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Chamber Music, Modern Art, Frida Kahlo: Your Weekend's Here!

From art, to Frida Kahlo, to the Cactus Pear Music Festival – here are three events to see in the Alamo City this weekend.

The Cactus Pear Music Festival is nearly complete. Artistic Director Stephanie Sant' Ambrosio is tapping some of the members of the San Antonio Symphony's woodwind section to perform select chamber music.

"Tonight's program at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, we've got music we're calling Winds, With Strings Attached," she says. "And we have music by Mozart, Britten, Panderecki, Krommer and Dvorak. And on Saturday night we have something called Handcrafted in Far and Distant Lands, and we have some music by Goliov, Villa Lobos, Arnold Bax, and we have a living composer Kit Turnbull."   

Concerts take place Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at various locations. Find more information on the Cactus Pear Music Festival here.   

At Artpace, new contemporary art exhibitions are on display.

"We have three exhibitions by our recent resident artists," Artpace's Scott Williams says. "And they're excellent shows by a San Antonio artist named Christie Blizzard, a Los Angeles artist named Kang Seung Lee, and an artist from Mexico named Rolando Lopez." 

They've been creating works as artists-in-residence at Artpace for the last two months.

"And then there's a magical turnaround period where their studios turn into a gallery space and go on display for two more months," Williams says.

And coming to see the exhibitions won't set you back a dime.

"It's always free to come to Artpace," Williams reminds.

Find more on Artpace's Artist in Residence Exhibition here

Legendary painter Frida Kahlo's would have been 110-years-old this month.

"We're celebrating her birthday; we are doing a 2-day concert," Azul Barrientos says. The performer is joined by three other musicians.

"Aaron Prado on piano, George Prado on upright bass, Nina Rodriguez on the percussions and me on the guitar and sometimes just singing," Barrientos explains.

In between songs, the audience can learn the backstory on Kahlo's life.

"I show different videos of documentaries that I found interesting that are not telling the usual story – the story that is interesting or different or just another perspective," she says.

So you can expect to find out something you don't know about Kahlo. And then, back to music.

"Some of it is sadness now, and that's why the tangos are so great for Frida. And some of it is a lot of joy," Barrientos says.

That's on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Esperanza.

Performances take place Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. Find more on the"Frida & Esperanza" event here

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