As the San Antonio Symphony prepares for their final concert of the season, more than 200 San Antonio residents are gearing up for the Symphony’s “Paint to Beethoven” all-ages art contest on Friday, June 3 from 7-10 p.m. at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts‘ River Walk Plaza.
The contest, which already has more than 200 entrants, includes a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the Symphony’s 2016-2017 concert season. It’s intended to broaden the Symphony’s fan base by attracting individuals of all ages and demographics to create a piece of art while listening to its simulcasted performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Watercolors, chalk pastels, crayons and markers will be provided.
“(The symphony) is more than simply entertainment, it really does emotionally move people and impact them,” said San Antonio Symphony President David Gross. “We are giving people an opportunity to express that in drawings and paintings.”
Participants must check in at River Walk Plaza at 7 p.m. and the contest and simulcast of the performance will begin at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced after the judges deliberate during the concert’s intermission at 8:50 p.m. The closing half of the Symphony’s simulcasted performance will kick off at 9:10 p.m. with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.”
The contest will yield a winner in each of the four designated age groups in addition to a separate professional artist category, which requires online pre-registration here.
Anyone can stop by to enjoy the concert on the outdoor plaza or purchase a ticket for the performance inside the Tobin. The June 3 performance will feature German Grammy winning-violinist Augustin Hadelich and will be conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing, the Symphony Orchestra’s music director, a fellow German.
The event, part of Symphony Appreciation weekend, will include a drawing of San Antonio Symphony door prizes, children’s activities, and a Silent Art Auction of winning student art pieces from the 2016 Paint to Music Contest hosted by the San Antonio Symphony League.
Throughout the Symphony Appreciation weekend, tickets for the performance from inside the Tobin will be available for 50% off online or at the Box Office with the promo code: BEETHOVEN. The concerts will be held on June 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m.
Top image: Attendees gather at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts River Walk Plaza. Photo courtesy of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.