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Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

Jul 11, 2015
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Time now for some "Talkin' Birds."


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It's a bird show. I like that. I love birds.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds.

Oklahoma! was the first musical that the celebrated team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote together. On the surface, it tells the story of a young woman (Laurey) deciding whether to go to a party with a dangerous, lonely farmhand (Jud) or a nice, young cowboy (Curly).


A recurring San Antonio music festival is about to kick off. It’s got an odd name and origin, but it's grown and thrived as it has played out. It's called the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and if you're wondering what the heck that is, its founder Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio laughs, then elaborates.

“It’s a chamber music festival that I started 19 years ago when I moved from Cleveland to San Antonio.”

Tim Burton's shadowy tales have taken audiences from a pastel suburban paradise in Edward Scissorhands to the dark streets of Gotham City in Batman.

Accompanying Burton's strange worlds are the mysterious and unforgettable scores by composer Danny Elfman. Over the last 30 years, the two have forged an iconic partnership.