The Dominion Magazine - May 2019

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THE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME Sebastian Lang-Lessing Conductor – San Antonio Symphony



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Staff Profile 46

Calendar 12 Message From The Manager 13 Club Happenings 14



To Stop A Warlord


Fitness Challenge 50



Summer Festivals




Area Events 68



BUsiness PROFILE 34 San Antonio Symphony 2019-2020 Schedule 6

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Student Profile 64 ART Events 66

Golf 30

Music 42



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the Dominion Magazine Dear DOMINION Reader,

Thank you so much for picking up the latest issue of your Dominion Magazine! This issue might be one of my personal favorites. First up, after a lot of coordination and finger-crossing, we were able to score a feature interview with the Director of the San Antonio Symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing. If you are a fan of fine arts and classical music in general, then you will know Mr. Lang-Lessing. One of the world’s most well-respected music directors, Mr. Lang-Lessing has been working tirelessly to rejuvenate the San Antonio Symphony and elevate it to a world class production. Immensely respected by his peers, this is a pretty special feature for us and we hope to continue this level of content for you. This issue is also jammed with recaps and photos from the myriad of events at the Country Club this last month, and all the information you might need to plan your social calendar for May at the Club as well. Lastly, we have some information about the recent sale of the Country Club and the excitement brewing for its future plans. We’ve received several great “leads” this past month about some potential stories and profiles that have been sent in from Dominion residents, so look for those to be in print soon. If you think you might have a great tip for an article or a know an interesting resident that would make a good feature, drop us a note. We’d love to start a conversation with you.

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I hope that your summer is memorable and to meet you at some point by the pool at the Country Club! Sincerely,

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Dear Members, Spring has officially arrived here at The Dominion. Warm weather and greener grass are here to stay and we could not be more thrilled to dive into a new season with our members! This past month we have enjoyed seeing new faces at the new member functions as well as familiar ones during the HOA Fiesta and the Dominion Women's Forum Cookout on the Range, along with many other events. Did you know that we have numerous social groups that our residents take part in? We have everything from history club to cycling. Give us a call and ask how we can help you get connected! May is packed full of exciting events. With our Mother's Day Brunch, Dominion Women's Forum Luau and Renaissance all coming up, there's sure to be something for everyone. If club dining is something you look forward to, you are in for a treat when you see the new items Chef Jay and Chef Judy are adding this month. As always, we thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We hope to see you on the course or the courts very soon. Sincerely, Tony Miller Interim General Manager, The Dominion Country Club




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2019 NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS Music & Wine The Lakes Friday, May 3 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Adults only)

Food Truck Night & Movie in the Park Duxbury Park Saturday, May 11 Food Trucks 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

“Yappy Hour” Duxbury Park Friday, May 17 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

**Memorial Day Pool Party Pool at The Dominion Country Club Monday, May 27 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Charges apply RSVP Required. Call 210-698-3364

Vendor Appreciation Breakfast HOA Office Friday, June 21 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

**July 4th Celebration and Fireworks The Dominion Country Club Thursday July 4 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Charges apply RSVP Required. Call 210-698-3364

**Labor Day Close the Pool Party

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Duxbury Park Saturday, October 26 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat Halloween Party Duxbury Park Saturday, October 26 5:30 p.m.

Pool at The Dominion Country Club Monday, September 2 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Charges apply RSVP Required. Call 210-698-3364

Chili Cook-Off

Food Truck Night & Movie in the Park

Duxbury Park Sunday, November 24 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Duxbury Park Saturday, September 21 Food Trucks 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Movie starts at 8:00 p.m.

National Night Out Neighborhood Parties Tuesday, October 1 (Times vary by neighborhood)

Music & Wine The Lakes Friday, October 18 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Adults only)


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Duxbury Park Saturday, November 9 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Texas Tough Turkey Chase Kids’ 1/2 Mile Fun-Run 5k/10k Walk/Run Starts at HOA Parking Lot Thursday, November 28 8:00 a.m. ** Dominion Residents (NonClub Members) invited to select Dominion Country Club events.



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S T O R M R E S T O R AT I O N by Mike Biles

HIT BY HAIL? 7 Mistakes You Don't Want To Make

leaking or dangerously exposed, it’s probably best to leave it untouched until it can be adjusted by an insurance representative in person. If you do replacements and repairs the wrong way, like replacing roof tiles, you can jeopardize your entire claim because they won’t be able to verify what the storm has damaged. It’s often best to talk with a qualified storm restoration contractor before you file a claim to be sure you have enough damage to meet your deductible and can advise you on how to handle certain urgent repairs. Most property owners will far exceed their deductibles which typically range from 1-3% of their property’s value. 2-Paying a contractor up front. If a contractor can’t afford to buy materials or doesn’t have the credit available to furnish materials to your site before they start your job, you might want to reconsider that contractor.

Big hail hit April 13, 2019 all over the Northwest San Antonio areas causing damage to thousands of homes and businesses. Were you one of them? If you were, unfortunately you are likely going to have to deal with it and get some things fixed in order to preserve the look of the property, the future insurability and resale value. If you don’t have experience in dealing with hail damage on your property and complex insurance claims, you may want to know these 7 mistakes people commonly make before you take action.


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1-Replacing roofing or repairing damage before you’ve spoken with the experts. Insurance companies want and often require you to mitigate future damage immediately by doing things like tarping your roof to avoid exposure to rain and water damage, or boarding up broken windows. However, you don’t want to replace roofing tiles or shingles or glass window panes until the Insurance company has documented and witnessed the damage for themselves or at least authorized you to do so. If authorized, take lots of photos and save everything. If you’re not

There are far too many stories of property owner’s paying construction contractors half or more of their insurance settlement up front and never hearing from them again. You don’t want to be a victim, so just don’t risk it. There are many options for payment. For example, one safe, smart and fair process for paying a contractor is to give them partial payment, up to 50% of the job cost total on the day they delivered the materials to your property and showed up with their crews to work. A credible contractor will be able to fund materials and will have trusted relationships with crews that will show up for work without advance payment. Once the work is complete and insurance has sent any remaining balance to you, you can then pay your contractor in full.

