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The Austin City Limits Music Festival will feature artists from around the world this weekend and next, but there is a dearth of Latino and Latina fronted music acts. That grabbed the attention of ¡Ahora Si! editor Liliana Valenzuela, who says her Spanish language news publication has no reason to cover the festival this year.

Roger Duran

When a local symphony takes the stage on Sunday, it will be for the first time ever.  Artistic Director Ronnie Sanders says this orchestra has just been created over the past few months.

"The South Texas Symphonic Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra, made up of trained musicians who want to play just for the love of music," he says.

As you might expect, there's some symbolism behind Sander's choice of music for the first concert.

Jack Morgan

The Symphony of the Hills opens its fall performance season Thursday in Kerrville, and they're starting out with a bang.

"The first concert, Wild Wild West, is music inspired by the frontier spirit."

Music Director Gene Dowdy appears to be really looking forward to the concert.

Amado Muro was a writer who told the stories of the downtrodden and forgotten.  He is considered by some a great Mexican writer, despite the fact that Amado Muro was a white man from Cleveland – Chester Seltzer.  He married a Mexican woman and adopted her name, Amada Muro, as a pseudonym.  A newspaperman, Chester frequently traveled the U.S. and Mexico to live with the people whose lives he recreated on paper. 

Robert Seltzer is Chester Seltzer’s son.  His book, “Amado Muro and Me:  A Tale of Honesty and Deception” shares his memories as a 10-year-old of his father.    He says his father’s preferred mode of travel during his outings was freight train. 

Kate L Photography

Christine Lamprea remembers plucking the Brahms E Minor Sonata off the rack at Southern Music and taking it to her first lesson with Ken Freudigman, principal cellist with the San Antonio Symphony and a private cello instructor in town. She was just a freshman in high school.

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