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The Tobin Center is ready to present San Antonio's first music concert after being closed for months under COVID-19 restrictions. Sarah Silver Manzke plays violin with chamber quartet Agarita.

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After months of staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Antonio is slowly reopening. Residents are eager to enjoy the arts, culture and entertainment of Countdown City. As more people venture out of their homes, museums and venues are helping patrons stay safe.

Here's how you can engage with the local arts community in safe way:

MSR Classics

I get excited when I see new releases that highlight hidden or unheard voices from the world of classical music, and MSR Classics always comes through every few months with great albums for curious listeners.

Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, who was known for creating monumental works of art that played off of their environment in cities around the world, died Sunday at his home in New York City, according to the artist's representatives. He was 84 years old.

Tracy Cowden from UTSA's Department of Music speaks about " Re-imagining the Future of Arts in San Antonio and Beyond."

The University of Texas at San Antonio assembled arts professionals for something called Re-imagining the Future of Arts in San Antonio and Beyond. They met remotely in a Zoom webinar, and right off, they noted how much the world has changed in the last few months. Here’s the Department of Music's Tracy Cowden.

San Antonio band member plays a backyard performance.
Baldemar Esquivel

A San Antonian who just graduated college recently found himself doing an interesting project for his hometown. He's Matthew San Martin, a recent graduate of Austin's St. Edward’s University.

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga recently spoke with Pulitzer-winning composer Steve Reich, who has been keeping busy with the solitary act of writing a new piece from his winter getaway in Los Angeles.

Who: Steve Reich
Where: Los Angeles, Calif.
Recommendation: Keep on working

Jimmy Cobb, whose subtle and steady drumming formed the pulse of some of jazz's most beloved recordings, died at his home in Manhattan on Sunday. He was 91.

The cause was lung cancer, says his wife, Eleana Tee Cobb.

Cobb was the last surviving member of what's often called Miles Davis' First Great Sextet. He held that title for almost three decades, serving as a conduit for many generations of jazz fans into the band that recorded the music's most iconic and enduring album, Kind of Blue.

MCNAY ART MUSEUM’S PICK – Elena Cortez – Tortoises – Pre-K
courtesy San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony holds dozens of free concerts yearly for upwards of 40,000 area students. This year with COVID-19, there was a hitch. The symphony's Jeremy Brimhall explained.