Berlioz and Barzun

May 15, 2012
7:00 pm  to 8:10 pm


When:             Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Where:            Majestic Theatre

Tickets:         Tickets are free and are available at the Symphony Box Office, Majestic Theatre Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010. Tickets are also available at the Majestic Theatre on the day of the performance.

The San Antonio Symphony and Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing will present a free concert called BERLIOZ AND BARZUN at the Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m., in honor of Dr. Jacques Barzun. The concert will feature music by Hector Berlioz, a composer that Dr. Barzun is the preeminent scholar. The concert will last approximately one hour and 10 minutes and the doors open at 6 p.m.. Advance tickets are available from the Symphony offices and the Majestic Theatre Box Office. This free concert is made possible by a generous gift from Charles Butt. Tuesdays after 5 p.m. parking is free downtown in city-run parking lots, including the garage onTravis Street, just east of St. Mary’s.

San Antonio resident Dr. Jacques Barzun (born November 30, 1907) is a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He has written on a wide range of topics, but is perhaps best known as a philosopher of education. His Teacher in America (1945) was a strong influence on post-WWII training of schoolteachers in the United States. Barzun has written and edited more than forty books touching on an unusually broad range of subjects, including Classical music, science, medicine, psychiatry and art. He is one of the all-time authorities on the music of Hector Berlioz. In addition to his well-known writings on culture and philosophy, Dr. Barzun’s interests include detective fiction and baseball. At 84 years of age, he began writing From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present. Historians, literary critics, and popular reviewers all lauded it as a sweeping and powerful survey of modern Western history, and it became a New York Times bestseller. In 2003, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and on March 2, 2011, Barzun was awarded the 2010 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.


The concert will include a brief presentation about the life of Dr. Barzun, written by Michael Nye. The symphonic music, all by Berlioz, will be:

Overture : Le Carnaval romain

Roméo et Juliette: Deuxième partie

I. Roméo seul. – Tristesse – Bruits lointains de concert et bal – Grande Fête chez Capulet

II. Nuit sereine – Le Jardin de Capulet, silencieux et désert

III. Scherzo: La Reine Mab, ou la fée des songes

from Tristia, Op. 18

III. Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d’Hamlet


Performing on the final work will be a chorus consisting of members from the UTSA Choir and the Trinity University Choir. John Silantien and Gary Mabry direct the UTSA Choir and Gary Seighman directs the Trinity University Choir.