When the orchestra performs at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the musicians dress formally and are seated in sections. On this night the small strings ensemble was more relaxed in all aspects – save for performance quality. Gratz wore glasses and suspenders, for instance, and provided brief contextual lessons on the composers and pieces with quirky, yet carefully measured levity.
“There’s a black Sequoia with the lights on,” he informed the crowd, taking on more humble duties during this particular performance.
Attendees varied in age and appreciation of classical music, precisely the point of the musicians bringing their informal performances to new audiences in nontraditional venues.
Managing Editor Iris Dimmick contributed to this report.
Top image: A concert led by Concertmaster Eric Gratz by the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony at Dor?ol Distilling Company. Photo by Scott Ball.