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A late venue change for the Tuesday Musical Club’s most recent concert led to a 15-minute delay in showtime, but it was worth the wait. Pianist Charlie Albright breathed life into old standards and even created a fully-formed composition on the spot, using four notes suggested to him by the audience. The impromptu composition was just one highlight of many on the program, which Albright capped with two encores.

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Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter isn’t waiting around for young people to come to the concert hall anymore. For her latest album, she takes the music to their house, performing with Lambert Orkis, Mahan Esfahani, and her young Mutter Virtuosi at a nightclub in Berlin.

Up until this year, composer John Williams had scored every single Steven Spielberg movie, save one, since the director's big-screen debut in 1974. In a storied collaboration that has lasted decades, they've worked together on films like Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones and Schindler's List.

That streak comes to an end this weekend, though, with the release of Spielberg's new Cold War drama, Bridge of Spies. The movie, the director's 28th feature film, is only the second he's made without the help of Williams.

Photo courtesy of Michael Gast

The Mid-Texas Symphony splits its time between New Braunfels and Seguin, and on Sunday they’re playing at New Braunfels' Canyon High School.  For this concert they've  invited a noteworthy horn player.  Michael Gast, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra.

“The concert starts with a Finnish piece by Sibelius, his Finlandia Overture. A very moving, stirring piece,” said Gast. “And then my horn concerto, with Mozart."