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“This has been pleasant and all,” I thought to myself, “but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.” If it weren’t for Troy Peters’ conducting, I wouldn’t have known that the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s (YOSA) Philharmonic were nearly finished with the piece. Top to bottom, the arrangement had been soft, meandering “” calming, maybe, but unexciting. The strings were barely at a whimper, and they were mellowing still, petering out, until there was...

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It was a cool 65 degrees fahrenheit as I entered the Parker Chapel. The aisles next to me were sparsely filled with people of all ages, and a couple of younger kids squirmed in their seats as their parents settled in for the performance. I truly had no idea what to expect from the most recent guest of the Parker Chapel Recital Series, Jean-Baptiste Robin, a highly distinguished French organist. Robin’s accomplishments include a 2010...

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Music critic Scott Cantrell visited the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall earlier this month to deliver his lecture, “The State of Arts Criticism in America,” to an audience of about 50. In the Oct. 10 event, Cantrell spoke of how his career took off and how similar opportunities are not available to prospective critics today. Cantrell wrote criticism of local symphonies and operas for the Dallas Morning News for 16 years before turning to freelance writing...