical clarity, and keen musical insight, Tito Muñoz is internationally recognized as one of the most gifted conductors on the podium today. Now in his seventh season as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony, Muñoz previously served as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France. He also has held positions with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival, and led collaborations with the Joffrey Ballet, including the orchestra’s first staged performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Muñoz, a first-generation Ecuadorian born in New York City, has appeared with many of the most prominent orchestras in North America and maintains a strong international conducting presence.
Signed to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, Randall Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine. At age 13, he performed with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert and became the youngest recipient ever to win the Sphinx Concerto Competition, among other early accolades. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he continues his studies there under Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. He has performed with orchestras across the country and in London.
In June 2021, Decca released his debut album, “Roots,” which explores the evolution of African-American music. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Goosby pays homage to the pioneering artists who paved the way for him and other artists of color.
Goosby plays a 1735 Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu on loan from the Stradivari Society.
The San Antonio Philharmonic launched with classical concerts on September 16 and 17 in 2022. It was created by musicians of the former San Antonio Symphony to provide high-quality orchestral performances and educational opportunities that reflect San Antonio’s beautiful history, diversity, and culture.
As a core belief among the orchestra’s founders, 40 percent of all concerts (36 in total) are free-admission Young People’s Concert performances performed at nine local high school auditoriums this season, bringing the music directly into students’ communities.
For further information, see SAphil.org.
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