Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Setting The Tone In Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras
Matt Evans

They're about to make some great holiday music, but it’s a group of decidedly younger musicians than most. They’re the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and their Executive Director is Matt Evans.

“We have about a 142 kids this year. And the coolest thing about all that is that all the kids attend and participate free of any registration cost.”

Evans said the nonprofit raises all costs through grants and community donors.

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Movie Reviews
5:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Epic Over Heart: Ridley Scott's "Exodus"

Credit 20th Century Fox

 

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sleigh Bells Will Be Ringing In Seguin's Holiday Concert

David Mairs
Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Weekend Chamber Choir Events Promise Big Music, Holiday Cheer

More musical holiday cheer is coming your way, and it’s coming by way of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is a superb group of singers that is joined together by their love and passion for music.”

Rick Bjella knows; he’s their Music Director. This weekend, they have a pair of holiday-themed events. 

“On Saturday, Dec. 13, we have a performance at the chapel at Oblate School of Theology, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, our premiere performance at the Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center.”

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Arts & Culture
8:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Of Families, Legacy, And The True Spirit Of Christmas

Los Pastores cast
Lee Wilder at National Parks Service Mission San Jose

It’s a passion play with roots that go beyond the borders of Texas, far beyond even Mexico. It’s called Los Pastores.

“It actually originated from the Franciscan Friars from Spain.”

That's the play's Assistant Director, Deborah Covarrubias-Barcenez.  

“They brought it to the New World, to Mexico, to teach the indigenous people the nativity story. And from Mexico is was brought to Texas, to here in San Antonio, in 1910 to our parish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.”

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Are You Getting Enough Sax This Holiday Season?

Holiday Saxophones last year
courtesy of the Guadalupe

It’s another of those nowhere-but-San-Antonio holiday traditions, and they’ve been doing it for a long time.

“We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Saxophones at the Guadalupe Theater.”

If the title Holiday Saxophones doesn’t explain it, the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center’s Belinda Menchaca will.

“We have 14 of the best jazz musicians in San Antonio playing holiday favorites, as well as just some awesome jazz tunes.”

Who’s performing? Here’s a partial list.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Holiday Spirit And Live Music Served Free, Lunch A Little Extra

Organ at First Presbyterian Church downtown
courtesy First Presbyterian Church

If you’re looking to stoke your holiday spirit, these should do it. They're called Midday Noels, and they happen this and next Thursday.

“Midday Noels is a concert series.”

Tom Dooling is Music Director for First Presbyterian Church.

“[It’s] a way to give folks a way to hear short concerts in the middle of their day, especially for folks who are on a lunch break downtown.”

You can walk over to the church at noon and get a great big dose of live Christmas music.

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Arts & Culture
7:41 am
Tue December 9, 2014

A Holiday Tradition Closing In Grand, Final Performance

Voci Di Sorrelle, Ruth Moreland at bottom right
Abby Prescott

A classic vocal ensemble in San Antonio is calling it a day.

“This is the farewell performance for Voci Di Sorrelle, and it’s the twelfth Christmas Concert that we’ve given.”

Ruth Moreland created Voci 11 years ago, but several members’ lives have changed substantially in that time.

“It was just time to say farewell,” she explains.

And they’re saying goodbye in the form of a holiday concert, at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at the University.

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Arts & Culture
11:19 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

AtticRep And SOLI Want To Dance With You

Hot on the heels of SOLI Chamber Ensemble's collaboration with the community for a performance of Terry Riley's liberating work "In C" comes another opportunity for you to take the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Blind Boys Of Alabama Set To Move You At The Tobin Center

Blind Boys of Alabama
Courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama

A soulful music group is coming to the Tobin Center next week. Turns out, they’ve been touring quite a while. “The group went on the road in 1944. June 10, 1944."

That’s a long time!

“Yeah, it’s been about 70 years.”

The band is Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time Grammy Award-winning group. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie plays the drums, and has been singing with them for many a decade, and celebrated four Grammy Awards along the way with them.

“I’ve been working with the Blind Boys for about 40 years.”

They mix up gospel and soulful pop music.  

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