Nine pianists of the Gurwitz Youth Ambassadors and two string players of the Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship come together to share their passion for music! Including solo piano pieces from Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Monti, Kabalevsky, Roldán, Burgmuller, and Bacewicz, and a Handel-inspired duet for violin and cello by Halvorsen.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMS
The Gurwitz International Piano Competition also encourages the development of young pianists in the greater San Antonio area. Gurwitz Youth Ambassadors are involved in community engagement efforts such as playing in schools or community groups, attending/participating in masterclasses, or speaking with students on why they chose piano. Advanced piano students 18 years or under who are interested in becoming an Ambassador are invited to apply based on the recommendation of their piano teacher.
Formerly under the auspices of the Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation, this scholarship now resides under the management of Musical Bridges Around the World. The previously-named foundation began in 1985 by John Pledge with proceeds from the estates of his sister, Genevieve Pledge, and of Lois Colburn, both former members of the San Antonio Symphony, for the purpose of offering tuition aid to string players residing in Texas who are preparing for careers in classical music. 133 scholarships totaling more than $99,000 had been previously awarded by the foundation to 72 different students.
– 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).
– 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?
Masks are currently strongly encouraged. The event organizer may make the decision to require masks at any time leading up to the event.
– 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. City Paystations and meters are FREE on Sundays, and you can find more info and options on our website here.
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.
Any other questions? Contact us.