Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Stewart Copeland drummed for the wildly popular '80s and '90s group The Police. Now he's back in San Antonio on a decidedly different beat. He's written a concerto called The Tyrant's Crush , and he says writing a score for an orchestra is tougher than making rock-n-roll.

I grew up a fan of National League ball thanks to the Houston Astros. Even though they’ve now defected to the American League, I still hold a place in my heart for NL teams, so I’ve been rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. And while the both the Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras have long storied histories with many, many great recordings to their credit, I was delighted to see Cleveland bring their ‘A’ game to Game Seven for a Classical World Series win. Members of the...

Nathan Cone

Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne was forthright in the description of her recent recital for the Tuesday Musical Club . “I’m from Quebec, we tell the truth no matter what!” she joked, before explaining that her program was made up largely of already-familiar-to-her repertoire because she’s in between debut roles in two different opera companies. It was to the audience’s benefit, though. Boulianne possessed a beautiful control of her voice, both in melody and volume for the hall, Laurel Heights...

Page Graham

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio continues its recent theme of interpreting classical music through a rock-n-roll filter. The recent passing of rock legend David Bowie made Troy Peters think something had to be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMYPrb_MG6I Marcel Khalife is a Lebanese composer, singer and innovator on his instrument, the lute-like oud. Khalife performed his first concerts amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings in Beirut during Lebanon's civil war. Now, 40 years later, he is one of the most prolific figures in Arabic music. Khalife's new album, Andalusia Of Love , combines classical, jazz and folk idioms with poetry to create a provocative new work. Khalife sings with a kind...

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