At two years of age, that’s not a typo - two years of age - self-taught composer and performer, RIOPY began to play his own music on a discarded piano. In his new Warner Classics release “Bliss”, RIOPY has fused...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Did you know about the Russia-Paris connection?   According to Russian Pianist, Danil Trifonov, to this day, many building and street signs are bilingual Russian/French.   Trifonov explained this Russian/French connection when I recently spoke to him about...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Composer and pianist Robin Spielberg believes in "old school" technology.  Yes, she is in the top one percent of artists featured on Pandora Internet Radio, has over 200,000 listeners monthly on Spotify and has sold over a...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Alice Baumgartner is the author of South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to Civil War. The book tells the story of the enslaved people who escaped to Mexico in the four decades leading up...
I write to you as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to ensure that the experiences of American Latinos are well represented in the films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.  The...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Czech heritage is at the forefront with Elyse Anne Kakacek’s album release “Formless.” In 1894, composer Antonin Dvorak completed a song cycle in English that was translated from the 1579 Czech version of the Bible.  Elyse Anne Kakacek...
HARLINGEN, Texas - James Whale’s film classic from 1931, Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, was released without a musical score. This was the case for many films in the early days of the “talkies.” However, in the case of Frankenstein, composer Michael...
MCALLEN, Texas - Because of COVID-19, the Valley Symphony Orchestra's fall season is going to happen digitally, rather than in front of a live audience at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. In an interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, musical director and...
BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Award-winning author Rudy Ruiz, a Rio Grande Valley native, is winning lots of plaudits for his first novel, The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez. Nora Comstock De Hoyis, founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, said: “Rudy Ruiz’s...
HARLINGEN, Texas - In our latest music album review we interview Caroline Shaw about her new work with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. Shaw is a Grammy and Pulitzer prize-winning composer. The new album is titled “PBO and Caroline...

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