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YOSA and Beethoven Team Up for a Great Race

March 21, 2013

Race Start LineIt’s not quite like singing for your supper, but it’s pretty close.

YOSA presents its second annual Beethoven 5K/10K Walk and Run on Saturday, April 13.  It’s an important fundraising event for our organization and we need your help to make it a success. We’re the only race in San Antonio with an orchestra at the finish line!

Beethoven 5K/10K Event Information:

We need all our fans, musicians, parents and supporters to spread the word about this event.

How Can you Support the Beethoven 5K?Finish LIne Finale

Sponsorship is a great way to support our event. We have sponsorships starting at $250 and going all the way through to $10,000.  Do you know a person or company who can sponsor our event?  Share the sponsorship details with them here.

Another way you support our event is registering for the fun. We are very grateful to our partner Fleet Feet Sports for their support for the second year in a row.  This year, we’ve added a great promotional partner with Yelp San Antonio.  They will be promoting our race online and in person on race day. Watch for details about checking in on race day and the cool stuff Yelp will be giving away to participants. You can find YOSA on Yelp, too!

Finally, you can support the race virtually by purchasing a “Breakfast with Beethoven” package for just $35.  This gets you a tee shirt, mug and beverage mix on race day and you don’t even need to run!  This is a great way for relatives of YOSA students to show their support for our organization.

Race SuccessSo what are you waiting for? Take a moment and see where you can share this story so our April 13 race is a sell-out!

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Freudigman Makes Conducting Debut

November 8, 2012
Ken Freudigman, director of the YOSA Symphony

Ken Freudigman, director of the YOSA Symphony

Kenneth Freudigman, principal cello of the San Antonio Symphony, will debut as director of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Symphony on Sunday at Roosevelt High School as part of YOSA’s City Series.

Freudigman’s first concert will include pieces from Rossini, Holst and Sibelius and he will guest conduct the Sinfonettia Strings in Beethoven, Mozart, Bernofsky, and Jackson.

He is well known in the San Antonio music scene, having co-founded Camerata San Antonio as well as serving as its artistic director. He is also an adjunct professor of cello at UTSA and is the former Education Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival.

Freudigman studied cello at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Eastman School of Music. He began his orchestral and chamber music career with the Rochester Philharmonic and as a founding member of the Esterhazy Chamber Ensemble. In 1992, he joined the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also performed with the Grand Rapids, Charleston, and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera and the Mexico City Philharmonic.

He has been working with the 90 young musicians in the Symphony since August and is enjoying it.

“I am looking forward to passing on my passion for music to the next generation. I feel it’s important for professionals to be mentors to young musicians and to pass on the years of training and experience and tradition that we received from our mentors,” says Freudigman. “In many ways, this is an oral tradition that has been handed down from teacher to student for hundreds of years.”

The program, which will be presented this Sunday, November 11 at Roosevelt High School at 5 p.m., was intended to challenge the students.

“There are three works on this program and they’re all about team-building. This program was designed not only for the musical enjoyment of the students, they’re learning ensemble skills within their related sections and throughout the entire orchestra,” Freudigman says. “They’re learning how to listen to each other, fit their parts together and adjust to one another.”

On the program this Sunday are:  The Overture to the Barber of Seville by Giacchino Rossini in an arrangement by Merle J. Isaac; St. Paul Suite by Gustave Holst and Finlandia by Jean Sibelius.

Even though he’s only been working with this group of teenagers for three months, they have made quite an impression on Freudigman.

“What would have surprised me is if these kids hadn’t stepped up. I had very high expectations and believed fully that they would step up to the challenge of performing this very challenging program.”

The City Series concert is free and open to the public and will be held in the Roosevelt High School auditorium at 5110 Walzem Road at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 11.