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The dog days of summer are filled with great music! Don’t believe me? Head to the University of the Incarnate Word this week, where the sixth annual Mozart Festival Texas is taking place.

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When composer James Horner died in a single-passenger plane crash in June, 2015, it was a sad end to an award-winning career of memorable music. As author Tim Greiving writes in his liner notes to the new Intrada Records release of “The Rocketeer,” it’s a sad bit of poetry that one of Horner’s most memorable themes perfectly evokes the feeling of flight that Horner so dearly loved.

Join TPR At Tenor Andrea Bocelli's Concert On December 8

Jul 15, 2016

Famed tenor Andrea Bocelli is bringing his voice to Texas this December. He’ll be performing at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center on Thursday, December 8.

Texas Public Radio is organizing an evening trip to Austin to attend the concert, and you’re invited. We’ll meet at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Santikos Rialto, then travel by motor coach from San Antonio, enjoying a catered boxed dinner and beverages along the way. Our group will see the concert, then return home to San Antonio.

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Terry Teachout, writing in this week's Wall Street Journal, provides a strong argument that it's time to give another listen to certain American composers of the mid-20th century. He refers to "America's forgotten great composers," and he's very specific in citing a quartet of composers who were active over a span from 1940-1970. A casual listener to classical music may not recognize any of these men, yet they were quite well known in their day.

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