Jazz at the Witte: San Antonio Jazz Suite

Nov 11 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Witte Museum

San Antonio Jazz Suite - Jazz at the Witte

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial on Sunday, November 11th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Witte Museum. 

Join KRTU 91.7 FM, and the Witte Museum for a reprise of Trinity University’s KRTU commissioned San Antonio Jazz Suite performed by Aaron Prado with the San Antonio Jazz Collective, and narrated by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. 

Museum admission, or proof of KRTU or Witte membership is all it takes to attend. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and lawn chairs are permitted.

The San Antonio Jazz Suite was originally performed in 2012 during the Year of Jazz, a celebration commemorating KRTU's 10-year anniversary as a jazz radio station. 

The composition created by former KRTU music director, Dr. Aaron Prado, will paint a musical portrait intertwined with narrative elements of significant events in the city’s history.
The 50 minute composition will feature nine sections telling the history of San Antonio through the language of jazz.

The first movements of the suite will describe the foundations of the city, including stories about the native people and settlers from the Canary Islands, who started the first government and built the San Fernando Cathedral and Main Plaza. It will conclude with a jazz homage to the historic Battle of the Alamo.

The second movement is a tribute to the growth of the modern city of San Antonio and moves the suite into the 20th century. Expect a swinging celebration of San Antonio as the cultural crossroads, home of the Riverwalk and front-and-center on the world stage as host to the 1968 World's Fair.

The final movement addresses the important features of our city that bring us together today, such as Fiesta, the rodeo, our beloved San Antonio Spurs, and even our quintessential traffic patterns on the 410 and 1604 loops. The suite will conclude with a section in tribute to the city’s collective vision of “San Antonio 2020,” capturing the community’s optimism for a bright future in the coming years. 

The San Antonio Jazz Suite is musically rooted in a straight-ahead modern big band sound that includes Latin, traditional, funk, and contemporary jazz sections. An accomplished pianist and KRTU host, Aaron Prado composed the suite for a 16-piece jazz big band. The composition will be performed by San Antonians, including members of the King William Jazz Collective, a super-group of some of the top musicians in the city, led by saxophonist Bill King. 

This event is made possible by SA300 and the San Antonio Current

Aaron Prado w/ the San Antonio Jazz Collective