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Azica Records

Welcome to Major Themes, a regular feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. Here are their top picks for must-hear recordings.

American Rapture; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ward Stare; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (Azica)

The mural when it was originally done.
David Blancas

A massive, iconic West Side mural is showing its age, but admirers are planning to save and improve it. 


From Texas Standard:

He is one of the most recognizable names in Texas music, known for kickstarting a revival of interest in the blues and for his performances with influential artists like David Bowie. He was headed into a new chapter of his personal and professional life when he died in a helicopter crash in 1990, at the age of 35.

Of course, we're talking about Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

On Sunday, August 11, San Antonio legend Jim Cullum, Jr. passed away at the age of 77. Fellow musicians and fans have been paying tribute to the man, who was committed to spreading the gospel of "hot jazz" to the world. Part of the way that happened was through the magic of radio. 

Courtesy James Cullum

Longtime San Antonio cornetist and jazz band leader Jim Cullum, Jr. died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack. He was 77.


Jacob Laven-Pursell

The Weekend is here and you can check out a variety of hot music, or watch  a film following an Iraq War vet. First off, if you head down to the Cove Friday, you're in for a treat. The Laven family, fronted by Rachel Laven will be playing from 6:30-9 p.m.


From the Tudors to the Windsors, Britain boasts a lot of dynasties. But there's another British household that's becoming something of a musical royal family. The Kanneh-Mason family, with seven sibling musicians aged preteen to early 20s, is a classical clan filled with promising careers.

Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. with a concert featuring Andre Watts performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. When Watts appeared with the symphony last fall, it was his first visit to San Antonio since 2005.

The opening show also includes Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and a mesmerizing new piece by the contemporary British composer Anna Clyne, called “Masquerade.”

Nicki Lucio in her "Hello World" exhibit at the McNay Art Museum.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when members of the queer community in New York City clashed with cops in protest of anti-gay raids and police brutality. In commemoration of the anniversary, San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum is featuring works that explore gender identity. 

The exhibit is open until Sept. 15. Ticket information can be found here.


SA Film Fest staff

From a stage production to a film festival to a Beatles Cavern Club tribute, this weekend is full of fun.


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