Classical Music Institute

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1/14/2020!!
A little bit of kismet this morning, listened to the first episode of the podcast ‘Decomposed’ driving Alexander to CMI camp and the first episode’s subject is Clara Schumann, composer of the first trio we heard last night at the concert. Sharing here in case any parents want to share with their kids, it’s a great episode.

I created this campaign to raise funds to complete the video of the world premiere of my Symphony No. 1 "La Palma Real" and the Cuban premiere of my mentor Aurelio de la Vega's "Intrata," by the National Symphony of Cuba, conducted by Enrique Pérez Mesa.

The video will be available for FREE to anyone who wants to see it online (YouTube and Facebook). The funds will be use to pay for the costs related to the production of the video, including the filming, editing hours, color correction, audio sweeting, and publishing.

Thanks to the generous donation of a good friend, I was able to cover the cost of the first movement of my Symphony No. 1 -which can be seen on Youtube here: La Palma Real for free, but, I still have 28 more minutes to finish the entire project, containing both works: Aurelio's "Intrata" and my Symphony No. 1 "La Palma Real."

I will be personally very grateful to all those who can help me to complete the production of this video, which will be available online for free. Please, remember that our civilization encompasses many angles, but one of them is the necessity of helping the arts in all its forms.

Thankfully,
Yalil Guerra

This is part 5 of our series on award winning wind ensemble Windsync
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Established as the education program of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, CMI debuted in summer 2016. CMI provides classical music education to Bexar County's youth during a two-week program, as well as year-long outreach and continuing education.

Donald Mason - Executive Director
Paul Montalvo - Artistic Director

Operating as usual

09/16/2021

Francisco Fullana, CMI's Concertmaster, will be making his debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this weekend in their 2021-2022 Season opener. Be sure to catch this exciting performance!

Performing arts groups announce new seasons amid delta variant surge 08/31/2021

Performing arts groups announce new seasons amid delta variant surge

Thanks to Nicholas Frank and the San Antonio Report for sharing this story about the arts coming back in San Antonio! #CMIeverywhere

Performing arts groups announce new seasons amid delta variant surge San Antonio arts organizations have announced their 2021-22 performance seasons with full schedules of live, in-person events.

08/30/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Concerto Symphonique, by Ernest Bloch, courtesy of Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France, featuring Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor, and Catherine Cournot, piano. https://youtu.be/0IX46ph9qok #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Concerto Symphonique, by Ernest Bloch, courtesy of Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France, featuring Leonardo García Alarcón, conductor, and Catherine Cournot, piano. https://youtu.be/0IX46ph9qok #MMM #CMIeverywhere

08/29/2021

CMI JOY bringing J-O-Y to the Tobin Center. The audience is loving their performance! #CMIJOY #CMIeverywhere

Classical Music Institute updated their information in their About section. 08/26/2021

Classical Music Institute updated their information in their About section.

Classical Music Institute updated their information in their About section.

Timeline Photos 08/25/2021

We’re wishing all students an amazing and safe school year! This summer, our Ascend Summer Program was able to bring students back in person to learn and perform together!

Check out the link in our bio for more information about Ascend and its Artist Faculty. 🎶

We’re wishing all students an amazing and safe school year! This summer, our Ascend Summer Program was able to bring students back in person to learn and perform together!

Check out the link in our bio for more information about Ascend and its Artist Faculty. 🎶

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 08/24/2021

Summer has seen all sorts of weather patterns this year, but we still can’t get enough of Vivaldi’s Summer!

Check out some recap snaps of this year’s summer concert with up and coming Conductor Leonardo Piñeda at the helm! This here was CMI’s and Leonardo’s debut performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts grand H-E-B Hall! What a night that was!

How have you spent the summer this year? Let us know below 👇

08/23/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: El Salón México, by Aaron Copland, courtesy of the New York Philharmonic, featuring Aaron Copland, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj-98yBfEI0 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: El Salón México, by Aaron Copland, courtesy of the New York Philharmonic, featuring Aaron Copland, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj-98yBfEI0 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

Timeline Photos 08/23/2021

Happy Monday! We hope your week starts as calm and collected as maestro Wayne on the keys! 🎹

Waiting to see what’s on our next concert season? Be on the 👀 for our official announcement THIS Thursday! (Hint: It’ll be unforgettable.)

