Drums & Sax

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 6:00pm | Free and Open to the Public

Join Musical Bridges Around the World for a Drum Story with percussionist "Tootie" Heath, joined by Rene Saenz & Richard Oppenheim on saxophone. Heath leads the legendary migration with tales of American History from New Orleans to New York. San Antonio Jazz legend Saenz, adds Latin flavor with global festival experience as a highly sought after saxophonist.  Oppenheim, a Chicago native, bridges the two worlds infused with 'echoes of boogaloo, funk and rock!'


Portrait In Black And White
Spontaneous Combustion
Hallucinations (Bud's Bubble)
Inner Urge
Crepescule With Nellie
Speak Low
Lonnie's Lament
Black Narcissus
This Is For Albert
Shaw 'Nuff
Body & Soul

Southwest School of Art Chapel, 300 Augusta St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Tootie HeathAlbert “Tootie” Heath

Born on May 31st 1935 in Philadelphia, Albert “Tootie” Heath was raised in a musical household as the younger brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath. In pursuit of a musical career as a drummer, he moved to New York in 1957 and in a few months made his recording debut with John Coltrane for the saxophonist’s first recording “Coltrane.”

Tootie Heath’s career reads like a who’s who in jazz. He has recorded with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Bobby Timmons, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Billy Taylor, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, J.J. Johnson and countless others. In 1975 together with his brothers Jimmy and Percy, Tootie formed the Heath Brothers band.

A Drum Story-- a unique journey that follows the migrations of drums and rhythms from Nigerian talking drums to the innovations of jazz greats like Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. Heath’s includes music commentary on each of the diverse drum phases, such as: Batá drums, New Orleans parade music, and early big band pioneers as well as humorous and touching personal anecdotes from his experiences contributing to some of the most integral decades of jazz.


Rene SaenzRene Saenz
Jazz Saxophonist

Rene Saenz is one of the most sought after saxophonists in San Antonio and around the globe. He has shared the stage with some of the top Rock, R & B ,C o u n t r y, & Latin artists in the world.

Rene is a mainstay in the San Antonio music scene and has shared the stage with notable jazz artists including Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, Mel Torme, John Faddis, Eddie Daniels, Paquito De Rivera, Tito Puente, Arthur Blythe, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and many more...

Whether recording in the studio or performing in concert at jazz clubs & jazz festivals, his sophisticated and thought provoking jazz style, on both saxophone and flute, continues to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.



Richard OppenheimRichard Oppenheim
Jazz Saxophonist

After many years in New York, saxophonist Richard Oppenheim relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 2006 with his wife and longtime musical colleague, Katchie Cartwright. Oppenheim muses on ideas of belonging and unfamiliarity, of how to call where you are home.

Born in Chicago in 1953, Oppenheim has played alto saxophone since age 13. Following his studies at Indiana University, he gained experience playing with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Charles Mingus and Lonnie Brooks. On relocating to New York in 1976 he recorded with Ray Anderson, Chuck Loeb, Bern Nix, Bill Goodwin and many more. From the late ’70s through ’80s he performed with Lionel Hampton, Clifford Jordan, Otis Rush, Mick Ronson, Ian Hunter, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Buddy Rich, Bernard Purdie, Jaki Byard, David Johanssen and Illinios Jacquet.


Night of Tango Gala 2015

Images from A Night of Tango Gala

Musical Bridges Around the World presented A Night of Tango September 19, 2015

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Suenan las Islas with Benito Cabrera & Tomas Fariña

San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio 78205

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9

Free. However, general public, non-reserved tickets are available by clicking here. Choose “General Public RSVP” no later than 4 p.m. June 6.

Canary Islands resident and virtuoso Benito Cabrera who plays the timple – the national instrument of the Canary Islands – has performed numerous concerts and recordings with ensembles such as the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Cordoba and the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia.

Cabrera has performed throughout the world including Cuba, United States, Puerto Rico, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Venezuela and Japan. Cabrera has released nine solo recordings ranging from folk, classical music and pop. The concert is presented by Musical Bridges Around the World in partnership with the Canary Islands Descendants Association. A reception will be held after the concert along with a showing of the “Saga” light show in Main Plaza.

“Suenan las Islas” ofrece una propuesta para realizar un viaje sensorial desde las Islas Canarias. La combinación de audiovisuales, sonidos reales de la naturaleza con la música, da de sí un espectáculo en el que se pretende llevar al espectador por una mezcla de elementos evocativos, que el paisaje y los sonidos del Archipiélago son capaces de suscitar.

El espectáculo fue presentado en 2013 en el Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid, y ha sido representado en todas las Islas Canarias, en varios teatros españoles, así como en la Universidad Kennedy de Buenos Aires (Argentina), en el Teatro América de La Habana y en el Instituto Cervantes de Sao Paulo (Brasil).

