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From Italy with Love | Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral

26 March 2023 | 7:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry

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Leonardo Colafelice, Italian concert pianist and 2020 Bronze Medalist and Audience Favorite of The Gurwitz International Piano Competition, returns to San Antonio with a stellar new virtuoso program of Franz Liszt compositions inspired by Italian opera masterpieces of Rossini, Bellini and Verdi. From Altamura (Bari) in Southern Italy, Colafelice has won a multitude of international competitions and also currently teaches as Piano Professor at the renowned “Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music” in Bari.

“I am very excited to hear such a fabulous pianist and musician. Thanks for your music!”
– Martha Argerich, renowned concert pianist


FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
Compositions inspired by Italian Opera masterpieces by Rossini, Bellini and Verdi

  • Seven Brilliant Variations on a Theme by Rossini, S. 149
  • Reminisces of the Opera “ I Puritani”, S. 390
  • Finale of “Don Carlo”, S. 435
  • Fantasy on Motifs from the Opera “La Sonnambula”, S. 393
  • Rigoletto, Concert Paraphrase, S. 434

Check out Colafelice’s Gurwitz 2020 Round III performance of local San Antonio composer Ethan Wickman’s “Murmurs from the Exile” along with Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and U.S. percussionist John Hadfield:


Leonardo Colafelice | Italy

Born in 1995 in Altamura (Bari), Southern Italy, Leonardo Colafelice is a concert pianist of the greatest degree. In August 2016, he was awarded Second Prize in the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition and also received 3 special awards: Audience Prize, Best Performance of a Russian Piece, and The Junior Jury Prize. Most recently in January 2020, Leonardo won the 3rd prize Bronze Medal and the Audience Favorite Award at The Gurwitz International Piano Competition in San Antonio (Texas, USA). He has also been recognized as “Emissary of the Muse” by the current mayor of San Antonio Ron Nirenberg. In May 2019, Leonardo was also one of the 6 finalists during the first edition of the “China International Music Competition” in Beijing.

Prior to this, Leonardo has been awarded with several international prizes: in May 2014 as a young 18- year old, Leonardo Colafelice was one of the six finalists in the “Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition” in Tel Aviv. At the end of the competition, he also received three important special prizes: Best Performer of a Classical Concerto, Best Performer of a Chopin Composition, and finally, Most Outstanding Pianist up to 22 Years of Age. Also in October 2014, he was awarded the “A. B. Michelangeli” prize from the city of Eppan in Northern Italy.

Between 2012 and 2013, he won several important international awards: Gold Medal at the “Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition” in Salt Lake City (USA); First Prize at the “Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition” in Oberlin and Cleveland (USA); Gold Medal at the “Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition” in Rochester (USA); all in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded: Gold Medal at the “Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition” in Arizona, where Martha Argerich herself personally handed him his Award; First Prize at the “Aarhus Competition” in Denmark; and finally, First Prize at the “Hilton Head Competition” in South Carolina (USA).

He was also the First Prize winner at many other international piano competitions including:”The Young Pianists of the North International Piano Competition” in Newcastle (UK); “The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Young Artists” in Szafarnia (Poland); “The Concours Musical de France” in Paris; “The International Tournament of Music” (TIM) in Verona (Italy); and “The Premio Città di Padova” in Padua (Italy).

Colafelice is regularly invited to play in the principal Italian cities including Milano, Turin, Roma, Bologna, Messina, Palermo, Catania, Bari, Padova, Venezia, Verona, Caserta, etc., as well as abroad in various venues in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, Norway, Chile, and Georgia. He has performed with numerous and prestigious orchestras like: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, The Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, The Chile Symphony Orchestra, The Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali, The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and many more.

Leonardo is also currently Piano Professor at the renowned “Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Music” in Bari, in which Leonardo was graduated in 2014 as a pupil of Pasquale Iannone.


Location & Venue Information

San Fernando Cathedral is located in the center of downtown San Antonio, TX at the following address:
115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Building Entrances
1) Two (2) entrances (left and right vestibules/narthexes) on the front (east side) of the Cathedral, accessible from the Main Plaza.
2) A handicap-accessible entrance located on the left (south side) of the Cathedral.

Restrooms & Water Fountain
A men’s, women’s, family restroom, and water fountain are located on the first floor of the adjacent building south of the Cathedral. The door to the restroom area is in the west inside corner of this building, perpendicular to a set of double doors. There is a restroom plaque/sign indicating towards the door. (Tip: If you are coming through the courtyard from the front left of the Cathedral, walk straight until you reach the handicap entrance, then make a left. The door will be in the corner alcove.)

Venue Policies

  • No Hats Policy: We ask that you remove your hat while within the Cathedral.
  • Off-Limit Areas: The altar, its stage, and the chancel area behind the altar area is off-limits for all guests/attendees.
  • Silence Phones: Please silence phones/devices during the performance.
  • No Food/Drinks: No food or drinks are allowed in the Cathedral, though bottled water is an exception. There is also a water fountain near the restrooms available.
  • Behavior: As a reminder, the Cathedral is considered a sacred space, so we ask that you show due decorum/politeness for the space as is expected.
  • Health/Safety Statement: Musical Bridges Around the World will follow the most up-to-date safety guidelines for fine arts performance halls per the State of Texas, as well any other measures necessary for the ensured safety of its attendees. It is within MBAW and the Cathedral’s right and discretion as private entities to enact these safety protocols for its attendees.

City Paystations and Meters:

City Paystations and Meters (see City logo at Paystations) FREE on Sundays and are all around the area. If you have a disabled parking placard, you may park at these at any day/time for FREE.


List of Lot and Garage Parking:
The City of San Antonio – Downtown Parking Search

Recommended lots that are close to the Cathedral:
City Tower Garage (117 W Commerce St) ~ 1 min walk [351 ft]
Bexar County Parking Garage (300 Dolorosa) ~ 5 min walk [0.2 mile]

Houston Street Garage (111 College St) ~ 7 min walk [0.3 mile]
Market Square Lot (612 W Commerce St) ~ 10 min walk [0.5 mile]


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are tickets required for entry to the concert?
Yes, but they are free! Seating is first-come-first-served.

How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available through each event on our event calendar or on Eventbrite.

What do I show at the door?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code located on your ticket (print, email, or app).

What if I forget to get a ticket(s) or don’t have one when I get there?
An attendant at the door can help you register and get in quickly and easily. If you have registered but have forgotten the ticket, an attendant can pull up your name and check you in manually.

What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Please refer to any updated Safety Guidelines/Protocols in the section above.

How do I get to the San Fernando Cathedral? Where do I park?
Please refer the Location and Parking sections above.

Can I take picture(s) or video(s) at the concert?
No flash photography. We ask that you limit photos or videos to a minimum during the actual performance as a courtesy to our artists.

Is there a dessert reception after the concerts like last physical season?
Until further notice, the “Meet The Artist” receptions after performances will be cancelled due to health & safety concerns.

When will tickets for the next concert of Russell Hill Rogers Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral be available?
Tickets for the next concert open up after the previous event has concluded. If the season has ended, concerts will be announced sometime in the summer/early fall.

Any other questions? Contact us.



26 March 2023
7:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States