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Troy Peters is the music driector of Youth Orchestras San Antonio.
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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's stated objective is to change young peoples' lives through music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s a challenge. Music Director Troy Peters says all performances and even practices are suspended.


Plácido Domingo has been hospitalized because of COVID-19-related complications, according to multiple reports.

He is in stable condition in an Acapulco, Mexico, hospital and will receive medical attention for "as long as the doctors find it necessary until a hoped-for full recovery," a spokesperson for Domingo told Opera News over the weekend.

Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the world's leading composers, died Sunday at the age of 86. The Polish Ministry of Affairs announced his passing in a tweet. No cause of death was given.

The Polish-born composer established himself while still in his 20s with jarring atonal works such as Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, and came to be widely admired by music fans and musicians far outside traditional classical music circles.

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Musical Bridges Around the World, whose piano competition The Gurwitz 2020 dazzled San Antonio in January and February with amazing performances by pianists from around the globe, will be rebroadcasting the first three rounds of the competition starting Monday, March 30 on their Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Music has been linked to moviemaking since the birth of the cinema. Before recorded sound, live musicians would accompany silent films to enhance the mood of a scene, and to this day, the right score can elevate a film, and a great score can sear itself on your heart.

We talk to WSHU music director Kate Remington (@RespawnShow) about five inspiring classical music tracks to get us through these chaotic times.

tenor Rafael Moras on stage
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In front of an appreciative audience that included some of the educators that blessed his early life, tenor Rafael Moras gave an impassioned recital at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on February 4, 2020 for the Tuesday Musical Club. In between arias, songs, and highlights from favorite zarzuelas, his easygoing rapport with the crowd made one feel like he was sharing these melodies just for you.

Concert halls and music venues around the world have been shuttered due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but before closing its doors, the Philadelphia Orchestra gave one last performance on March 12 — to an empty concert hall.

New York's Metropolitan Opera — the largest performing arts organization in the United States by budget — has laid off all of its union employees for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, NPR has learned. The layoff includes all of the opera's orchestral players, chorus singers and stagehands.

COVID-19 is causing a downbeat for the music industry.

Huge festivals like South by Southwest and Coachella have been canceled. Live Nation, one of the largest musical promoters in the country, has postponed concerts through the end of March.

Brian Keigher, artistic director of the World Music Institute, says COVID-19 has sparked "major repercussions" for the music industry. Tours are collapsing and businesses within the industry like venues are also feeling the impact, he says.

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