3-Expecting the Insurance company to accurately assess all the damage. Once you file a claim, the insurance company will likely send out an adjuster. Sometimes this adjuster is employed by the insurance carrier and sometimes the insurance company hires an outside, independent adjuster. These adjusters have varying levels of skill, expertise and experience. Their job is to respond quickly, make an assessment and document the storm related damage. They will then put together an estimate of the scope of work to be done and the estimated dollar value of the loss. It will only be an estimate and it may be fairly accurate or it may be far under the amount it will actually take to complete your job. They may pay you for a minor roof repair when you really need the entire roof replaced. Keep in mind, these adjusters may have multiple houses to do a day and they are in a hurry. They have a broad knowledge, but are generally not experts in construction. They often don’t have the time nor have the experience in most cases to understand all that will need to be done. 4-Assuming you don’t have damage because you don’t see it. If you don’t have experience seeing hail damage it can be very easily overlooked and underestimated. Roof damage has to be severe to see it from the ground, as it can be small and only seen up close and from the roof. If you’re seeing roof damage from the ground you are probably only seeing about 1/3 of what’s really damaged. Gutter dents may need just the right sunlight and angle to be seen. Paint chips from impacts may look like wear and tear. Cracked window beading and dented frames may just not get noticed. HVAC units may need to have a pressure test run on them. Small dents in the metal roof or some hair line cracks in concrete roof tiles may look innocuous, but it can be serious. It may not look like a problem to you, but you can bet it will be a problem for a would-be home buyer or an inspector if you ever change your insurance carrier. For example, a few dents in the hood of your car may not affect the drivability of your car, but you’re not going to get the same sales price for a car with dents as you would a car without. And if you ever change insurance carriers or they don’t renew your policy you may have trouble getting new coverage because an inspector will find the unrepaired hail damage. A few cracks in concrete or clay tiles can eventually become fully broken tiles

and areas for water penetration. We recommend getting at least one or two outside opinions before deciding what to ultimately do.

repairs for the money your insurance company is willing to give you. Insurance companies are smart and they’re not likely to overpay, but they will gladly underpay if you want to hire discount tradesman and get less than the best materials and management.

5-Not qualifying your contractor properly. Most people focus on the roofs of their homes after a storm and overlook many of the other peripheral damage that may be thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Roofing contractors are usually only going to handle your roof replacement and leave the other trades to someone else or to you to handle. It’s up to you to decide if you want to manage a complex construction project or if you want to hire someone who can handle the entire job and knows how to work with your insurance company. If you hire a contractor, check them out. Find out how much of your job they can do, get some past job references, and verify they have current liability insurance coverage (sometimes they will fake this because it’s expensive). Call their material suppliers and ask if they have good credit with them. Check their BBB ratings, check their work area radius and be sure they will be near enough to handle any warranty work. See if they show up on time, are accountable and are easy to reach by phone. 6-Trying to go cheap or get a “deal” on repairs. The old saying “you get what you pay for” fully applies here and because it’s your property, you want to get the best possible

This is your valuable property and you want to preserve it. Don’t shop for the cheapest deal, shop for the best contractor that is going to deliver quality and make the process easy on you. 7-Not filing a claim before the policy’s deadline Michael Fried, Board of Directors of Texas Association of Public Adjusters, advises: “check with with your agent or review your policy for specific language, and do it right away because policies vary. The common thought is two years, but don’t count on that.” The longer you wait the harder it will be for an adjuster to accurately identify what is hail damage. Impact marks age in and what was once clear evidence later may be muddled and look like something else. Remember, it’s a good idea to get a qualified contractor or expert to assess the damage to your property before making the claim to see if there is enough damage to exceed your deductible. Mike Biles Owner of Peak Storm Services, LLC Former licensed Texas Insurance Adjuster Storm restoration contractor since 2007 University of Texas at Austin, Graduate 1989 210-201-6640 T h e D o m i n i o n -M a g a z i n e . c o m




accompanying general store, made Leon Springs an attractive first stop after a day's stagecoach ride from downtown San Antonio. The main two-story limestone building housing the original Inn can still be seen as one passes through Leon Springs today. While it no longer services weary travelers, it functions as an office for Rudy's BBQ. In 1887, the San Antonio-Aransas Pass Railroad replaced the earlier stage coach route, but the Aue Station ensured that its passengers would continue to utilize the Leon Springs area as an important rest stop. The next few decades saw many changes, including the replacement of the railroad with the first automobile highway, and the development of Camp Bullis as an important military training site. The Aue family capitalized on these changes by opening many more amenities in the Leon Springs area, including restaurants, saloons, dance halls, and gambling clubs. Legendary tales of this period include Aue's son, Rudolph, enlisting famous San Antonio brewer Otto Koehler to help transport Pearl Beer to Leon Springs to quench the thirst of the Military troops training there. There was also the Mountain Top, a dance club allegedly located on the hilltop currently occupied by NuStar Energy. It is rumored that Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and other famous musicians of the first half of the 20th century frequented the Mountain Top and performed for the soldiers stationed there.

If you've spent any time in the old Leon Springs Historic District, you have undoubtably seen the Rudy's BBQ and Country Store located on the corner of Boerne Stage Road and the old Fredericksburg Road (now the I-10 Frontage Road). Now a large chain restaurant, you may notice that the Leon Springs Rudy's bears a significantly different look than its other 40 locations. That is because the Leon Springs restaurant, with its old gas pump station and interior convenience store, is in fact the original Rudy's location. Even before Rudy's BBQ existed as we know it today, the site was servicing Leon Springs locals and western travelers as early as the 1850s. Although never an incorporated city, Leon Springs was essentially established in 1852, when settler Max Aue was granted his 640 acre "section" (one square mile) as payment 26

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for his service in the original Texas Rangers. Having been born in Annalt-Cothen, Germany in 1826 before immigrating to Texas at age 21, Aue probably recognized the region as an important connection between the German communities of San Antonio and Fredericksburg. Even in those early days, the area was known for catering to the stage coach route that went west from San Antonio all the way to San Diego. This route, officially known as the San Antonio - San Diego Mail Route No. 8067, made the trip from Texas to the west coast in 53 days, costing a passenger $200.00 for a one way ticket. By 1878, Max and his wife, Emma Toepperwein Aue, had grown their stage coach stop operation by establishing the Settlement Inn, offering travelers a place to stay and purchase supplies before pushing farther west. The Inn, along with the Aue's

It was technically in 1929 that Rudolph Aue, Jr., the grandson of Max, established the country store and cafe called Rudolph's, which was soon shortened to his nickname, "Rudy's". Though nobody can quite agree on when BBQ first came into the picture, it was in 1989 that pit-master Mack "Doc" Holiday purchased and began operating the Rudy's we know today. Since then, the company has grown exponentially, serving BBQ at 40 locations to residents of 6 states! While everything on the menu is exceptional, I especially recommend the smoked turkey and the famous creamed corn. No matter where you find yourself next time you enjoy some Rudy's BBQ, be sure to say a little "thank you" to the Aue family and their Leon Springs legacy. Reprinted with permission Matthew McDonough Law Firm






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LAG PUTT LIKE A PRO! by Daniel Stevens, Head Golf Professional, The Dominion Country Club Three putting from 30 feet is frustrating and the recreational golfer will do this about 18% of the time. Tour average is under 3%. Here are some tips to help you ensure 2-putts. Don't feel you HAVE to make every long putt. Envision a 6’ circle around the hole and make sure you leave your putt in that circle. Always pay attention to the roll of the ball until it stops. This will help you on the next putt. Stand a little taller. You may find it easier to get the ball to the hole if your posture is more upright. Let your arms swing like a chip shot. Too often from distance we try to “guide” our putts. Stand taller and let your arms swing on their natural path and you will find you have great natural feel for distance control. If you are thinking of “steering” your putts you will lose your feel for the speed and are more likely to 3-putt. Spend 15 minutes before each round rolling longer putts. Hit 3 balls from 40,50 & 60 feet, trying to get them all inside of the imaginary 6’ circlel. Lagging putts to the collars of the green is another great way to get a feel for the speed of the greens. This approach takes your focus off of the line and moves it to speed control. Make sure you practice putting putts that are uphill and downhill with as much break as you can find on the practice green. This will also help you get a good feel for how different speeds will affect your chosen line and allow you to utilize your creativity. The more we can focus on feel and creativity, the less we will focus on mechanical thoughts. This is key to reducing 3-putts on the green!


