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Some say the holidays aren't complete without seeing a production of Messiah. This year, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's (YOSA) Troy Peters guest conducts the San Antonio Symphony's Messiah production. He says the tradition is warranted.

Kerrville's Symphony of the Hills puts on its annual Holiday Concert Thursday night.  Artistic Director Gene Dowdy says this one is not one to miss.

Music writer Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about her love for “Symphony from the New World” by Antonin Dvorak.

Dvorak, who was Czech, wrote it in 1893 while in the U.S. leading a conservatory and studying American folk music. It’s become a famous musing on what “home” means, and what “American-ness” sounds like.


With a whistle and a guitar, Ennio Morricone changed film and music history. Sergio Leone, a director with only one feature to his credit and a couple of gigs polishing up other pictures, called upon the composer to score his new-fangled Western, “A Fistful of Dollars,” loosely based on the Akira Kurosawa film “Yojimbo,” which itself was based on an American noir by Dashiell Hammett.

What Makes A Great Marching Band?

Nov 22, 2016

In Trumbull, Connecticut, Trumbull High School’s Golden Eagle Marching Band performs every weekend, from early September through November. Parent Michael Noe said parents raised $10,000 for an 18-wheel trailer, to help with all of the hauling.

“There is really a lot of gear… all the band, all of the uniforms, all the stuff that comes with 130, 140 kids,” Noe said.