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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.”

Edgewood mariachi students perform in the lobby  of the district's performing  arts theater before its first State of the District April 11, 2019.
File Photo | Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

The Edgewood Independent School District will start the new school year without a fine arts coordinator.

The decision is drawing criticism from Jeremy Brimhall, the director of education at the San Antonio Symphony.

Mary Cowart conducting the Reagan Choir.
Courtesy of Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival

This summer — five centuries after Claudio Monteverdi became music director at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice — 59 high school students from San Antonio performed one of his pieces in the very building where he composed it.

Marin Alsop is the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony so we know she's a good conductor ... but is she a superconductor? We'll ask her three questions about conducting electricity — click the audio link above to find out how she does.

Updated Aug. 1 at 8:14 p.m. ET

Opera star David Daniels has been indicted in Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault.

A grand jury indicted Daniels in Harris County District Court on July 25. Also indicted on the same charge is Daniels' husband, William Walters, who goes by the name Scott. In Texas, sexual assault of an adult is a Class 2 felony; if convicted, Daniels and Walter could face between two and 20 years in prison.

Cincinnati Opera has premiered a new opera that chronicles the stories of six people wrongfully convicted in Ohio and in the process, puts America's criminal justice system on trial. The new opera Blind Injustice is based on a book of the same title by Mark Godsey, a former prosecutor and law professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Opera is an art form well-suited to big emotions and tragic stories, often set in the past. But a new opera, Blue, grapples with a more contemporary tragedy — the killing of an unarmed black man at the hands of a police officer.

Classical Power Chords

Jul 19, 2019

In this audio quiz, classical compositions are paired up with contemporary songs they inspired.

Heard on Bowen Yang And Matt Rogers: I Don't Think So, Honey!

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Ready for more Disney déjà vu? The Lion King is the latest software update to one of Disney's beloved animated movies, this time featuring photo-realistic graphics — and Beyoncé. The musical performances are all new, but it's the same classic songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and composer Hans Zimmer also returned to Pride Rock with an upgraded version of his Oscar-winning score from 25 years ago.

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