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Make sure you reach out to one of the PGA Professionals on staff at The Dominion for help with your game. Make Birdies!

Daniel Stevens, PGA Head Golf Professional The Dominion Country Club


PLAYING THE COURSE: #1 by Daniel Stevens, Head Golf Professional, The Dominion Country Club

This hole features a slight dogleg to the left, so you want to watch the fairway bunkers on the left side that are at approximately 220 yards. A good driver off the tee is preferred. From there, you've got a high iron approach shot at approximately 150 yards. This green is sizeable and slopes to the right. Be careful to not go long as it's very difficult to recover, so go shorter on this hole. A signature hole on the course, it's a tremendous way to sample the course and start a great round. Remember that this hole plays upward a lot so you might go one club lower for each shot than what you might typically.

TENNIS by Julian Lopez

TENNIS 101 The basics of tennis are pretty straight forward, but over the years many players from every level bemoaned having to do the most basic elements of stroke production. Many parents and players rush to skip the basics and move on to more advanced stroke production (i.e. topspin using the wrist) not understanding, all swings are derived from the basic tennis stroke. Without the basics, long term development is hindered, leaving players disillusioned, frustrated and wondering if they will ever have dependable, competitive tennis strokes. The name given to the basics in the United States is the “classic game.” If you follow tennis you may know the biggest leader in the “classic game of tennis”- Roger Federer. Who is arguably the greatest player in the history of the game. The classic game of tennis was given pretty low billing when Roger, just barely ranked in the top 20 in the world, lost a match to a lowly ranked player. The tennis announcer calling the match on television claimed, “This is why Roger will never be a great tennis player, because the classic game of tennis doesn’t belong in the modern era!” Well, as we all know, Roger went on to blow that statement out of the water. Why? His strokes! If you watch the slow-motion videos of Federer’s great forehand online, it may seem somewhat complicated. But then, that is the beauty of the basics, what is seemingly boring and innocuous becomes sophisticated and adaptable. Meaning, with a basic straight arm (no bend of the wrist or the elbow) a player can develop sublime swings utilized by the masters of the sport. This is a progression from basic to expert and there are no short cuts. Even at the expert level a straight arm swing is never completely lost, it eventually loosens into a fluid rounded motion capable of tremendous power and spin. The finished product virtually looks nothing like the beginning. Investing in the basics from the beginning helps players who otherwise might not even play tennis become competent ball strikers. The weakness of skipping the basic forehand is in the wrist. 32

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TEST To test the weakness of a bent wrist, try to arm wrestle someone starting with your wrist already bent back. You will find you are in the weak position and may never recover and lose the contest. It is this bent wrist that is so hard to control.

TO FIX Keep the wrist straight like our beginner in the photos. 1ST PICTURE See here is a basic start there is no bend in the wrist or the elbow. 2nd picture: The swing happens from the shoulder supported by a twist from the body after the arm starts the motion. The arm remains straight.


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LRES MARKETING Lauren Keller Owner/Photographer Luxury Real Estate Services LLC/Also known in the industry as LRES Marketing Years in Operation Opened in 2011 What makes your company unique? I began my career in real estate as a Sales Agent for Burdick Custom Homes, and continued selling real estate until 2011. During my sales career I became aware of the nuances in marketing real estate that other marketing sources were unfamiliar with. I realized an exciting opportunity was presenting itself. So, in 2011 I started Luxury Real Estate Services, LLC. LRES is a locally owned, boutique marketing firm offering an expansive suite of marketing services for the real estate community and services all facets of the industry including Realtors®, commercial developers, architects, builders and contractors providing marketing products (print, internet, and photography services). Originally the company’s services were for real estate agents only, however LRES has evolved rapidly and now serves a wide range of clients across numerous industries. I hired Lauren Garahan as marketing operations manager and she enabled LRES Marketing to up the quality of services being provided and is a huge asset to the company. Being a small business we have a unique understanding of the challenges small business owners face and the need for excellence with regard to their marketing needs. Why do you think homeowners should use you? We offer an unsurpassed reputation for work ethic and integrity in the workplace. With over 14 years in the Real Estate industry (residential and new construction sales) our expertise is unmatched. Our knowledge of the industry as a whole makes us specifically qualified to handle any aspect of your business. Since opening the doors we has established a reputation for excellence and


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exceeding client expectations. Born and raised in San Antonio and the Hill Country, my knowledge of the marketplace and growth pattern gives insight needed to assist each client. Each client has their own ideas and goals and I have a keen sense of communication which enables me to establish instant rapport and comfort. The client will know they are in caring, capable hands when choosing LRES. Specializing in architectural photography for luxury homes and small businesses, I have helped hundreds of clients either sell their homes or showcase their business and work environment. Since opening the doors, our office has always been in The Dominion so our expertise of the community is beyond compare. What sort of technology do you use? I utilize top-of-the-line photography equipment and state of the art computer systems in order to bring the clients vision to life. LRES makes showcase websites for architects, small businesses, realtors and also provides single prop websites on homes and development projects for commercial clients and small business owners. LRES also provides a wide array of print media resources for direct mail and postcard projects. Even though digital technology has changed the landscape of the marketing industry. I understand that direct mail is a major asset to companies and real estate professionals. Your business goes directly into the hands of the person providing maximum exposure. Partnering with Luxury Home Magazine and Rogy Productions, we produce short film and commercial projects for any type of client, just one more avenue to enable our customers to have visibility. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The absolute most rewarding part of my job is a referral from a current or previous client. The very best compliment is when a satisfied client sends other business owners and realtors to our firm. In everything we do we strive to provide our clients the necessary marketing tools to take their businesses to the next level, so repeat and referral business is the greatest reward!

