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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.

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For nearly eight decades, the United States Air Force Band of the West has been lifting the morale of service members at home and abroad, as well as entertaining the public and strengthening ties to the community right here in San Antonio, where it’s based at Lackland AFB. Last month I had the pleasure of meeting members of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West to learn the many ways in which they fulfill their mission, “to go into communities, and to honor, inspire, and connect,” according to Maj Dustin M.

With a season-opening concert slated for Saturday, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians and its management are still locking horns over details of a new contract agreement. A bargaining session ended Monday night with no resolution, only a set of last minute proposals from management which players will vote on Tuesday night.

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

The Associated Press reported Thursday that 11 more women have accused opera megastar Plácido Domingo of sexually harassing them in the opera theaters that are their workplaces. In total, 20 women have now accused Domingo of misconduct in allegations made via the AP.

A spokesperson for Domingo disputed the report and accused the AP of waging an "inaccurate" and "unethical" campaign against Domingo.

"When will we listen to black women?"

Listening For Marian Anderson In The Past And Present

Aug 29, 2019

I learned relatively early the importance of paying attention to silence. Long pauses and refusals to answer were forms of evidence at home as well as school. What I didn't hear or wouldn't say was often as laden with meaning as what I was told or said, and it's in part the conversations shared between sound and silence that led me to study music. I came to the decision honestly, though not easily. As a college student I struggled to commit to the major, delaying my declaration on multiple occasions because I rarely saw or heard anyone who looked or sounded like me in my music classes.

Update: The CITES convention officially adopted the musical instruments exemption on Wednesday.

An international endangered species convention meeting in Geneva is close to exempting musical instruments from trade restrictions on rosewood.

The restrictions under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora — commonly referred to as CITES — went into effect in 2017, after strong demand for high-end rosewood furniture in China led to conservation worries and violence in areas that produce the wood.

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony announced it will raise the base salary for musicians by about 6% over the next three years. By 2022, the starting salary will be $35,774. 

If 1960s rock icon Jimi Hendrix and 18th century composer George Frideric Handel were alive at the same time, they would have been next door neighbors in London.

Three major opera companies debuted operas this summer. They’re all written by and star African Americans. They’re part of a shift of whose stories are told onstage and who gets to tell them.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Jeremy Goodwin (@JeremyDGoodwin) reports.

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