The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.
Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:
"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.
Over forty years ago, a young family band came together to sing the local pub in County Donegal, owned by Moya and Enya Brennan’s father. Clannad’s sound was essentially Irish, underscored by the fact that they also sang in Gaelic. The native language was extensively spoken in North Western Ireland, but was considered a commercial death knell for anyone hoping to find success in the music industry. So when “The Theme From Harry’s Game,” sung exclusively in Irish, entered the British pop charts at number five, a glass ceiling shattered.
The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio was formed in 2008, and though the group's history is a short one, their November 7 event at the San Antonio Museum of Art has a 100-year time time frame. The event celebrates composer Benjamin Britten.
"People all over the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth," said Paul Montalvo, the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.
Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about horns and devils that don't necessarily go together...
The smells of all kinds of meat will be wafting through the Pearl complex this Sunday with an unusual event called Meatopia. Meatopia is centered around a huge variety of meats all being cooked for attendees by those who do it best. Chef John Tesar out of Dallas is here to cook, and he’s not alone.
"Thirty-two chefs preparing all different cuts of meat. I am preparing bison," Tesar said.
Bison? What makes Bison worth sinking your teeth into?
"Annelies" is a music event unlike perhaps any you've been to before. It's the story of Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis with her family for three years in an Amsterdam attic. They were eventually found and all died in Bergen-Belsen concentration Camp.
Left behind though, was her diary, which revealed her intelligence and humanity in a particularly inhumane situation. It served as a catalyst for movies, and as San Antonio Mastersinger Chancey Blackburn explains, a piece of music.
Dallas Buyers Club is based on the story of Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy and electrician, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. With the latest drugs still in the trial phase, he was told he didn't have long to live. Without access to possibly life-prolonging drugs, he sought out alternative treatments in Mexico and smuggled those drugs into the U.S., forming a buyers club for fellow HIV patients.
With all the Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in town, there’s one other you may have missed. Diwali extols the victory of good over evil. It also celebrates Indian culture -- the kind that comes from India. Kausi Subramanium explains:
"Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hemisfair Park," Subramanium said. "We will have live music and dancing -- dancealongs where our guests can participate in Bhangra, Garbha, as well as Bollywood Zumba."