What plans do you have for your business in the near future? LRES is continuing to grow the multi-faceted marketing side of the business and is going to be taking on more commercial work in 2019. LRES will be doing more Luxury Home Tours, like the one we have done in The Dominion the last 8 years, where Realtors from numerous brokerages work together to provide fantastic event for the community. Each day we are expanding our knowledge base and creative outlets and we are planning to develop more services for business owners. How has technology changed the industry for realtors/owners? In this day and age anyone’s branding, website, and social media are almost always their first impression on current and potential customers, regardless of the enterprise. Having the finest images and engaging marketing material are critical to rising above your competition. Since opening in 2011, I have continued to expand my knowledge of photography and design. Technology changes every day and having a marketing firm that continues to learn, develop, and embrace innovation is crucial in today’s media world. Tell us about your family. Born and raised in San Antonio and the Hill Country, one of six children, I am a local through and through. I am married to Corey Keller, a native to San Antonio and Vice President of Sales at Keller Signs. Dudley Keller, Corey’s father, is the owner of Keller Signs, he and his wife Roxanne are residents of The Dominion. My mother, Jean Souza, is a marriage and family therapist in town and my late father, Lawrence J Souza, practiced law in San Antonio until his recent passing. Corey and I are the proud parents of 3 beautiful daughters; Cameron, Berkeley and Leighton. We reside in Leon Springs. LRES Marketing (210) 833-5894

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THE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing

by Brian Kenneth Swain, Dominion Resident :: photography by Ben Weber

“I feel like I know a lot about the things you’ve accomplished,” I said to begin our interview at The Tobin Center, “but I don’t really know anything about who you are.” Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been Music Director and Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony since 2010, and his many career achievements and accolades are well documented on any number of web sites and magazine articles, hence the first half of my opening statement. The goal of this piece, though, was to learn a bit more about the maestro as a person. And so we started in the small town of Gelsenkirchen in northern Germany, a former mining town not far from the Dutch border, where Sebastian was born, the youngest of four, all of his siblings girls. The now-prolific musician is clearly proud of his humble origins: “It was once one of the biggest coalmines in the world, but now it’s a World Heritage site because of the architecture and art spaces. It’s all very green and mountainous— fascinating how such an industrial landscape can have a second life.” The Gelsenkirchen/Essen region is rife with cultural amenities, including orchestras, theaters, and opera houses, the latter of which there are no fewer than eight of within 100 kilometers. It was an environment not wasted on the young Sebastian. And though many of his


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immediate relatives were in the medical profession, they all also played instruments. “My father was a pediatrician and my mother was a physical therapist, so I basically grew up in a children’s hospital. And while there may have been an early expectation that I too would pursue a medical career, once I won my first musical competition at age eighteen, it became clear that my path would be a musical one.” Growing up with three older sisters—quite a bit older, as his youngest sister is seven years older—he describes his upbringing as one in which he effectively had four mothers. He was pampered, but also disciplined. But he felt a distinct generational gap with his parents, particularly with his father, who was born in 1915. “I’ve always felt like a romantic soul, possibly one born sixty years too late.” With his father, grandmother, and other family members accomplished musicians in their own rights, it feels inevitable, with the benefit of hindsight, that Sebastian would pursue such a path as well. And so he began seriously studying piano at age six, with clarinet following soon thereafter. He studied in Lubeck and Essen, but throughout he felt like there was something missing, something limiting about the experience. “My best friend’s father played viola in the Gelsenkirchen Orchestra and I found myself

spending a great deal of time in the pit with the conductor, so much so that by age eleven I already pretty much knew that I wanted to be a conductor.” Sebastian had always been extremely physical and he began learning to dance at a young age (ballet, then later ballroom). “ I continued dancing until my teenage years when it was suddenly no longer the cool thing to do. But the physicality never left me and I sometimes think it may have gotten in the way of my piano playing.” In truth, there were several aspects of Sebastian’s character that suggested that a career in piano might not be the ideal choice. Aside from the physicality that he describes, and the potentially limiting nature of focusing on a single instrument, he notes also that mastering piano (or any instrument) makes for an extremely solitary existence. “You have to possess the dedication to practice eight-ten hours a day, which I did. But I am at heart a communicator, which I think is the main trait that sent me down the path of conducting.” But what else might a talented young man spend his time doing aside from laying the foundations for a musical career? “I was pretty good at school, and I was interested in a lot of things. In particular I was intrigued by languages—Latin, French,

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Russian, English—(which, combined with his native German would serve him well later in life as he traveled from one continent to another). I was also passionate about history and art. I explored all the cathedrals I could find and for a while I was quite focused on visiting as many Rembrandt exhibits as possible. Fortunately, living close to the Dutch border, there were many small collections that weren’t known about by a lot of people. I had a culturally rich upbringing, though that wasn’t because my parents pushed me; it was mainly just me.” And because Sebastian has always been a physical sort of individual, this manifested not only in dance but also in sports, with the future orchestra conductor learning to ski from the age of three. He continued skiing into his early twenties, becoming adept enough to participate in slalom competitions and serve as an instructor. But wasn’t he concerned about injuring himself, now that he was well down the road to his orchestral career?


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“I didn’t fall much at all, because I was taught in a manner that focused on control. Now everything is about speed and risk taking. There were no helmets when I was young. You simply learned to be in control.” Surely achieving excellence in such a rarified field as classical music requires exposure to teachers, mentors, and role models. Who were Sebastian’s? “Of course I had several wonderful piano instructors—Wilhelm Rau, Detlef Kraus, and others. I also carefully watched wellknown conductors like Leonard Bernstein and Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan. Around age twenty he had the honor of meeting Bernstein, and he took the opportunity to share with the famed maestro his goal of studying at Julliard, New York’s renowned music conservatory. “Are you crazy?” was Bernstein’s unexpected response. “You live in the heart of European music. Study there and then come visit me

at Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Symphony) in the summer.” Sebastian also had the opportunity to observe many important conductors during his formative years, e.g., Günter Wand, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and others, all very formative influences on the young conductor. But sometimes creative influences emerge from unexpected directions. “Stage Director and Head of the Berlin Opera Götz Friedrich was an important influence, as was French choreographer Maurice Béjart. Relationships like that can be transformative and it’s important to remain open to creativity wherever it may come from.” Sebastian met his wife Britta Funck while both were attending Hamburg University on Aussenalster Lake. She was studying a baroque instrument known as a viola de gamba, and though both were pursuing musical careers, their professional paths did not often cross, with the couple having only

performed once together. She later went on to become an artist manager. But the couple’s life changed dramatically six years ago when they adopted a 4½-year-old Colombian girl named Ximena. They were matched with Ximena because of their artistic backgrounds, but though the young girl has tried her hand at piano and ballet, they are keen to not push her in any particular direction, preferring to let the girl make her own decisions and find her own path.

“Regardless of your approach, you have to pretty much memorize ninety percent of it anyway in order to stay several pages ahead of what’s happening in the moment. I feel as though conducting from memory is liberating in that it allows me to focus my energies on getting the very best from the musicians. The conductor is the one who’s afforded the least forgiveness if something goes wrong, so it’s best to know everything that’s coming in the piece.”

“It is,” Sebastian offers, as though playing off Nézet-Séguin’s words, “very important that you have a clear idea of what you want to say with the work. After all, no two performances are exactly the same, even if you’ve performed the same work dozens of times. There is always an element of spontaneity.”

