Christmas

Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

Famed soprano Renee Fleming has performed numerous times at the Metropolitan Opera, she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl and she’s won several Grammy awards for her classical recordings. But until this year, Fleming had not made a holiday album.

Now she’s released “Christmas in New York,” where she collaborates with musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

Lee Wilder at National Parks Service Mission San Jose

It’s a passion play with roots that go beyond the borders of Texas, far beyond even Mexico. It’s called Los Pastores.

“It actually originated from the Franciscan Friars from Spain.”

That's the play's Assistant Director, Deborah Covarrubias-Barcenez.  

“They brought it to the New World, to Mexico, to teach the indigenous people the nativity story. And from Mexico is was brought to Texas, to here in San Antonio, in 1910 to our parish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.”

courtesy of the Guadalupe

It’s another of those nowhere-but-San-Antonio holiday traditions, and they’ve been doing it for a long time.

“We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Holiday Saxophones at the Guadalupe Theater.”

If the title Holiday Saxophones doesn’t explain it, the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center’s Belinda Menchaca will.

“We have 14 of the best jazz musicians in San Antonio playing holiday favorites, as well as just some awesome jazz tunes.”

Who’s performing? Here’s a partial list.

When it comes to Christmas trees, which kind of symbol do you prefer — real or artificial? In recent stat-studded news stories, Americans seem to be conflicted, but leaning toward artificiality.

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