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Choral Event To Benefit Students, San Antonio Food Bank

David Portillo

Tenor David Portillo took his talent from Holmes High School on San Antonio’s west side all the way to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Now, he’s coming back to town with YouthCUE, a nationwide effort to positively impact kids through the power of choral music.

On Sunday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m., YouthCUE presents a program called “Look at the World.” The show includes performances by American Idol finalist Walker Burroughs, and actress Angelique Feaster Evans, as well as Portillo himself, who’ll sing music from Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment,” accompanied by the Baylor Symphony Orchestra.

“We’re really lucky to have this kind of variety of music that I think will connect to so many different audience members,” Portillo told KPAC host Barry Brake.

Also on the program is Ariel Ramirez’s beautiful “Misa Criolla.” The work for chorus and orchestra takes the Latin mass, adds Spanish and Creole rhythms and harmonies, and sets it in Spanish.

“It is one of my favorite pieces of music that I have ever performed,” Portillo explained.

The concert benefits the San Antonio Food Bank, area choirs, and YouthCUE.  Ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/look-at-the-world-ii-a-concert-benefiting-the-san-antonio-food-bank-tickets-62811224062

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Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.
Barry Brake is a composer, jazz and classical pianist who has been a part of San Antonio's music scene for decades. You can find his musings and musical exploits online here: http://barrybrake.com/