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Ramin Samandari

In a time when live musical performances are hard to come by, one San Antonio band has figured out a way to keep the music going.

Tracy Cowden from UTSA's Department of Music speaks about " Re-imagining the Future of Arts in San Antonio and Beyond."
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The University of Texas at San Antonio assembled arts professionals for something called Re-imagining the Future of Arts in San Antonio and Beyond. They met remotely in a Zoom webinar, and right off, they noted how much the world has changed in the last few months. Here’s the Department of Music's Tracy Cowden.


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.


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 Youth Orchestras of San Antonio is known for doing what they call Classic Albums Live, where they re-create popular albums using their orchestra and added musicians. Next Monday night though, Music Director Troy Peters says they're throwing a curve.

Natalia Sun

Explore the lives of immigrant Cuban cigar rollers. Enjoy the music from some of the best movies ever made. And use a concert at the Women's Club to introduce a friend to classical music. The weekend is here, and the fun awaits. 


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“What’s so great about seeing the YOSA [Youth Orchestras of San Antonio] Philharmonic is you have these young musicians who bring a level of energy and engagement to what they do that will blow you away,” says Troy Peters, YOSA Music Director.

Libby Day

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio offers its own version of a pay-it-forward style concert this weekend. YOSA's Troy Peters said the side-by-side concerts they perform twice a year have that pay-it-forward aspect built into their DNA.


Troy Peters is the music driector of Youth Orchestras San Antonio.
Jack Morgan | Texas Public Radio

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's next concert features something their concerts usually don't. Music Director Troy Peters says that unexpected element in this Sunday's Tobin Center performance isn't even in the music itself.

"We're coming at it in kind of an unusual way. It's a multimedia presentation with video,” he said. They’re teaming up with a video artist to try and manifest in video what people are hearing in the music.

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Every year the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio performs Classic Albums Live. The teenage symphony recreates albums from the past with local bands and singers. But the concert in March 2019 comes amidst controversy.

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Youth Orchestras of San Antonio is teaming up with a genre-busting music group that has toured the world, has been featured with many orchestras and was the subject of an Emmy-winning PBS concert program, as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series: Time for Three.


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