Conference Special Events

Wednesday Evening Opening Reception, 27 February

Jois us for an unforgettable evening at the beautiful Museo Alameda where we will get acquainted and re-acquainted in what was (in 1949) the largest movie palace in the US devoted to Spanish language entertainment, and is now an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in San Antonio. Conference attendees will be treated to a private tour of “¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz,” an exhibit featuring the life of the legendary Cuban-born singer and her world-wide influence on music and culture. (Shuttle buses will be available.)

Thursday Evening, 28 February
American Music through the Wind Band Prism
Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Worman, conductor
Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity University campus. 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating the vibrant activity of the diverse interest groups within SAM, the concert will feature works that represent an unusually broad spectrum of American musical traditions: music from Walter Piston’s Incredible Flutist ballet, Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto, and Dan Welcher’s work using Zion’s Walls and Zion’s Security as thematic material. In addition the ensemble will celebrate the 80th birthday of renowned American composer Samuel Adler, whose Force of Credulity and Southwestern Sketches are on the program. Dr. Adler will be in attendance at the concert and will provide spoken introductions to both works.

Friday Evening Concert, 29 February
Riders In The Sky, with the San Antonio Symphony
Municipal Auditorium. 8:00 p.m.
Ticket prices are $14.00 (Balcony), $21.00 (First Floor), or $28.00 (Orchestra)

Join the San Antonio Symphony as SAM presents Riders In The Sky with the 2008 Honorary Membership. Riders In The Sky just celebrated 30 years as America’s favorite singing cowboys. Dedicated to keeping alive the tradition of western singing closely associated with the Sons of Pioneers and Gene Autry, the Grammy Award-winning Riders In The Sky will appear with the San Antonio Symphony on a program highlighting classic western American songs.

Friday Afternoon Tours

We have two exciting tours planned for Friday afternoon (29 February) of the Conference, during the free time. Both tours are $15.00 to cover the cost of transportation.

Shrines of Texas BBQ

Cost: $15.00 (does not include food)
Led by Carl Leafstedt, BBQ Aficionado

Czech and German settlers brought the art of smoking beef and pork to central Texas in the 19th century. Ever since then, BBQ has been a staple of the Texan diet. Join local BBQ afficionado Carl Leafstedt on an insider's BBQ tour of south Texas. We'll head outside city limits to two local BBQ meccas, Luling City Market in Luling, Texas, and the legendary Smitty's BBQ in Lockhart, site of the open fire pit that brings smiles of wonder to first-time visitors. We'll compare notes and soak up the laid-back atmosphere of Texas 's BBQ belt, a region east of San Antonio where smoked meat is a religion. Trip includes a good dose of small-town Texas. Bring your appetites!

Whet your appetite: Check out this video of Luling City Market

San Antonio Missions Tour

In the early 18 th century the Spanish began to establish colonial outposts in present-day Texas. Seeking to convert the native population, and to protect the expanding frontier, they constructed an estimated 40 missions across the vast region. Of these early Texan missions, many now over 250 years old, ten still remain open to the public. Five are located in San Antonio, making this the largest concentration of historic Spanish missions in North America. Everyone has heard of the Alamo, the best known of these missions, conveniently located directly adjacent to the conference hotel. Four other missions exist nearby, however, all in different states of preservation. Our tour will take us through the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, visiting three of these colonial-era missions, including Mission Concepción (1731), the oldest unrestored stone church in the United States.



For additional information, contact Mariana Whitmer at the Society for American Music.