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The Shining was Stephen King's first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick's film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera — and its creators want it to be even more terrifying than the book or the movie.

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Sometimes even a beautiful new concert hall isn’t enough to bring ‘em in. What can you do? For some members of the San Antonio Symphony, the answer is to take the show to the people.

“The Tobin is of course an amazing venue, but there’s a lot of space between us and [the audience], and also maybe a little bit of intimidation that such a nice concert hall puts on the listener,” explains symphony cellist Ryan Murphy. “We can’t even see individual faces a lot of the time.”

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Even though he’ll be appearing this summer at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, for cellist Lachezar Kostov, his Tuesday Musical Club recital on April 12 at Christ Episcopal Church served as a sweet farewell to San Antonio, where he has served as a member of the San Antonio Symphony since 2013. Kostov has accepted a position with the Baltimore Symphony beginning in the fall.

James Baker

If you listen to much opera you have surely run across performances from Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Located in the city of Bologna, Italy, the theater is in many ways the cultural heart of the city. The current theater was not the first opera house in Bologna; previous houses faded due to disuse, or in other instances burned to the ground. That was the fate of the theater which preceded the present day Teatro Comunale.

Eric Green

The San Antonio Symphony's Classic Series continues this weekend.  Akiko Fujimoto associate conducts the symphony, and is looking forward to this weekend's performance.

"I will be conducting the upcoming Classics program. It's an all-French program with music from Delius, Bizet, Saint-Saens and Franck."

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