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Musical Bridges Built At San Fernando Cathedral

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."

San Antonio musicians from much earlier in Musical Bridges history will return.

"They've gone off to become great artists from around the world, and they're coming back for Where Are They Now: Child Prodigies Return."

Four stellar performers will play, separately and together.

"Yvonne Freckmann, who's going to be a composer, a Fulbright Scholar at the Hague, Netherlands Conservatory. And we also have Veronica Williams, mezzo-soprano, coming back from Austin to join us here. We've got Daniel Anastasio, who is doing his Ph.D. in Stony Brook, New York. A Julliard-trained pianist. Nancy Zhou, coming in from China, and an incredibly accomplished violinist, trained at Harvard herself."

Arastu fills out the picture about what you can expect at the concert. 

"Cathedral San Fernando has been our home and we always look forward to making our concerts free and open to the public, followed by a meet-the-artist dessert reception after the concert to really get a chance to have that conversation about music--not just where it comes from but where it's going and who's creating it."

In case you missed it, note what going will cost you: "It's absolutely free and open to the public. Bring all your neighbors, friends and colleagues."

Find more on Musical Bridges Around the World here

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