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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture news, criticism, and programming from TPR/NPR.

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Musical Bridges Around the World, whose piano competition The Gurwitz 2020 dazzled San Antonio in January and February with amazing performances by pianists from around the globe, will be rebroadcasting the first three rounds of the competition starting Monday, March 30 on their Facebook and YouTube channels.

Courtesy National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

Many Bexar County residents are reeling from job loss or work hours being cut back. Artists have suffered major losses too, due to canceled concerts, art shows and other events. 

A young man works at his Apple computer during a weekend Hackathon event in San Francisco, California, U.S., July 16, 2016.
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Updated Thursday, March 27, at 2:45 a.m. This post will be updated regularly. Share your ideas with us at letters@tpr.org.

If you're going stir-crazy hunkered down at home, consider these great ideas. You can refocus morbid thoughts to all kinds of endeavors and arts. Some are classical music performances. Some are Broadway plays. And some are museum virtual tours.

Gene Kelly
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Music has been linked to moviemaking since the birth of the cinema. Before recorded sound, live musicians would accompany silent films to enhance the mood of a scene, and to this day, the right score can elevate a film, and a great score can sear itself on your heart.

Jack Morgan

Among growing cases of COVID-19, protecting our physical health by maintaining social distance, hand-washing and being mindful about what we touch is essential. But managing mental health can be just as important. 


Ramin Samandari

COVID-19 is affecting everyone, and in the world of arts, artists and art instructors are being hit particularly hard. Texas Public Radio spoke to an artist who is down, but not out.

Ramin Samandari is a photographer, portrait artist and teacher of photography. His Magical Realism photography studio dates back to the days of film developing. He’s moved on to digital photography but remembers the magic of watching images appear slowly on paper in the darkroom.

A banner with an Italian flag reading "All will be well" is seen as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Milan.
Reuters

Italy has borne some of the worst results of the Coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds are dying every day there, with more cases in the country's far north.

tenor Rafael Moras on stage
Nathan Cone / TPR

In front of an appreciative audience that included some of the educators that blessed his early life, tenor Rafael Moras gave an impassioned recital at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on February 4, 2020 for the Tuesday Musical Club. In between arias, songs, and highlights from favorite zarzuelas, his easygoing rapport with the crowd made one feel like he was sharing these melodies just for you.

Jack Morgan

Normally, on Fridays the Weekender highlights the best bets on concerts, stage productions and other events. These days, most everything is closed or canceled. But TPR's Jack Morgan has an idea for you... if you're ready for a stroll.

Mary Ellen Goree is a musician in the San Antonio Symphony, who gives lessons on the side. The coronavirus crisis has forced her to be a bit more creative when it comes to making a living.
Courtesy of the San Antonio Symphony

The coronavirus crisis has forced the creative hand for many who deal one-on-one with others as part of their work.

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