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Fronteras: Lessons From 'Hamilton'; Conjunto Rockers; & Scoring 'Birdman'

On Fronteras:

  • Texas high school students use lessons learned from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to create original performance pieces (0:16).
  • A profile of a San Antonio musician who stands at the crossroads of punk and conjunto (4:39).

  • Jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about composing music for the 2014 movie “Birdman” (9:56).
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Matthew Luna (left) and Alphonzo Ward (right) perform King George v 13 Colonies Rap at the Hobby Center.

Houston’s History Students ‘Ham’ It Up At Hobby Center Stage

The Broadway sensation “Hamilton” is on tour across the U.S. The show wrapped up a run in Houston this past spring, and performances are planned in 2019 for San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. But, as Houston Public Media’s Elizabeth Trovall reports, when Hamilton comes to town, it’s not just audiences that get an American history lesson – it’s high schoolers, too.

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The sign Del Norte puts by his tip jar.

Conjunto Rockers Taking It To The Streets

San Antonio is a crossroads of many things, and there’s one San Antonian who stands with one foot in the world of punk and the other in conjunto music. Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan tells us more.

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Antonio Sanchez

Drummer, Composer Antonio Sanchez Takes ‘Birdman’ On The Road

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is a Mexican-born composer and jazz musician, who wrote and performed the music for the Oscar-winning 2014 film “Birdman,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu.

The film’s soundtrack won numerous awards, including a BAFTA, an Austin Film Critic Award, and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
The music in the film, however, is not your typical film score. If you were to break it down by instrumentation, you would mostly see a single instrument: drums.

FRONTERASFronteras Extra: Antonio Sanchez On Improvisation, Inspiration

Sanchez has been taking “Birdman” on the road since 2015, playing live accompaniment to theatrical screenings of the film.
Sanchez joined us for a conversation backstage before his live accompaniment of “Birdman” in San Antonio in April.

Norma Martinez can be reached by email at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter @NormDog1

Norma Martinez can be reached at norma@tpr.org and on Twitter at @NormDog1