Brett A. Richardson | Conductor and Artistic Director
May 11, 2021 | 7:30 PM CST
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Learn about San Antonio's newest chamber ensemble.
The San Antonio Harmonie Ensemble (SAHarmonie) is a group of like-minded musicians with a passion for performing chamber music at the highest level. All of the performers and conductors call San Antonio home and are proud to share their talents with the Alamo City.
SAHarmonie, Fall 2019
What is Harmoniemusik?
Harmonie is a German word that, in the context of the history of music, designates an ensemble of wind instruments (usually about five to eight players) employed by an aristocratic patron, particularly during the Classical era of the 18th century. The Harmonie would be employed for outdoor or recreational music, or as a wind section of an orchestra. Music composed for Harmonie is often called Harmoniemusik.
- Roger Hellyer, Grove Music, 2006
There is a reason for every piece we program.
The San Antonio Harmonie Ensemble selects repertoire using a carefully crafted programming philosophy.
SA Harmonie will perform:
Works originally written for the traditional Harmoniemusik ensemble of two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns
Transcriptions of larger pieces for chamber groups (i.e., opera overtures, newer arrangements, etc.)
Works featuring instruments added to the core eight performers (i.e.,“harmonie plus”)
New or experimental repertoire for chamber groups written in the 20th or 21st centuries
Works written by composers of under-represented populations, races, ages, and gender identities
Concerti featuring SA Harmonie personnel