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On Monday, The Associated Press reported that as many as nine women were accusing revered opera star Plácido Domingo of sexual harassment over decades. Domingo has adamantly denied the allegations. The LA Opera, where he is the general director, announced it would hire an outside firm to investigate the accusations.

Azica Records

Welcome to Major Themes, a regular feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in New York, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota. Here are their top picks for must-hear recordings.

American Rapture; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ward Stare; Yolanda Kondonassis, harp (Azica)

Last month, opera star David Daniels and his husband, William "Scott" Walters, were indicted by Harris County, Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault. Simultaneously, the singer is battling the University of Michigan (UM), where he has taught since 2015 and where he was granted tenure in May 2018. Earlier this year, the school began seeking to fire Daniels over multiple, serious allegations of sexual misconduct.

One of the most potentially explosive #MeToo situations in the classical music sphere has been quietly shut down. The Metropolitan Opera and its former music director, James Levine, have reached a settlement in competing court claims that had been filed in New York State Supreme Court.

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.

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