When: Sun., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. 2016
In the days, weeks and months that followed David Bowie’s death back in January, important figures in music, social commentary, art, fashion, literature and elsewhere have shared, in a multitude of ways, their appreciations for the musical icon’s life and work, as well as their lamentations at his death. Bowie was a singular figure who — though he made dynamic, boundary-pushing pop music — transcended music and ascended to the rarified air of a genuine, all-around cultural touchstone. In the wake of his death, one popular tribute among musicians has been to cover his songs, sometimes faithfully and sometimes not so much. Even Lady Gaga got in on the action at the Grammys, to mixed reviews. In this vein of appreciation for Bowie, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA), led by director Troy Peters, has its own special kind of tribute planned, which should come as no surprise to those who have been following them over the last few years. As a part of the YOSA Gold Series, the talented youngsters and their fearless leader will present tributes to Bowie by composers Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt and, with an assist from the local SOLI Chamber Ensemble, premiere Remembering Bowie, a tribute piece written by Peters himself. The evening will also feature performances of classical favorites “1812 Overture” and “Danzón No. 2,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Arturo Márquez, respectively. Like Bowie himself, the evening promises to showcase the best of what the human creative spirit has to offer.