“We had a romantic idea of what adoption would be like, an idea that ran headlong into the reality that every new parent discovers with their first child. It has definitely been an adventure, but one we wouldn’t change for all the world.”

In a nice piece of serendipity, while driving home from our interview, I happened to hear an NPR interview with Philadelphia Orchestra conductor and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. During his discussion with Terry Gross, he discussed the importance of not letting the emotion of the music overwhelm the technical requirements of performing the piece. And while I did not get an opportunity to discuss Nézet-Séguin’s perspectives with Sebastian, the sentiments he expressed feel consistent with many of those espoused by our own maestro.

“You do not have the luxury of looking back. What’s done is done. You keep moving forward. The show must go on.”

We discussed numerous aspects of the conducting experience, including the pros and cons of conducting from memory versus referring to the printed score. And while Sebastian leans toward the former, he sees benefits to both approaches.

“But what,” I ask, “if you feel like something has gone wrong or the performance is not going as well as you’d like?”

In an admittedly extreme example of ‘the show must go on,’ Sebastian described, in a 2012 interview with NPR’s David Martin Davies, an incident in which a violinist passed out in mid-performance and had to be carried off the stage as the orchestra continued performing the piece. To the audience’s relief—and Sebastian’s—the musician was able to reappear on stage

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at the conclusion of the piece to assure everyone that she was all right. As the leader of 100+ musicians—not only during performances but also throughout all phases of the concert season—how does Sebastian see his role? “My job is to help each musician aspire to be his/her very best, whether that is here in San Antonio or elsewhere. For some musicians, San Antonio is their end destination, the place they’ve chosen to call home. For others it will be a stepping-stone to another city, another orchestra. I welcome some turnover. Musicians should always aspire to be better, to accomplish more than they have. Here in San Antonio, we currently have musicians from Albania, Bosnia, Syria, China, Taiwan, and elsewhere, Nationalism is the last thing you want in an orchestra. It’s important to embrace different cultures. Music is all about building bridges; it’s about communication.” Then, inevitably, we got around to discussing the challenges the San Antonio Symphony has undergone in recent years, both financially and organizationally. These have been thoroughly reported in the local press and elsewhere, but Sebastian has lived them since coming here in 2010. “The business troubles of a few years ago definitely got in the way of artistic expression. For the past nine years, with all of our budgetary challenges and the turnover of personnel, I’ve been the primary stable factor. I’ve dedicated myself to protecting the organization and achieving a state of normalcy, stability.” And when probed about the current state of the organization: “I don’t know the answer to the current state of the organization. San Antonio hasn’t always embraced its symphony with


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the verve that other cities have. It’s not something you hear talked about in the recordings when you arrive at the airport. It can feel tenuous. I think there is a fear of a perceived intellectualism or elitism. Many don’t attend because they feel like it’s expensive, they have to dress up, or they don’t understand the music. Honestly, it’s far more expensive to go to a Spurs game than it is to attend the symphony!” He concedes that marketing the symphony in a city like San Antonio can be challenging. “There’s a perception on the part of some that we have to reach out to every one of the million-plus citizens in this city in order to be successful. In fact, that is not the case. I believe we should focus more of our energies on the small percentage of those who already attend. We want those people who are prepared to challenge themselves, culturally and intellectually, to learn new things. We’re not doing anyone any favors if we reduce the level of sophistication of what we’re doing in an attempt to attract a wider audience.” And does the maestro feel that he has accomplished what he set out to when he arrived nearly a decade ago? “When it comes to the artistic side—building a technically outstanding orchestra, creating a distinct sound—I would say mission accomplished. I sincerely hope that this sense of artistic pride and technical excellence outlives my presence here. I won’t be here forever; we all have to move on from time to time. The challenge that remains, I believe, is to see the orchestra become more a part of our collective community pride.” When asked what personal characteristics have enabled him to be successful in what is admittedly a very exclusive and difficult career field, Sebastian points to a sense of incessant optimism.

“I have in the past possibly been a bit naïve about personal and professional relationships. I trust everyone at first, unless they give me a reason not to. And while I’ve been hurt several times in the past because of this, I do not want to see the world become a place where you have to assume the worst about people or you cannot trust people.” “So,” I said as our time drew to a close, “tell me something most people don’t know about you, something that has nothing to do with music.” “When I was in Tasmania (He also conducted an annual season in Sydney with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra), I began writing a crime novel. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but to do a good job of it requires the same level of seriousness that music has demanded of my life. The book has a long ways to go yet, but it’s always lurking there in the back of my mind.” We ended our conversation with a few closing thoughts and reflections on his decade spent in the Alamo City: “Keep going. Don’t let yourself wear down. Don’t let anyone get in your way or tell you you’re not in the right place. It’s good to rethink from time to time about why we’re here. Every person we meet, we meet for a good reason, so be thankful for all of these experiences. Music is enriching our culture. When you listen to a symphony or a concerto, your emotional peaks will be expanded. That’s what we work for. Our mission of expanding the audience’s emotional depth is the most important. It’s all about taking people to places they will never go without us.”

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by Zachary Boeding, Marketing Coordinator San Antonio Symphony

THE SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY Today, the San Antonio Symphony announced details of the 2019-20 season which will mark Sebastian Lang-Lessing’s 10th year as Music Director. The Classics Series will include 14 weeks of programs, open with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection,” and conclude with legendary master of the keyboard Yefim Bronfman as soloist for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. "The 2019-20 season is a season of transition,” stated Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. “I am telling a story with the concerts I conduct. This is a story of great artistic achievements and wonderful inspirational work with ‘my’ orchestra. I wanted to bring repertoire which reflects our work of the last decade. We opened the Tobin center with Mahler's ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. Five years later we have explored

the possibilities of this magnificent hall and made it our own. We celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday in a festival presenting, among other works, his rarely performed "The Creatures of Prometheus". My friend Kevork Mourad will visualize Beethoven's only ballet score in an innovative and captivating way. I invite you, the best audience we could ask for, to join me on this journey.” Other highlights of the season include Mozart’s haunting final masterwork, “Requiem,” all 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos performed over two evenings, the Dvořák Cello Concerto, and Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 4.

artistic highlights of our 80th season, we look forward to celebrating Sebastian and his significant artistic impact on the orchestra. This season is both a milestone in our history, and a time to look to the future and our next 80 years!” Several season ticket packages, each with deep discounts affording patrons savings equivalent to at least one free concert, are on sale now. Details are available at www. and packages may be purchased by calling the Tobin Center Box Office at (210) 223-8624, or visiting in person from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am – 2pm on Saturday. The 2019-2020 Season is generously presented by Frost.

