Preserving A Love Of Classical Music In San Antonio

By Alissa Reinhard

In 1901, Anna Hertzberg, a graduate of The New York Conservatory of Music, found herself in the frontier town of San Antonio, far away from the cultural arts she knew and loved. Anna and five other women decided to change the scene, establishing an annual series of concerts called Musical Teas. Those teas have evolved over the past century, without interruption, into the Tuesday Musical Club (TMC) Artist Series, concerts featuring world-class artists.

Today, Marguerite McCormick serves as Chairman of the TMC Artist Series. She is also the founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio.

“The 95th season of the Artist Series for 2017-2018 features an exceptional line-up of acclaimed and up-and-coming musicians offering a glowing season of music and artistry,” stated McCormick. “The two performers featured at our October 10 concert are former San Antonians who are now very successful, well-respected musicians, both nationally and internationally.”

The 2017-18 lineup is as follows:

October 10, 2017 – Christine Lamprea (cello) and Daniel Anastasio (piano)

January 23, 2018 – Cantus (vocal ensemble)

February 13, 2018 – Nathan Laube (organ)

April 10, 2018 – Martina Filjak (piano)

“Today there are more than 250 members in the Tuesday Musical Club, including Active, Honorary Life, Non-Resident, and Honorary members,” added McCormick. “The Junior Club, for young music students through age 18, was formed in 1924 and now numbers an average of 60 student members from throughout the city.  Since 1956, a Young Artists Competition has been held each spring for serious students of music, ages 18-26, who reside or study music in Texas.”

Daniel Anastasio, one of two performers who will open the Artist Series this October, is a former TMC Junior Club member.

“TMC is a focal point for dedicated musicians,” said Anastasio. “When you are around others who share your interests, you become exposed to new perspectives, interpretations and levels of technique. For me, TMC was a place that kept the flame of my musical interests burning, gave me the opportunity to meet other pianists in San Antonio, and provided me with a platform for performance.  It was an invaluable place for me growing up; I would have never pursued a career in music without it.”

TMC Junior Club gives students from first through twelfth grade the opportunity to learn about classical music, form friendships and perform for fellow members.

“I know firsthand through my 30 plus years as a music teacher and the Children’s Chorus director that performing and listening to live music enriches children’s lives, and leads them to discover a source of creativity and beauty within themselves,” said McCormick. “My fellow TMC members inherently know this as well, so it is extremely important to the club.”

The Tuesday Musical Club holds the distinction of being the oldest music club for

women in Texas and its Artist Series is one of the oldest continuous musical series sponsored by women in the United States. During the past 94 seasons, such preeminent artists as Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Josef and Rosina Lhévinnne, Angelika Kirschlagher, Arcadi Volodos, Chanticleer, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Joshua Bell, Nathan Gunn, Stephen Hough and Lawrence Brownlee have graced their stages.

All Artist Series concerts are held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 227 W. Woodlawn Avenue, with the only exception on the February 13 concert with organist Nathan Laube, which takes place at Trinity University’s Margarite B. Parker Chapel, One Trinity Place, at 7:30 p.m. Season or single-concert tickets are available at www.satmc.org or at the door for each concert. Full season tickets (four tickets) can be purchased for $75; tickets can be used at any concert, in any combination, for maximum flexibility and enjoyment.