12-Day Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival Begins July 6

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Some grand ideas come wrapped in dreams, while others reveal themselves in thoughtful moments. For Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, the idea for the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival came on a summer evening along the River Walk in the form of a cactus pear margarita. Perhaps it’s fitting that Sant’Ambrogio’s dream for a multivenue chamber music festival was inspired by something cool and refreshing.

The 20th season of the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival begins July 6 and continues through July 17. The festival will feature 20 noted chamber music artists and 20 classical masterpieces. The “festivalography” includes everyone from Bach to Beethoven, Verdi to Vivaldi. Concerts take place in San Antonio and neighboring south Texas communities, including Boerne, Kerrville and New Braunfels.

The festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring new and classical chamber music to people of all ages and backgrounds and to contribute to the music education of young people across south Texas through Young Peoples Concerts and the Young Artist Program, a full-scholarship program that provides training fellowships and ensemble performance opportunities.

The concert series is based at the festival’s San Antonio concert venue, Coker United Methodist Church, 231 E. North Loop Rd. Season tickets are available online and at the door.

NA_SA_07_16_Web_version_Page_09_Image_0002For more information about the Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival and to purchase tickets, visit www.cpmf.us.

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