San Antonio Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart said, “In addition to the major




H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, September 20, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Deanna Breiwick, soprano J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers John Silantien, director MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection”

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, November 8, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Kensho Watanabe, conductor Zoltán Fejérvári, piano RAVEL: Suite from Mother Goose BARTÓK: Concerto No. 3 in E Major for Piano and Orchestra RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35


H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, November 22, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00 p.m. David Danzmayr, conductor Eric Gratz, violin Ellie Dehn, soprano Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano Myles Mykkanen, tenor Alexander Dobson, baritone San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers John Silantien, director BARBER: Adagio for Strings WEILL: Concerto for Violin and Wind Instruments, Op. 12 MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K. 626

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Christian Reif, conductor San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers John Silantien, director BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 WAGNER: “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre BRAHMS: Song of Destiny, Op. 54 WAGNER: Selections from Die Meistersinger von Nüremburg

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Joshua Weilerstein, conductor Aaron Diehl, piano SHAW: Entr’acte for Strings GERSHWIN: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”


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TCHAIKOVSKY FIRST PIANO CONCERTO H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Olga Kern, piano SHOSTAKOVICH: Selections from The Gadfly TCHAIKOVSKY: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23 TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet OvertureFantasy




H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, February 21, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Ruth Reinhardt, conductor Andrei Ioniță, piano DVOŘÁK: Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105 STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, April 3, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Kevork Mourad, visual artist BEETHOVEN: Selections from The Creatures of Prometheus BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, May 15, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Roderick Cox, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, visual artist BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a MOZART: Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467 STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1947 Version)

MOZART AND RAVEL H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, March 13, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Brett Mitchell, conductor Angelo Xiang Yu, violin San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers John Silantien, director MAZZOLI: Holy Roller MOZART: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201 PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 63 RAVEL: Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé

SEDUCTIVE SPANISH GUITAR H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Marcelo Lehninger, conductor Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar Soprano soloist, TBD FALLA: Suite from The Three-Cornered Hat RODERIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 DEBUSSY, arr. Matthews: Les collines d’Anacapri and La puerta del vino RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome

BEETHOVEN: THE PIANO CONCERTOS H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Kirill Gerstein, piano Night One: Friday, April 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m. BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 1 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15 BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19 BEETHOVEN: Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72c BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58 Night Two: Saturday, April 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m. BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37 BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b BEETHOVEN: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73, “Emperor”

MAJESTIC BRUCKNER H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, May 22, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Anthony McGill, clarinet MOZART: Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622 BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, “Romantic”

BRONFMAN PLAYS RACHMANINOFF H-E-B Performance Hall, The Tobin Center Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020, 8:00 p.m. Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Yefim Bronfman, piano HIGDON: Work TBD RACHMANINOFF: Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 30 SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 *Details are subject to change.

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by Chef Jay Nash, The Dominion Country Club

MIXED GRILL ADDITIONS Spring time at Dominion Country Club is a great time to enjoy the club. The golf course is in growing season and club traditions and holiday brunches are in full swing. The culinary team combines tradition and innovation for new event menus and Mix Grill dining. Our newest additions to the Mix Grill menu feature a charcuterie platter (meant for sharing and will pair well with your favorite wines), an Epicurean Salad which was a member request from a popular wine dinner event menu, an Italian Sub, and Chicken Caprese with Pappardelle pasta entrée. The most popular dessert addition from Chef Judy is the Peanut Butter Mousse Torte. May also has a very popular Mother’s Day brunch, second only to Easter in attendance. The menu will feature member favorites such as Peach and Mascarpone French Toast and Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict. The brunch will have a full spring style menu with action stations, kid’s corner, and famous dessert selections. The event dining will be from 10am until 3pm. Be sure to set your reservations as seating fills quickly.

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JENNIFER WITTMAN Back in March we welcomed Jennifer to The Club as our newest fitness instructor. Her experience makes her a great addition and we are so excited to have her onboard. We wanted to get to know her a little better and thought you might too! Make sure you stop to say hello if you bump into her. Better yet… sign up for one of her classes!! How long have you lived in the Dominion? Are you from this area? I have lived in the Dominion about 2.5 years. I am originally from New York but have lived in Florida and New Jersey before making it to Texas. Can you tell us about your family? I don’t have a family or children - but the Dominion community is like an extended family. So many welcoming and warm smiles in the neighborhood, at the club, and in the gym. What made you get into the fitness industry? I first began group fitness in 1999 when I entered university. It was a healthy outlet away from the books. I began instructing at Bally Total Fitness in New York and again in New Jersey. As I gained experience in both group fitness and personal training, I entered the fitness competition realm. It was a wonderful experience that truly tests one’s discipline, commitment and resilience. I commend all fitness competitors that live the “lifestyle” of prepping meals, weighing food, endless hours in the gym as well as preparing to get on stage. After competing, I have even more passion to help others be their best whatever goals they have can become reality with a strong support network. Do you have any other hobbies outside of fitness? I enjoy traveling to new cities and countries, learning about the people, culture, architecture, art and cuisine. Next up on the itinerary is Cuba!


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GOOD READS by Ben Schooley

TO STOP A WARLORD rescue children from sex trafficking in the Svay Pak village of Cambodia was included in the 2005 Emmy awardwinning piece, “Children for Sale,” on Dateline. Sedgwick Davis has also written for The Huffington Post. Davis has just released her book, To Stop A Warlord. Late one night in the summer of 2010, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, a lawyer, human rights advocate, and Texas mom to two young boys, first met a Ugandan general to discuss an unconventional plan to stop Joseph Kony, a murderous warlord who’d terrorized communities in four countries across Central and East Africa.

Local Boerne High School alum Shannon Sedgewick Davis has done some pretty amazing things. An honors graduate from the Baylor Law School, Davis then served as Vice President of Geneva Global, a philanthropic consulting firm that advises individuals, foundations, non-profit organizations, and corporations on international development, global health, and poverty solutions. Previously, Sedgwick Davis was the Director of Public Affairs at the International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that focuses on ending slavery, forced prostitution, and illegal land seizures in the developing world. Her work in helping 48

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For twenty-five years, Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army had killed over a hundred thousand people, displaced millions, and abducted tens of thousands of children, forcing them to become child soldiers. After Sedgwick Davis met with survivors and community leaders, aid workers and lawmakers, it was clear that the current international systems were failing to protect the most vulnerable. Guided by the strength of her beliefs and convictions, Sedgwick Davis knew she had to help other parents to have the same right she had—to go to sleep each night knowing that their children were safe.

But Sedgwick Davis had no roadmap for how to stop a violent armed group. She would soon step far outside the bounds of traditional philanthropy and activism and partner her human rights organization, the Bridgeway Foundation, with a South African private military contractor and a specialized unit within the Ugandan army. The experience would bring her to question everything she had previously believed about her role as a humanitarian, about the meaning of justice, and about the very nature of good and evil. In To Stop a Warlord, Shannon Sedgwick Davis tells the story, for the first time, of the unprecedented collaboration she helped build with the aim of finally ending Joseph Kony’s war—and the unforgettable journey on an unexpected path to peace. A powerful memoir that reads like a thriller, this is a story that asks us just how hard we would fight for what we believe in. 100 percent of the author’s net proceeds from this book will go to organizations seeking justice and protection for civilians in conflict zones. Shannon Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world. As an attorney, activist, passionate advocate for social justice, Ms. Sedgwick Davis has guided Bridgeway Foundation in pioneering solutions to these seemingly intractable issues. More recently, Ms. Sedgwick Davis and the Bridgeway Foundation have been credited for their pivotal role in mobilizing awareness, civilian protection, and recovery efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, the first-ever indictee of the International Criminal Court.

