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It Ain’t Necessarily So! | Musical Evenings at San Fernando Cathedral

25 September 2022 | 7:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry

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A renowned violinist and pianist/actor combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor, and pop culture together as Duo Baldo! ​​In a small town on the outskirts of Florence, Italy, the group was born in the most natural of ways, with a casual meeting of two very different people from two very diverse cultural backgrounds. With over a thousand performances in major concert halls, recital halls and theaters, Duo Baldo make for a show that captivates and surprises!

“What can I say? Discouraging? Scandalizing? Irritating? Blasphemous? All in all Duo Baldo’s performance has to be seen, words are not enough to convey the subtle irony that pervades it.”
Susan Jarman, Grapevine Magazine

“The duo gave such an explosive performance, mixed with a series of exhilarating gags, that they literally conquered the audience.”
– Giancarlo Caselli, Liricamente (Teatro Goldoni di Livorno)

Check out this clip from their feature in PBS Great Performance’s Now Hear This with host Scott Yoo (who will also be the Head Juror/Conductor for The Gurwitz 2024 International Piano Competition):


Duo Baldo | Italy

The musical comedy team Duo Baldo is renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their critically acclaimed concerts combine virtuosic performances, theatrical humor and pop culture.

Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004. In February 2006, Duo Baldo won first prize at the National Short Theater Competition in Florence. After winning first prize at the 2009 Musicomicontest, they performed at the opening of the 2010 Salzburg Festival. Other invitations include Tokyo’s Musashino Cultural Foundation, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Mozaic Festival, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Trieste, as well as appearances in Brescia, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Lugano (Switzerland), Mexico City and Stockholm. In 2016, the duo was highly praised for a successful television appearance on Italy’s popular talent show, “Tu Sí Que Vales”. In 2018, the duo made their first successful US Tour which included 36 cities. Also in 2018 the duo performed to a sold-out crowd at Taipei’s prestigious National Concert Hall, earning themselves a second invitation in October of 2019. In 2019, the duo appeared in the new and innovative TV series, “Now Hear This” on Great Performances | PBS, the first classical music television series broadcast in primetime since 1967. (episodes n.1 and n.4)

Brad Repp performs on a 1736 Testore violin. Aldo Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.


Location & Parking

The San Fernando Cathedral is located in the heart of downtown San Antonio at 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205.

Street Parking: City Parking Paystations and Meters (see City logo at Paystations) are FREE on Sundays. If you have a disabled parking placard, you may park at these at any day/time for free.

Paid Parking Garages/Lots close to Cathedral:

Doors, Check-In, Raffle

Please expect doors to open no earlier than 6:15 PM. Have your ticket’s QR code ready to scan at the door, or name you registered. Onsite physical registration available. Only preregistered ticket holders who attend are eligible to win the concert raffle. 

Cathedral Construction Notice

Scaffolding will surround the exterior of San Fernando Cathedral for the next several months as the roof is updated. This work should not affect indoor programs or the 9PM SAGA lightshow on the facade at this time.

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 on this page 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 on your ticket (print, email, or app).

– When do doors open?
Please expect doors to open no earlier than 6:15 PM. 


– 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.

– How do I get to the San Fernando Cathedral? Where do I park?
The San Fernando Cathedral lies at the center of downtown San Antonio at: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205.

While there is no dedicated parking for the Cathedral, there are many close parking options. 

  • Street Parking: City Parking Paystations and Meters (see City logo at Paystations) are FREE on Sundays. If you have a disabled parking placard, you may park at these at any day/time for free.

There are three (3) main entrances to the Cathedral: two (2) main front (east) entrances off Main Plaza and one (1) side entrance for wheelchair-accessibility on the left (south) side.

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

– 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 this event has concluded.

Any other questions? Contact us.


25 September 2022
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