1. Paradetas (Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz)
2. Canarios (G. Kapsberger)
3. Vaivén (Benito Cabrera)
4. Callejón de un solo caño (Nicomedes Santa Cruz)
5. Nube de Hielo (Benito Cabrera)
6. Folías canarias (Popular / Benito Cabrera)
7. Isa del uno y medio (Popular / Benito Cabrera)
8. Danza del Trigo (Popular /Benito Cabrera)
9. Un Día Habrá Una Isla (poema de Pedro García Cabrera,
recitado con el lenguaje del silbo gomero)
10. Mazurca en DO (Benito Cabrera)
11. Arrorró del Sur (Benito Cabrera / Víctor Estárico)
12. El lebrillo (Popular /Benito Cabrera)
13. De Lanzarote a Texas (Benito Cabrera)
14. Isa en FA (Popular /Benito Cabrera)

B E N I T O C A B R E R A (timple)
Concertista de timple y folklorista. Ha sido el primer intérprete en llevar el timple al ámbito
sinfónico, realizando numerosos conciertos y grabaciones con formaciones como la Orquesta
Sinfónica de Tenerife la Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba o la Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Ha actuado en salas de conciertos de la relevancia del Carnegie Hall de Nueva York, el teatro
Teresa Carreño de Caracas o el Konzerhaus de Berlín. Aparte de haber realizado giras por las
ciudades más importantes del territorio español, ha dado conciertos en países como Cuba,
Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Bélgica, Francia, Holanda, Noruega, Portugal,
Eslovaquia, República Checa, Venezuela, Uruguay...
Ha editado 7 grabaciones como solista de timple, en las que se combinan tendencias que van
desde el folk, la música clásica y el pop.
Asimismo, su tarea de divulgación y didactismo se ha visto reflejada en la edición de varios
libros de divulgación etnográfica, en la realización varios métodos para el aprendizaje del
timple, así como en multitud de conciertos didácticos realizados con formaciones como la
Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.
Actualmente combina su carrera como concertista con la labor didáctica y la dirección musical
del grupo Los Sabandeños.
T O M Á S F A R I Ñ A (guitarra)
Profesor de guitarra, titulado por el Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias. Diplomado
por la Escuela de Magisterio de La Laguna, ha ejercido como profesor de música en diversos
centros educativos.
Ha realizado conciertos de guitarra clásica en teatros y auditorios de Tenerife.
Forma parte del proyecto “Timpluras”, con el que ha participado en giras por todo el
archipiélago canario, así como en convocatorias nacionales como el Festival de Jazz de Madrid,
Músicas del Aire de Yecla o Castilla Folk, de Burgos.
Actualmente trabaja como profesor de guitarra en diversas escuelas oficiales de Canarias.

Homecoming Special Event

Come join us at Gallery Nord on December 15th at 3pm for this special homecoming concert featuring native Texans Christine Lamprea and Daniel Anastasio.  The concert is free with a suggested $25 tax-deductible donation at the door.


Pohadka ("Fairy Tale") -- Janacek Cello Sonata in C, op. 65 -- Britten I. Dialogo II. Scherzo- pizzicato III. Elegia IV. Marcia Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99 -- Brahms I. Allegro vivace II. Adagio affettuoso III. Allegro passionato IV. Allegro molto

Pohadka ("Fairy Tale")    -- Janacek

Cello Sonata in C, op. 65    -- Britten
I. Dialogo
II. Scherzo- pizzicato
III. Elegia
IV. Marcia

Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99   -- Brahms
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio affettuoso
III. Allegro passionato
IV. Allegro molto

ChristineLampreaChristine Lamprea

Noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea is a multi-faceted soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Lamprea is the First Prize winner of the XVI Annual Sphinx Competition (2013). She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such will be presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists’ Competition and, most recently, captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. She is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions. Ms. Lamprea has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony and New Jersey Symphony, among others. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Allentown, Hilton Head, and Costa Rica National Symphonies. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lamprea has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. She has participated in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Perlman Music Program, the Banff Centre, and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, performing alongside such esteemed musicians as Mark Hill, Maria Lambros, Nicholas Mann, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc. Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music as well as non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. Most recently, she was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn’s game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and “Sinfonia Por La Vida,” a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians. Ms. Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.

Daniel AnastasioDaniel Anastasio

Daniel Anastasio, from San Antonio, TX, recently graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree in piano performance, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. He received his Bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, where he double-majored in Music and Philosophy. At Cornell, he studied piano with Xak Bjerken and chamber music with Miri Yampolsky and violinist Joseph Lin. Throughout his earlier years growing up in San Antonio, Daniel benefited greatly from lessons with Rebecca Wilcox, who instilled in him a musical sensitivity and expressive freedom that has shaped his personality at the keyboard. Currently living in New York City, Daniel is privileged to be studying privately with renowned pianist and pedagogue Ann Schein. Daniel has attended many summer programs and festivals, including Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival, and Cornell University’s Mayfest. Last year he was a finalist in Juilliard’s piano concerto competition, and a recipient of the school’s Mieczyslaw Munz scholarship. This year, Daniel’s time is split between chamber music performances and recordings, recitals, concerto performances, and auditions for a Doctorate of Musical Arts, which he intends to pursue next year.