Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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This week, Opera San Antonio brings its second major production of the season to the stage of the Tobin Center, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Opera San Antonio has assembled a cast that conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing says is “to die for,” headed by Dolora Zajick as Azucena (in the role that launched her career back in the 1980s). It’s also worth noting that two Texas voices will be on stage as well, Thomas Soto and Kara Smoot, in small roles.

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Tenor David Portillo has gone from the west side of San Antonio to the Metropolitan Opera, and returned home in late February for a recital at the Tuesday Musical Club, as well as workshops with area students. Nearly 200 people attended the 2 p.m. concert on Feb. 23 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, which included a healthy helping of Spanish-language favorites, as well as an aria from one of Portillo’s dream roles, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love.

San Antonio Book Festival

There's a festival this Saturday downtown that's unlike every other the city has to offer. It’s the San Antonio Book Festival and Katy Flato is its executive director. What can you expect if you go?

"The main thing you can expect is to hear a lot of really talented, smart people telling wonderful stories."

The festival continues to grow, but the power of good storytelling is still at its core. 

Bill Fitzgibbons

The San Antonio skyline is about to change dramatically, and it's not going to take a year or two. In fact, it's pretty much going to happen instantly.  Bill Fitzgibbons is a Light Sculpturist, and he's the artist behind the change. 

"The switch is thrown this Thursday, sometime between 8:15 and 8:30."

You may know Fitzgibbons' colorful, cycling lights beneath I-37 at Commerce Street. Now he's turned his creativity skyward. 

"This particular building is the second tallest building in the downtown skyline. And it's a very interesting architecture."

"Ca nous fait swinguer" — love that swing, says an aficionado at the Dakar Goree Jazz Festival as the tempo shifts from Senegalese jazz to salsa and blues. Aissatou Niang says she's enchanted and delighted with the performances.

Other festivalgoers concur, smiling. They're attending the second edition of a burgeoning jazzfest in Dakar last month that brought together musicians from Senegal, the U.S. and beyond.

The festival is the brainchild of Amadou Koly Niang, a Senegalese man who fell in love with jazz in his teens.