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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."

Kristian Jaime

The Alamo City Opera's first event of their season is this weekend and  you might be surprised at it. The surprise is in how little it sounds like a regular opera.

"It is a really fun concept for an opera. The opera unfolds a night in Joe's Bar where they have a weekly speed-dating event."

Music Director Kristin Roach seems to really be having fun with it.

"Each of the characters in this show comes forward and introduces themselves to somebody sitting across the table from them."

U.S. Army

Earlier this summer, the Army announced it was deactivating the “Fort Sam’s Own,” the 323d Army Band, that has been stationed at Fort Sam Houston since 1995. The band’s purpose, historically, has been to tell the Army’s story by building bridges with the public through music. In 2019, that mission will come to an end—for now, says Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Ward, leader of the 323d.

We Shall Not Be Moved is a new opera that takes its name from both the old spiritual-turned-civil-rights anthem and the Philadelphia black liberation group, MOVE. That group might be best-remembered for a 1985 tragedy: A police helicopter bombed the MOVE house, and the resulting fire killed 11 people and destroyed 62 homes in the neighborhood.

The opera, presented by Opera Philadelphia with the Apollo Theater, had its world premiere Sept. 16. It revisits that house and its ghosts, while remaining centered on stories about young people in Philadelphia today.

Nathan Cone / TPR

After over two decades, David Mairs is stepping down from his role as Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony, a professional orchestra that plays in Seguin and New Braunfels.

“I think that it's part of life,” he muses philosophically about the departure.

Mairs had two tumors removed from his liver last fall, and a later scan discovered four more, for which he’s being treated. “Other than getting fatigued, I feel fine,” he says.

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