Happy Monday! We hope your week starts as calm and collected as maestro Wayne on the keys! 🎹

Waiting to see what’s on our next concert season? Be on the 👀 for our official announcement THIS Thursday! (Hint: It’ll be unforgettable.)

08/16/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: The Turing Test (opera), by Julian Wagstaff, courtesy of Edinburgh Studio Opera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSN94RXfcmM #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: The Turing Test (opera), by Julian Wagstaff, courtesy of Edinburgh Studio Opera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSN94RXfcmM #MMM #CMIeverywhere

08/09/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Overture from Béatrice et Bénédict, by Hector Berlioz, courtesy of Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Mikko Franck, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxCNTyw8SQA #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Overture from Béatrice et Bénédict, by Hector Berlioz, courtesy of Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Mikko Franck, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxCNTyw8SQA #MMM #CMIeverywhere

08/02/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, by Heitor Villa-Lobos, courtesy of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, featuring Barbara Hannigan, soprano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUCuEd1tjCg #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, by Heitor Villa-Lobos, courtesy of the Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, featuring Barbara Hannigan, soprano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUCuEd1tjCg #MMM #CMIeverywhere

CMI PRESENTS: Infinite Roots 07/30/2021

CMI PRESENTS: Infinite Roots

Watch out June 26 Concert FREE! Tonight is the LIVE Premiere on YouTube and will be available afterwards to watch and enjoy on your own time. We hope you join us! #CMIeverywhere

CMI PRESENTS: Infinite Roots CMI Chamber OrchestraLeonardo Pineda, conductor*Daniela Diaz, violinFrancisco Fullana, violinClarice Assad ImpressionsAstor Piazzolla/Leonid Desyatnikov ...

07/26/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Parsifal – Prelude to Act I, by Richard Wagner, courtesy of The Orchestre National de France, featuring Alain Altinoglu, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBkv26_Php8 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Parsifal – Prelude to Act I, by Richard Wagner, courtesy of The Orchestre National de France, featuring Alain Altinoglu, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBkv26_Php8 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

CMI PRESENTS: Symmetry of Time 07/23/2021

CMI PRESENTS: Symmetry of Time

Tune in at 6PM (CST) tonight for the YouTube Premiere of our June 12 Concert - Symmetry Of Time.

This concert is full of debuts! CMI Chamber Orchestra makes their debut in the H-E-B Performance Hall. CMI JOY (Junior Orchestra for Youth) also makes their first public appearance as a group. Leonardo Pineda takes the podium to conduct both CMI JOY and the Chamber Orchestra for his CMI conducting debut.

Enjoy and spread the word of CMI! #CMIeverywhere

CMI PRESENTS: Symmetry of Time CMI PRESENTS: Symmetry of TimePerformed at The Tobin Center for The Performing Arts on June 12th, 2021Introducing:CMI Chamber OrchestraLeonardo Pineda, condu...

07/19/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Concierto Argentino by Alberto Ginastera, courtesy of the UNCuyo Mendoza Symphony Orchestra, featuring David Handel, Music Director. 
https://youtu.be/peZSTpihvj8 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Concierto Argentino by Alberto Ginastera, courtesy of the UNCuyo Mendoza Symphony Orchestra, featuring David Handel, Music Director. 
https://youtu.be/peZSTpihvj8 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

Defying Obviously Long Odds, A Music Garden For Kids Is Blossoming | Classical Voice North America 07/17/2021

Defying Obviously Long Odds, A Music Garden For Kids Is Blossoming | Classical Voice North America

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Mike Greenberg for this in-depth and heartfelt article. Thank you, Mike!

Defying Obviously Long Odds, A Music Garden For Kids Is Blossoming | Classical Voice North America SAN ANTONIO, Tex.– From a career firefighter’s dream to establish a professional chamber orchestra has emerged a vigorous youth training program based on Venezuela's El Sistema – and out of that a fully fledged chamber ensemble.

CMI Presents: To Music! 07/16/2021

CMI Presents: To Music!

We're sharing our three Livestreamed concerts from the Harmonious Power 2021 Season, every Friday this month, starting today with the first concert, To Music! Enjoy our return to the stage after a 14 month absence. #CMIeverywhere
#ToMusic
#HarmoniousPower

CMI Presents: To Music! CMI Livestream of April 3rd Concert - To Music! - Performed in the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater at The Tobin Center for The Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX...