FITNESS by Jessica Worthey


Dick has lost 45 lbs. He continues to get food from his nutritionist for healthy eating. He knows his body better and is making healthier choices so when he hits his goal weight he “will maintain, so help me God” his words.


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Ed has maintained his weight and continues to build muscle. He has been working out at least 3 times per week. He is playing golf. The yoga helps his back pain and flexibility. He has started juicing and plans to do a cleanse. Ed looks forward to living a healthy life!

Dave says” if Tiger can do it, he can do it with Jess’ help”. He has been attending yoga regularly. His balance is great. His flexibility has unquestionably improved. His back is doing better. He feels energetic and great!

Kayce has lost 8 lbs and is working out with Jess 4 times per week. She is eating healthier and lives a full energetic life. She is going to start a vegan cleanse and looks forward to the increased energy and weight loss it will bring. Kayce has natural flexibility which helps her yoga practice. She inspires her dad, Ed, to stay on his workout path to live their best life!

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G E TAWAY S by Ben Schooley


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Welcome To SUMMER! If there’s one thing that Texans know how to do, it’s put on a good ol’ fashioned festival. Whether it’s a simple parade down Main or a full blown carnival with a rodeo, we have events peppered throughout the Hill Country that provide some wonderful excuses to get out, soak up some small town culture, and make some memories. Below you’ll find many of our favorites that you should put on your calendar this summer season!

BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL June 7-9, 2019 Blanco, at Courthouse Square. Blanco is the Lavender Capital of Texas and holds a great “Lavender Festival” each June with vendors, displays, tours & entertainment. The entire town the surrounding countryside will be bathed in lavender during the Festival. The Lavender Market, on the grounds of the historic Blanco County Courthouse, is always a must-see highlight of the festival. Selected vendors and artists from across the Hill Country offer lavender-related pleasures and treasures from the finest craftsmen. with bows and arrows provided for use at this clinic, for children age 7 and older, and adults. Clinic held every Thursday in June & July. 830-833-5101

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Father’s Day weekend It doesn’t have to be October for people to gather and celebrate German culture in Boerne! The Boerne Berges Fest proves that! A 3-day family friendly German heritage festival on Father’s Day weekend. The Boerne Berges Festival is one of the City of Boerne’s biggest festivals, attracting people from all over Texas. The Fest boasts music from one of Texas’s best German folk bands, further, there will also be the Berges Fest Parade, dachshund races, carnival rides for people of all ages, and much much more! What’s more, general admission for the Boerne Berges Festival is FREE and everyone is invited to attend.

July 3, 2019 Bulverde, at Jumbo Evans Sports Park, Jumbo Evans Blvd. 6-10p. Cost: Free. Annual event. Fireworks, live music, vendors, fun activities for kids, food and drink booths.

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS July 4, 2019 Marble Falls, at First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Dr (not at Lakeside Park this year because of construction). Live music, vendors, and children’s activities. A small, family-friendly outdoor festival with live music from 4-9p. Admission is free, but vendors will be selling food and shaved ice, and drinks. In addition to the fireworks show, the city will hold a free party from noon-7 on July 4 at the city pool, 305 Buena Vista Dr, with free ice cream, snacks, and prizes.

NIGHT IN OLD FREDERICKSBURG July 20, 2019 Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. 3p-12:30a. Celebrate years of Gemutlichkeit! German and Texas entertainment and family fun. Whether it’s Polka and Country & Western you like, this is your Festival! Pavilion Dance Halle, Fest Bier Halle, Food Courts, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, domino tournament, goat roping, chili cook-off, kids area, and more. Annual event. 830-997-2359.

GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOW Aug 22-25, 2019 Fredericksburg, at Gillespie County Fairgrounds, 530 Fair Dr off TX-16, 2 mi S of town. This is the Grand Daddy of them all, and brings four action filled days and nights at the “oldest, continuously running county fair in Texas”. Whether it’s the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits, or the arts & crafts, the thrill of horse racing or dancing under the hill country sky to the country show of a nationally known performer, this weekend is sure to bring smiles to the entire family. 830-997-2359.

KENDALL COUNTY FAIR, STOCK SHOW & RODEO Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019 Boerne, Kendall County Fair Grounds, 1307 River Road. Annual event with a Queens contest, rodeo, live entertainment, parade, carnival, food & drinks booths. Display of the best agricultural products and livestock from Kendall County and surrounding area. 210-834-1282.

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19 CHAUMONT Magnificent Dominion estate situated on a private cul-de-sac green belt lot. Exquisitely designed boasting only the finest appointments throughout to include black walnut / travertine floors, custom ceiling details with hand carved beams. T h e D o m i n i o n -M a g a z i n e . c o m


Chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances Wolf / Sub-Zero, gas cooking, large double granite islands. Master retreat with patio access, sitting room and spa-like bath. Spacious guest bedrooms all complete with en-suite bathrooms and large walk-in closets. Resort style living outdoors with extensive hard decking, covered patio & full summer kitchen. Seamless indoor, outdoor living with private courtyard pool & spa with water features.


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For more information or to schedule a showing of this property, contact Binkan Cinaroglu 1-210-241-4550 4 Dominion Drive, Building 2 San Antonio, TX 78257

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STUDENT PROFILE by Tiffany Usher

Aaron Rivera

Many of you attended the Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Club. We heard lots of great stories about how nice the evening was and that the food was amazing. But what we were hearing over and over again was how talented the young violinist was that played for our members. If you were there, you surely remember him. If you weren’t, allow us to introduce you to Aaron Rivera. Aaron is a sophomore at Boerne High School and his talent is well beyond his 15 years. At the age of 4, he asked his mother for a drum set. Instead, she presented him with a violin. His first instructor did not teach him to read sheet music, but rather to feel the music. Aaron has participated in the school orchestra as well as a short time in the San Antonio Youth Orchestra. He chose not to continue in the San Antonio Youth Orchestra because he prefers to play more modern as opposed to classical music. His rendition of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” is incredible! In addition to his musical abilities, Aaron is a dedicated student. He loves performing and music will always be a part of his life, but he has big plans after college. His goal is to attend an Ivy League school and go on to become a plastic surgeon. In the midst of all the attention for his achievements, he remains humble. He and his family attend Oak Hills Church and he states “everything I do and all of my talents are not my own, but from God”. Aaron has been and will continue playing local private and public events over the summer. If you see him, make sure to stop and say hi!


