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Christine Lamprea remembers plucking the Brahms E Minor Sonata off the rack at Southern Music and taking it to her first lesson with Ken Freudigman, principal cellist with the San Antonio Symphony and a private cello instructor in town. She was just a freshman in high school.

Bill Murray has come a long way since his early days as Nick the Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live. He made screwball comedies like Caddy Shack and Stripes. Then he made serious films, like Lost in Translation.

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SOLI Chamber Ensemble, San Antonio’s forward-thinking new music group, is returning to its small-venue roots this season with a series of intimate performances at Jazz, TX. For each of its performances, it will spend one night at the Pearl Brewery venue, and another night at its home base of Ruth Taylor Concert Hall on the Trinity University campus.

“Drinks help the music sound better,” jokes Ertan Torgul, the group’s violinist. “It's kind of a relaxed atmosphere.”

What does it take to be an opera superstar? Jonas Kaufmann should know. He's been called "the world's greatest tenor."

Kaufmann has the voice. He's also got the onstage charisma, the movie-star good looks, the ambition, even a little controversy — and a brand new album.

Musical Bridges Around the World

One of San Antonio's longer musical traditions starts up again this Sunday, and the place it's happening seems to affect everyone.

"It's a striking hallowed space, and it never fails, when artists set foot in that space for the first time, the impact that it has," says Suhail Arastu. He's talking about San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio, where the concert is taking place. This performance is a special one.

"Musical Bridges' 20th Anniversary kicks off on Sunday, October first at 7PM at the Cathedral San Fernando."

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