Closing Performance at Mission San José

Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 4 PM - 7 PM; Performance at 5 PM


The closing event of Luminaria's Contemporary Arts Festival featured a special Tricentennial program of music and visuals at Mission San José, a designated World Heritage Organization historic site and part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.  

The mission was reimagined by Agarita who performed a live program including music from the past 300 years accompanied by visuals from artist Chuck Drew.

This one-time performance and installation celebrating San Antonio's Tricentennial was sponsored by the Western National Parks Association.


About Agarita


Agarita strives to take classical music out of its “ivory tower,” making it accessible, fun, and engaging for all. Made up of violin, viola, cello, and piano, this ensemble uses its instrumentation to create narratives and storylines through music with cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration.

Agarita members:

Sarah Silver Manzke, violinist, San Antonio Symphony

Marisa Bushman, violist, San Antonio Symphony

Ignacio Gallego, Spanish cellist, San Antonio Symphone and strings teacher at Alamo Heights

Daniel Anastasio, pianist, professor at San Antonio College


Chuck Drew

Agarita collaborative partner:

Chuck Drew, artist in the audio, lighting, and video industry for over 25 years


Agarita thanks High End Systems, an ETC Company for donation of AV equipment.







Pieces that were performed:

Ishi’s Song, by Martin Bresnick

Limestone and Felt, by Caroline Shaw

Estrellita, by Ponce/Heifetz

From Piano Trio, movement II: TSIAJ by Charles Ives

Graceful Ghost Rag, by William Bolcolm

From Quartet for the End of Time, VI: Dance of Fury, for the Seven Trumpets, by Olivier Messiaen

From Quartet for the End of Time, V: Praise for the Eternity of Jesus, by Olivier Messiaen

Piano Quartet in A minor, 3rd movement, by Joaquín Turina


Program Notes

Texas has undoubtedly one of the richest and most turbulent histories of any state, from the thousands of years of Native American culture, to Spanish explorations in the 1500s, a brief French colonization in the late 1600s, Mexico’s ownership after the War of Independence, the Texas Revolution of 1836 that led to the Republic of Texas, and finally to its incorporation into the United States. Each musical work on this program acknowledges in its own way a nation or culture that has affected this unique state and its rare history.



San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Mission San Jose

One of four Spanish Colonial missions at San

Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Mission San Jose is known as the "Queen of the Missions". It was founded in 1720 and is the largest of the missions. The site was almost fully restored to its original design in the 1930s by the Works Projects Administration. Mission San Jose is a UNESCO world heritage site.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park recognizes the rich history of the arts within our park from our historic architecture and Spanish Colonial frescoes, to the legacy of local artist and park ranger, Ethel Wilson Harris. We strive to enrich the lives of our community members through supporting local art and artists. Our park boasts a budding Artist-in-Residence program, weaving and historic arts themed special events, and hosting visual/performance artists' special events. 

Chief of Interpretation: Lauren Gurniewicz


National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


Western National Parks Association

Western National Parks Association is a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. They support more than 70 parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience.  This program is generously supported by the Western National Parks Association.



In 2018, San Antonio and Bexar County commemorate our 300th anniversary. History and education, arts and culture, and community service are at the forefront of initiatives that reflect on our storied past, celebrate our current achievements, and prepare the community for the next 300 years.














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