Writer and humorist Will Rogers once proclaimed that San Antonio was “one of the three unique cities of America,” and now, some 90 years later, a national publication launched by media icon Arianna Huffington has given the Alamo City more contemporary praise. The Huffington Post has identified San Antonio as one of America’s five “Secretly Cool Cities.” San Antonio ranks No. 3 on the cool cities list.
The San Antonio Symphony on Friday night continued its tradition of bringing the world’s best talents to the city’s stages by presenting cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a sumptuous, emotionally moving account of Antonín Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. Yo-Yo Ma joins the list of recent appearances here, which includes performances by soprano Renée Fleming, pianist Lang Lang and violinists Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman for concerts with the orchestra and recitals.
Starting his sixth season as San Antonio Symphony music director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing clearly has made the orchestra his creation more than ever. This was abundantly clear throughout Friday night's classical series opener featuring Ludwig van Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony. The orchestral colors, the balances between the instrument sections, the shaping of the melodic arches, the driven pacings and the soft-to-loud dynamics were fabulous.