Christmas

Famed soprano Renee Fleming has performed numerous times at the Metropolitan Opera, she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl and shes won several Grammy awards for her classical recordings. But until this year, Fleming had not made a holiday album. Now shes released Christmas in New York , where she collaborates with musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright. Fleming told Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson that the city of New York provided inspiration for...

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.” The Spanish...

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 30 th 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. “George Prado,...

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. On one side, the Defenders of Reality . More than 17 million real Christmas trees are harvested in the U.S. every year, according to The Washington Post. The National Christmas Tree Association — representing natural trees — puts the number a lot higher. The group...

courtesy First Presbyterian Church

If you’re looking to stoke your holiday spirit, these should do it. They're called Midday Noels, and they happen this and next Thursday. “Midday Noels is a concert series.” Tom Dooling is Music Director for First Presbyterian Church. “[It’s] a way to give folks a way to hear short concerts in the middle of their day, especially for folks who are on a lunch break downtown.” You can walk over to the church at noon and get a great big dose of live Christmas music. “Right. Absolutely free...

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