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Morgan Ford, FPC Media Coordinator

A downtown church has an interesting way of marking the holiday season, and helping downtowners relax. First Presbyterian does so  in a series of events precisely-titled Midday Noels.

Phil Houseal

This weekend at the University of Texas at San Antonio, they're playing holiday music, but with a twist.

"This weekend we kick off our Winterlude Concerts," says UTSA's Gene Dowdy. "Winterlude is a time of the season for the UTSA Music Department to share the spirit of the season with the community in a series of concerts.  They begin this Sunday with  a 3 p.m. performance, that'll be repeated Monday night at 7:30."

Joyce DiDonato is one of the most acclaimed opera singers of her generation; this year, she won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Her latest album, In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music, is a collection of baroque arias from the 17th and 18th centuries divided into two sections — one addressing war, the other, peace.