Three weeks' worth of classical concerts have been compromised to decrease costs for the remainder of the San Antonio Symphony's performance season. The first cut was made to the March 21-22 program of John Adams' Harmonielehre, which was replaced with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3. Future cuts include cancellation of Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite and Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite on May 2-3 (replaced with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10); and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast on May 9-10 (replaced with Elgar's Enigma Variations). The May 2-3 program change includes the Symphony's "Mid-Day Getaway" matinee performance.
"We diligently work to provide creative and exciting artistic programming," said Symphony executive director Steve Brosvik in a recent press release. "We have worked with music director designate Larry Rachleff, the other conductors, and staff to determine popular works that are familiar and exciting to our audience members while realizing cost savings." The repertoire changes are expected to reduce Symphony expenses by $44,000. For more information, go to www.sasymphony.org or dial 554-1000.
OLLIN THE FAMILY
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center recently welcomed East LA quartet Ollin to its fold as part of the organization's SA/LA exchange. The band is featured in the GCAC's current production of Beautiful Señoritas, rewriting some of the play's original, outdated score, "putting our flavor in it," says Ollin frontman Scott Rodarte. But try putting a finger on their flavor, and a listener could lose himself in the band's mezcla of traditional Latin rhythm and Chicano rock en español. Ollin is scheduled to perform on First Friday, April 4 at the Barbed Wire Grill, closing off the night at an afterhour party at Blue Star.
Rodarte and his twin brother Randy teach music to inner-city children in LA, and are similarly working with San Antonio youth through mid-April; a culminating show is scheduled for April 12 at the GCAC. The band will then return to LA to work on its commissioned score for the play Chavez Ravine with Culture Clash. For more details on the band or its schedule, contact the GCAC at 271-3151. •