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A R T E V E N T S - M AY

American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through May 19 $5-$10 Organized by the McNay, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings explores the ingenuity and innovation of postwar America. This period, known as America’s Golden Age, witnessed the explosion of Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and Op art; the mass production of automobiles; and increased wealth and consumerism. The exhibition presents 10 classic cars as modern sculpture, alongside paintings from the McNay’s collection and select loans. McNay Art Museum 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209San Antonio (210) 824-5368


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Hamilton May 7-13 Prices Vary

The biggest Broadway show since The Book of Mormon has hit the road on its first ever national tour! Written by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a true landmark of American culture, tearing up the musical theatre rulebook with a score that is equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G., and a cast of ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers. The story centers on Alexander Hamilton, one of our most important (and colorful) characters, who rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today. Majestic Theatre 224 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205 800-215-7469

San Antonio Opera presents Faust May 9 7:30 pm May 11, 7:30 pm $28 - $199

Goethe’s Faust is young again thanks to his pact with the devil. After Faust seduces the beautiful and tender Marguerite, their journey spirals to its tragic conclusion caught between heaven and hell. Gounod’s sweeping opera defines French Romantic music in Francesca Zambello’s legendary production, designed by Houston painter Earl Staley. The opera will be sung in French with English titles above the stage. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205

San Antonio Potters Guild Annual Spring Clay and Arts Festival and Sale

May 11 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (402) 380-5064 Email: Free Guests are invited to spend the day at the Spring Clay and Art Festival in the West Courtyard of the San Antonio Museum of Art to discover beautiful ceramic, glass and fiber art work by local artists. Adding to the fun are a raffle, music, food vendors, and a children’s activities area with hand building, face painting, and “broken pottery” mosaics. San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio San Antonio, TX 78215

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical May 15 7:30 p.m. $34.50, $49.50, $64.50, and $89.50

This "winning adaptation" (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling DisneyHyperion novel by Rick Riordan, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is "electrifying!" (Newsday). The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.

Cinderella May 16 and 17 7:00 p.m. $25

Join the talented cast of the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio in our magical production of Cinderella! Cast members bring to life the enchantment of this classic story, complete with a wicked step-mother, clumsy stepsisters, a fairy-god mother, and of course a handsome prince! Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, TX 78205

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May 3

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK FREDERICKSBURG Tour fine art galleries offering special exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and extended viewing hours the first Friday of every month. Various locations. 830-9976523;

May 4

RODS AT RILEY’S CAR SHOW This is a classic car and hot rod meet with live music. The event is free, and food is available all afternoon for purchase. Classic cars, hot rods, and motorcycles welcome. Riley’s Tavern, 8894 FM 1102. 512-392-3132;

May 4-5

HERITAGE HOME TOURS Enjoy this multi-day event featuring selfguided tours of some of San Marcos’ historic homes and culturally significant sites. This is the only weekend these homes are open for tours. The 2019 theme is “Rooms with a View,” and homes feature stunning views and landscape designs. Various locations. 512393-5930;


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May 10-11

JAZZ AND ART ON MAIN This event includes live jazz music; food vendors; arts-and-craft booths featuring paintings, mixed media, sculptures, woodwork, and glasswork; and handmade items. Come out and have a great time listening to live music and shopping for unique handmade arts and crafts. Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St. 512-4015500;

May 11

ART WADDLE Stroll, ride bikes, and picnic along Cibolo Creek while viewing paintings, illustrations, jewelry, pottery, and sculptures, hosted by neighbors in their yards in The Flats of Boerne. Works by more than 70 artists are for sale, and the event helps support scholarships to Summer Art Camp at the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm. The Flats Of Boerne, 204 W. San Antonio Ave. 210-3256390;

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WIMBERLEY GARDEN TOUR The 24th annual Wimberley Garden Club tour, “Nature’s Palette,” showcases seven unique residential gardens. Local artists from the Wimberley Valley Art League demonstrate their creative processes, plus show and sell their work. Learn how to build a trough garden incorporating Texas native plants. Wimberley Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 14100 RR 12. 512-636-0974;

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PARAMOUNT THEATRE ANNIVERSARY GALA WITH THE B-52S The Paramount Theatre and friends will toast the 104th year of the historic theatre with an unforgettable evening of entertainment and fundraising as this year’s 1960s theme brings together riotous music, nonstop dancing, incredible food, and of course, amazing com-munity support. Setting the musical tone is The B-52s, who will ignite the party with favorites like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” followed by Skyrocket! in the afterparty tent. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. 512-474-1221;

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TEXAS FLOWER COUNTRY WOMEN’S 5K AND 10K RUN/WALK Run or walk through the fields of beautiful Wildseed Farms. After finishing the 5K or 10K course, runners can enjoy the farm’s scenic grounds and enjoy post-race champagne, a meal, craft beer, wine tasting, free massages, live music, and fabulous shopping at the boutiques of Wildseed Farms. Wildseed Farms, 100 Legacy Drive. flower

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MOON DANCE CONCERT SERIES BYOB, chair, and picnic for a concert beneath the Texas stars. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road. 830-249-4616; visitboerne. org

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CONCERT IN THE CAVE–AXIOM STRING QUARTET A concert in the cave is a musical experience unlike any other. Immerse yourself in the natural acoustics of the Queen’s Throne Room. Cave With-out A Name, 325 Kreutzberg Road. 830 -537-4212; visitboerne. org

ALEX MEIXNER IN CONCERT Enjoy this high-energy polka party featuring classic German tunes, sprinkled with Alex’s one-of-a-kind take on Billboard hits. Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten, 148 S. Castell Ave. 830625-2807;

CAMERATA SAN ANTONIO CONCERT Enjoy a chamber music concert inspired by the strength of the human spirit in the face of the depths of human cruelty, featuring violinist Anastasia Parker, violist Emily Freudigman, cellist Ken Freudigman, and pianist Viktor Valkov. University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway. 210-4929519;

May 15-19

TEJANO CONJUNTO FESTIVAL The 38th annual festival is the first and longest-running conjunto festival in the country. The festival continues the cultural tradition of this uniquely South Texas musical genre by featuring more than 30 of the best, most-popular, and emerging bands from across the state, country, and world. An art contest, call for literature, seniors dance, and a special Hall of Fame inauguration round out the popular festival. Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. 210-271-3151; T h e D o m i n i o n -M a g a z i n e . c o m


DA AG by Louan LeDoux


Elizabeth is a beautiful and gentle two-year old mother who was taken in by Dominion Animal Advocates Group (DAAG) just in time to deliver her kittens. She and her six precious kittens will soon be available for adoption. DAAG is grateful to our foster families and donors who make it possible for us to assist homeless pets like Elizabeth and her kittens. All DAAG foster cats are neutered, vaccinated, combo tested, and microchipped prior to adoption. Contact DAAG at (210) 854-8055 or if you are interested in adopting one of these cats or in fostering for DAAG.


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