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 07/12/2021

MMM returns with a double!

For the July 5 MMM listening suggestion: Three Pieces for David by Steven Stucky, courtesy of Orchestra 2001, featuring James Freeman, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NOAo4nWcKM 

For the July 12 MMM listening suggestion: George White’s Scandals by George Gershwin, featuring Alan Durman, piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUAaW4c3d8Y #MMM #CMIeverywhere

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 07/01/2021

We are still on a high from the last two weeks of our Ascend Summer Education Program!

More photos to come!

In the meantime, tell us something good that has happened to you this summer?

06/30/2021

Thanks to the Classics For Kids grant, we are able to gift this beautiful instrument and bring some CMI JOY to Lena's day! #ClassicsForKids #EdgewoodISD #CMIeverywhere #AllAboutThatBass

Thanks to the Classics For Kids grant, we are able to gift this beautiful instrument and bring some CMI JOY to Lena's day! #ClassicsForKids #EdgewoodISD #CMIeverywhere #AllAboutThatBass

06/28/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Plink, Plank, Plunk!, by Leroy Anderson, courtesy of Portland Youth Philharmonic, featuring David Hattner, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsx8EPZ4pk #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Plink, Plank, Plunk!, by Leroy Anderson, courtesy of Portland Youth Philharmonic, featuring David Hattner, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsx8EPZ4pk #MMM #CMIeverywhere

06/22/2021

Our last concert of the season is this Saturday, June 26 at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre at the Tobin Center! We hope you join us in person to experience an incredible performance, including a World Premiere of Partina Latina from Edna Longoria. If you cannot be with us in person, join us for the livestream. Register in advance at: classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com. #CMIeverywhere

Our last concert of the season is this Saturday, June 26 at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theatre at the Tobin Center! We hope you join us in person to experience an incredible performance, including a World Premiere of Partina Latina from Edna Longoria. If you cannot be with us in person, join us for the livestream. Register in advance at: classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com. #CMIeverywhere

06/21/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: "Tod und Verklärung" (Death and Transfiguration) by Richard Strauss, courtesy of Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, featuring David Zinman, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D5Up1aYJJs #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: "Tod und Verklärung" (Death and Transfiguration) by Richard Strauss, courtesy of Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, featuring David Zinman, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D5Up1aYJJs #MMM #CMIeverywhere

[06/17/21]   Tune into KPAC 88.3 Texas Public Radio today at 1pm with Barry Brake on Classical Connections to hear more about CMI Ascend and the Summer Concert Series! #CMIeverywhere #KPAC

06/14/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Short Ride in a Fast Machine, by John Adams, courtesy of Oslo Philharmonic, featuring Eirik Raude, solo percussion, and Rolf Gupta, conductor. https://youtu.be/6xqXaHqCMrg #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Short Ride in a Fast Machine, by John Adams, courtesy of Oslo Philharmonic, featuring Eirik Raude, solo percussion, and Rolf Gupta, conductor. https://youtu.be/6xqXaHqCMrg #MMM #CMIeverywhere

06/12/2021

Sneak peek of the show tonight. Wonderful hearing how the pieces have come together this week and we are all excited to share with you! Tickets still available for the in person performance. For livestreamers, visit: classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com to access the event.
Hope you will join us this evening! #cmieverywhere #tobincentersa

Sneak peek of the show tonight. Wonderful hearing how the pieces have come together this week and we are all excited to share with you! Tickets still available for the in person performance. For livestreamers, visit: classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com to access the event.
Hope you will join us this evening! #cmieverywhere #tobincentersa

06/11/2021

We are beyond excited and hope to see you in the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow night at 7:30pm Central for Symmetry of Time! If you are unable to make it to the show, we are livestreaming! Join us and feel the Harmonious Power! #cmieverywhere #tobincentersa classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com

We are beyond excited and hope to see you in the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow night at 7:30pm Central for Symmetry of Time! If you are unable to make it to the show, we are livestreaming! Join us and feel the Harmonious Power! #cmieverywhere #tobincentersa classicalmusicinstitute.eventbrite.com

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 06/07/2021

We're back with our regular MMM post plus our belated Memorial Day Marvels! Double the MMM fun this week!

