Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Jack Morgan

It's a big weekend with outstanding weather predicted. I've found that great music, free trees,  and Kinky Boots are on the horizon. First off, starting tonight, music from some of the biggest black entertainers of the recent past. The Carver Cultural Center's Teresa Vasquez-Romero:

"Etta James, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington."

Los Angeles Times


It was my good fortune to cultivate a friendship with the composer Daniel Catán. I knew Daniel primarily through his music, having first encountered it in 1982 while I was working as an orchestra musician in Mexico City. It was a freelance gig, known in Mexico as a hueso, and involved performance of a skillfully made pastorela, a Christmas pageant. I was impressed by what he had written, though when I reminded him of it years later he dismissed it as an early work, not yet matured. Daniel was like that, a man with high expectations while at the same time all too aware of the vagaries of the music business.

Josh Huskin

The Tobin Center will ring with music this weekend as the Las Americas Festival continues. 

"Friday and Saturday I'll be performing Barber's Violin Concerto with the Symphony," said San Antonio Symphony Concert Master Eric Gratz. "A very eclectic mix this year. The festival features many composers--Bernstein, Copeland, Piazzolla--and so this is Barber, the All-American Concerto."

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released.

On Saturday, January 23, area middle and high school students took to the stage of the McAllister Auditorium to share sounds, pictures, and words inspired by listening to KPAC 88.3 FM. TPR's annual talent competition featured four categories: Solo Musician, Musical Ensemble, Visual Art, and Written Word.