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Lights, Cameras And Something A Little Different: Your Weekend's Here

Lights, cameras and something a little different in downtown San Antonio this weekend.

First for the lights--Luminaria is back.  Kathy Armstrong heads Luminaria.

"Friday night we are going to transform the San Antonio Museum of Art's campus. We are also going to have musicians and performances and visual art displayed all around the museum. We will also be in the auditorium with some film and poetry," she said.

Last October's Luminaria was rained out, and instead of one event, they've replaced it with several smaller ones. But while the scale is smaller, what you've come to expect from Luminaria will still be there.

"We will have the food trucks, we will have beverages. It's going to be a full night of magical arts," Armstrong said.

Then just a few blocks away on Friday and Saturday night--cameras! A big time Hollywood movie, but with a twist.  The San Antonio Symphony's David Gross explains how it works.

"Very exciting weekend with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The movie is shown above the orchestra. The sound track is taken out of it, dialogue and sound effects are left in it." 

And all that great orchestrated adventure music is produced live before your eyes by the San Antonio Symphony.

"It is Friday 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theater."

Then for something different on Sunday afternoon at the Southwest School of Art, French Baroque music performed on instruments of the era. Billy Traylor Art Directs the Austin Baroque Orchestra

"It's very, very charming, and it's very beautiful."

As to what makes this music French, he had a hard time putting his finger on it, but he says it's quite distinctive.

"It's just got this certain je ne se quoi, but it definitely sounds different."

I pointed out to him that at the Southwest School of Art he will be playing in the beautiful Coates Chapel. 

"Yes, it is phenomenal. The program is at 4 and I'll be giving a short, very informal pre-concert talk starting at 3:30."

We have more on Luminaria here

We have more on the San Antonio Symphony's performance of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark here.

We have more on the Austin Baroque Orchestra here

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii