In its 23rd season, Cactus Pear Music Festival is bringing 13 world-class artists to four area stages to present four main-stage chamber programs, along with two shorter Casual Classix concerts in the San Antonio community.

The artists join CPMF Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio for concerts in three cities outside of San Antonio, including New Braunfels, Boerne and Wimberley. Performing masterpieces by the stars of classical music such as Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart and Brahms, alongside newer works by 20th and 21st century composers including Ravel, Francaix, Shostakovich and Clarke, the festival musicians aim to enthrall, inspire and transport the listener each time with every performance. 

In New Braunfels, a free young people’s concert, titled Goethe Have Music, will be presented at Mckenna Event Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., on Thursday, July 18 at 3 p.m. The concert will be a shortened version of the full concert program geared toward for the young and young at heart and will include selections by Mozart, Ravel, Wolf and Saint-Saens, plus time for questions. After the concert, children are encouraged to stay for a cookie decorating activity sponsored by the Friends of CPMF.

At 7 p.m., the CPMF musicians will take the McKenna stage again for a ticketed concert titled Romancing the Notes. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call (210) 838-2218, or check the Cactus Pear website at

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