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End of Season Wrap Up & Invitation to a VIP Season of HouseConcerts
Cactus Pear Music Festival

August, 2014

Dear Friends:

Well, except for our harpsichordist Christina Edelen hobbling on crutches for her entire week of the festival after she broke her heel tripping off the stage, the 18th Season went without a hitch! The music said it all, but we couldn't have done it without YOU! We were so pleased with the great audience attendance in all three cities, the enthusiastic children at our Young People's Concerts, the excellent reviews and pre-festival coverage by the media, the amazing progress of our Young Artist Program Fellows in their performances, the absolutely superb music-making by the fifteen Festival Artists, and the list goes on.


We thank you -- our patrons, our advertisers, our donors, our venue co-sponsors, the In-Kind Gift givers -- for making our 18th season a great success! Please take note below of the many generous patrons whose gifts arrived after the program book went to press. And if you didn't get a chance yet to send your tax-deductible gift, there are still 27 days left to make that 2014 contribution to help us reach our fiscal year-end goal on August 31. Our Executive Director Reneé Davis was very happy to see the Endowment numbers reach the first year goal of the 3-Year Endowment Campaign that the Board launched last October, but of course, raising the operating expenses is always the first task at hand, so that is the Board of Director's focus this month. Thank YOU for all of your support of Cactus Pear Music Festival and its mission to bring great classical chamber music to people of all ages and backgrounds throughout this region.



Season 18 concerts are over, but the MUSIC doesn't stop! As I write this letter, I am arranging the programs and artists for the upcomingVIP Soirée series. October 26, 2014, February 8 and April 19, 2015are the dates for the 3 p.m. intimate house concerts accompanied by scrumptious food and wine, held in beautiful homes in the San Antonio/Boerne area. This is the absolute best way to experience the art of chamber music, surrounded by friends, sipping wine and listening to great music literally a few feet away from the musicians. These lovely afternoons are savored by those who are fortunate enough to attend. 
Jeff Garza, Principal Horn for the San Antonio Symphony, and Mei Rui, Finalist of the 2012 SA International Piano Competition, will join Stephanie for the October 26 Soirée in works by Strauss, Brahms, Benshoff among others. Please join us to hear these outstanding artists.
The VIP Cards are selling more quickly in this 3rd season. Since there are only 80 seats total available, please let your friends know and purchase your own VIP cards before the end of the month. Please note that 50% ($100) of the VIP card's cost is fully tax deductible.You may purchase online or call Reneé Davis at 210-838-2218. We look forward to seeing you in the front row!
Click here to order online.



No more July 4th holiday to impinge on our festival concerts!
San Antonio concerts return to a Friday/Saturday schedule.
The 19th Season Festival will run from July 5-19, 2015 with San Antonio concerts on Friday/Saturdays July 10, 11, 17 & 18; Boerne concerts on Sunday, July 12 & 19; the New Braunfels' concert on Thursday, July 16, and we're adding one more Hill Country city, so we'll keep you posted on what lucky town gets some L-I-V-E classical music in July. Mark your calendars so you don't plan to be out of town during the "coolest" part of the month in Texas. Our big 20th Season celebration Festival will have similar dates that fall AFTER the July 4th holiday.


Without your generous support, CPMF would not be able to do all it does to achieve its expansive musical mission including the free concerts CPMF is able to present throughout our summer festival weeks. We thank all of you. Listed below are those donors whose contributions came in after our program book went to press:

Quench your August Thirst for Chamber Music

This summer Olmos Ensemble is again offering TWO summer concerts, with a dessert and drink reception with musicians.


August 17, 3 pm  *  MAGICAL MOZART

featuring the chamber music debut of San Antonio Symphony

Concertmaster, Eric Gratz!

August 24, 3 pm  *  FANTASTIC, FUNNY FRANÇAIX 

featuring an all Françaix program to delight the many fans

of his music who are in the Olmos Audience.


All Olmos concerts are at:

First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7150 IH-10 West, San Antonio 

Reception with musicians follows each concert. 
Suggested donation, $15 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students.


A Final Thank You! 
Stephanie wanted to leave everyone with a small taste of the festival. If you click the following link, you'll be treated to an audio clip of Joaquin Turina's The Toreador's Prayer for string quartet that was performed on 20th Century Passageways. Enjoy listening as Bella Hristova, Stephanie, Ara Gregorian and Jonah Kim take you to the Toreador's chapel as the bullfighter prays before the bullfight once again.
We hope to see you in October!  


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