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SOLI Chamber Ensemble

Like most other music groups, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has been sidelined by COVID-19. But they're finding their musical way through the cultural wasteland that is the coronavirus.  

The UTSA Music Department’s original plan for a spring production didn’t go as expected but the group worked out an interesting alternative.

Sebastian Haenel

Sarah Willis, a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for 19 years, speaks of her new solo album, Mozart y Mambo, what it's like to be part of the Berlin Philharmonic sound and how she learned to dance to Cuban music.  



Sarah Sudhoff

The Doseum in San Antonio has chosen its annual Artist in Residence recipient. Houstonian Sarah Sudhoff will produce a large installation at the Doseum which will show how some children with dyslexia see the world.

Vertical Entertainment.

Born and raised in the Midwest, writer/director Karen Maine attended parochial school from kindergarten to the 12th grade. She was baptized and confirmed, and tried (sort of) to be the best Catholic she could be – mostly out of fear.

“I remember being scared that anything bad I did, I’d go to Hell, or that God was watching me if I was doing anything I shouldn’t be doing,” Maine said in an interview by phone earlier this week. “It wouldn’t prevent me from doing (those things), it would just make me feel really bad.”

From Texas Standard:

Earlier this month the State Fair of Texas made headlines by cancelling this fall's fair due to COVID-19. It's big news, to be sure – over 2.5 million people went to the fair last year, and its cancellation is a blow to vendors and employees. But it's just the latest letdown for an industry that's been hit hard by the coronavirus.

Six years ago, Maria Schneider, the meticulous jazz composer and orchestrator, embarked on a project with David Bowie, the polymorphic pop vanguardist.

Art Streiber for MSNBC

Jacob Soboroff was working as a correspondent for NBC and MSNBC at the end of 2015, covering immigration on the US-Mexico border. On the occasion of a press tour inside a detention facility in Brownsville where 1500 young boys were being held and where reporters were not allowed to bring in recording equipment, Jacob Soboroff put pen to paper, writing notes and filling the pages of a small notebook. Those notes became the seedbed of Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, an expansive, complex, and multi-layered story about the immigration crisis and the policy that separates families seeking asylum in the United States.

Chris Herbert was in a hurry. The vocalist and musicologist was studying the Ephrata Codex — an 18th century music manuscript — in the Library of Congress, which meant he was on the clock. Herbert was working on digitizing the Codex. He flipped through the pages, taking pictures of each one, with no time to pause.

The Collaborators from left to right are Jaime Ramirez, Marisela Barrera, Elias Flores III and Andrew Thornton
Siggi Ragnar

In the ever-evolving landscape that is COVID-19, arts organizations have been innovating and flexing in an attempt to ride with the changes. One of those organizations is the Jump Start Theatre.