May 31 - MMM listening suggestion: The Oceanides, by Jean Sibelius, courtesy of London Symphony Orchestra, featuring Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5IbPFGPAMQ

June 7 - MMM listening suggestion: Concerto for Orchestra, by Jennifer Higdon, courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra Group, featuring Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwdGeq7icBs
#MMM #CMIeverywhere

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 06/03/2021

JOY is having a blast getting ready for their debut at the HEB Hall at @tobincentersa 🎊 If you would like to experience what it is to be part of this incredible group of humans and musicians, apply to the @classicalmusicinstitute 2021 Ascend Summer Education Program! #linkinbio

JOY is a project set to raise the level of CMI students, providing them with an opportunity to achieve a higher level of mastery and to develop maturity and sensitivity towards ensemble performance 🎻🎻 The project aspires to create a live-transformative, supportive and safe artistic platform, for deserving musicians to transform their development, not only in becoming better musicians, but better citizens ✨✨✨

Thanks to #BalletFolkloricodeSanAntonio for your support!
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06/01/2021

Would you like to be part of the 2021 Ascend Summer Education Program?

The program is open to Bexar County students ages 8–18. From beginners to advanced players, students will have a unique experience for high quality music making along with some of the top artists around the world!

Click on the link if you want to participate in virtual AND in-person workshops that will hone your artistic skills. You and your family can attend our artist faculty performances and watch YOU perform on the final student and faculty concert!

Program Dates: June 14–26, 2021
Location: Virtual and In-Person @Edgewood Fine Arts STEAM Academy (607 SW 34th St, San Antonio, TX 78237)
APPLY: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAThTvuey4LQY91pyObHtz9h4CE7dwBocRKi_DOIhuq6eMMw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Do not miss this stellar opportunity to get inspired by some of the most remarkable artists of our time!

Photos from Classical Music Institute's post 05/27/2021

It’s 2021 CMI Ascend Summer Education Program’s time! Check out the amazing lineup of artists coming to #sanantonio to get YOU inspired from June 14-25! If you are interested in learning from these world class musicians, click on our bio and apply to the program!
#edgewoodisd #performance #classicalmusic #musiceducation #chamberorchestra #sanantoniotexas #cmi

05/24/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Symphony No. 6, “Tragische”, by Gustav Mahler, courtesy of New York Philharmonic, featuring Leonard Bernstein, conductor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sLGb8d98wM
#MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Symphony No. 6, “Tragische”, by Gustav Mahler, courtesy of New York Philharmonic, featuring Leonard Bernstein, conductor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sLGb8d98wM
#MMM #CMIeverywhere

2021 CMI Ascend Summer Education Program Application 05/19/2021

2021 CMI Ascend Summer Education Program Application

Summer is approaching fast! Join us this summer for the CMI Ascend Education Program. Two weeks of in person and virtual programs, with a fantastic series of concerts. Share the JOY of music with CMI! #CMIeverywhere #CMIAscend

2021 CMI Ascend Summer Education Program Application WELCOME! Thanks for your interest in participating in the 2021 CMI Ascend Summer Education Program! GENERAL INFORMATION * Program Dates: June 14–25, 2021 * Location: Virtual and Edgewood * Cost: $300 (financial aid available) Week 1: June 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19. (18 and 20 days off). Virtual activi...

05/17/2021

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Sinfonia No. 9, by Heitor Villa-Lobos, courtesy of Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring Eugene Ormandy, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUr0tfLHdA4 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

This week’s MMM listening suggestion: Sinfonia No. 9, by Heitor Villa-Lobos, courtesy of Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring Eugene Ormandy, conductor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUr0tfLHdA4 #MMM #CMIeverywhere

Our Story

Established as the education program of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, CMI debuted in summer 2016. CMI’s mission is to cultivate classical music education and performance as a gateway to the arts. We aim to present access to classical music for all.

CMI provides music education to Bexar County's youth during a two-week program, year-long outreach and continuing education. This includes: private instruction and group lessons; chamber music courses, conducting and composing workshops, music theory, ear-training, rhythm training, voice, and music appreciation; peer mentorship, salon performances, faculty concerts, and a final concert with students at the Edgewood Theater for the Performing Arts. We believe performance serves education and builds a foundation.

The CMI Chamber Orchestra continues to perform as a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. For the 2019/2020 season, Ever Ours, we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, with works created or inspired by the legendary composer.
Be a part of our story, to promote transformation, inspiration and personal growth.

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