The Temptation of St. Anthony

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This season, the San Antonio Mastersingers will join forces with the San Antonio Wind Symphony to present music with ties to the diverse culture of San Antonio, and celebrating our city’s 300th Anniversary!

We are very pleased to announce our next concert will be a collaborative endeavor with the San Antonio Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Robert Rustowicz, to be held in the sanctuary at Trinity Baptist Church on 319 E. Mulberry Avenue on April 8 at 3:00 PM.

We will be featuring three works by acclaimed composer, James Syler, The Temptation of St Anthony (For Wind Symphony and Chorus), Dear Sarah (for Chorus) and Hocus Pocus (for Wind Symphony).

Mr. Syler received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983 and a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami in 1988. In 1991 he continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied privately with composers Alfred Reed, Karl Korte and Pulitzer prizewinner Michael Colgrass.

Awards include a 2002 commission from the American Composers Forum in New York to compose String Quartet No. 1 for the Artaria String Quartet of St. Paul, MN; the 1993 National Band Association Composition Award; two grants from the American Music Center in New York; the 1993 Arnald Gabriel Composition Award; and more than 20 commissions to date.

Mr. Syler has been on the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio since 2001 and teaches private composition lessons and Orchestration. Mr. Syler also teaches composition at the University of the Incarnate Word and is on the music faculty of San Antonio College.

Other works to be performed include, Festive Overture for Wind Symphony, by Dmitri Shostakovich; Meridian by Ola Gjeilo for Chorus and Wind Symphony, and Hallelujah (from Christ on the Mount of Olives) by Ludwing von Beethoven.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for general admission and $50 for reserved seating and can be purchased at:

The Temptation of St Anthony