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Jazz great Wynton Marsalis, a virtuoso trumpet player and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has written — wait for it — a violin concerto.

As the daughter of the late virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, I was intrigued and wanted to know more. So I spent an hour with Marsalis — and the violinist he wrote his concerto with and for. (More on that later.)

Natalia Ferreira

A world class guitarist is coming to San Antonio on Friday. UTSA's director of guitar program Matt Dunne says Berta Rojas is highly acclaimed.  

U.S. Army

For decades, military bands have served as a bridge between the armed forces and the public. During the 1950s through the 1970s, one such band was stationed here in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston. This Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Fort Sam’s current musical ensemble, the 323d Army Band, welcomes up to 60 former members of the U.S. 4th Army Band, about 20 of whom will join the Fort Sam’s own for a performance that is free and open to the public.

What defines America? There's been a lot of talk about that this election season. Pianist Lara Downes has a musical answer in her upcoming album America Again. To be released Oct. 28, it's a smartly programmed, wide-ranging anthology of solo piano works by American composers past and present; male and female; straight and gay; rich and poor; white, black and Latino.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has canceled concerts through the end of the year due to the ongoing musicians' strike.