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...
HARLINGEN, Texas - Cal Poly Pomona Music Professor Nadia Shpachenko won her first Grammy Award for her album, “The Poetry of Places,” in the category of Best Classical Compendium at the Staples Center on Jan. 26. “I feel like the...
SAN BENITO, Texas - June 4, 1937, was the birthdate of Baldemar Huerta, better known to the world of rock and roll and county music as Freddy Fender. The San Benito-born singer, guitarist and songwriter made his debut radio performance...
HARLINGEN, Texas - New York-based composer, conductor and author Michael Shapiro recently recovered from COVID-19. While in hospital in New York he had help from the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, thanks to a local nun. “She got on the...
Trumpeter Paul Merkelo has a new record out on the Sony Classical label titled The Enlightened Trumpet. The album includes recitals of concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Telemann, and Mozart. He is joined on the album by Oxford Philharmonic. Recently, Merkelo spoke with...

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