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Texas Public Radio Classical Music blog and other stories.

What will Bill Murray do next?

The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.

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A long-time San Antonio holiday tradition may soon disappear. That tradition is the San Antonio Symphony providing the music for Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

"Yes, it appears that the San Antonio Symphony for the first time since probably the 1960s will not be in the pit for the 2017 production with Ballet San Antonio," says symphony musician Craig Sorgi.

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

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It’s been a year since the San Antonio Symphony took some dramatic steps to make the organization financially stable. So how is the symphony doing now? 

In March 2016, the symphony announced it would balance its budget by reducing the number of performances.  Musicians agreed to a three week furlough -- time off without pay.  San Antonio Symphony CEO David Gross didn't like having to make that move. 

"Having been a musician I understand the sacrifice. Sebastian and myself took similar reductions in our pay," Gross says.

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In 2003 and 2004, Texas Public Radio’s James Baker and Kathy Couser produced a multi-part series on the art of the American Popular Song, focusing on great composers and lyricists like George & Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Exhaustively researched and exquisitely produced, the shows were only broadcast once.

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