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March 13, 2007


San Antonio Symphony to Perform World Premiere of a New Work by

Trinity University Composer Timothy Kramer


Timothy Kramer

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Symphony will perform the world premiere of  “Party Favors,” a new work by Trinity University composer-in-residence Timothy Kramer. The symphony will perform the work at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at the Majestic Theater located at 224 E. Houston St.


“Party Favors” will be the first piece of a program titled “Sombreros, Saint-SaŽns and the Sea.”  The program will include Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra by Saint-SaŽns, the “Falla Suite” from The Three-Cornered Hat, and La Mer by Debussy.  Larry Rachleff, music director for the San Antonio Symphony, will conduct the program.  


“Party Favors” is a work for full orchestra and triple winds. It also calls for a large battery of percussion including, vibraphone, tom toms, car horns, tambourine, timbales, bass drums,  bongos, claves, sleigh bells, congas, and a cow bell.


“I want this to be big, bold, fun, festive, and cacophonous,” said Kramer, about the seven and a half minute composition.  He said he wanted it to reflect the nature of San Antonio as the Fiesta city.


In addition, Kramer said the work explores the idea of cacophony. “For most of our lives, we make these critical judgments on what is musical and what is cacophonous noise,” said Kramer, who added that “noises can be extremely musical when placed in the right context.”


“Party Favors” also serves as the last movement of Kramer’s Symphony B-A-C-H, a work which explores  different musical textures.          


For more information on the performances visit the San Antonio Symphony Web site at



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