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How Did Certain Music Become the Soundtrack of Independence Day?

Posted on · (Above: The Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Photo: Chinh Phan, CatchLightGroup) When you think of the Fourth of July, a few things probably come to mind: parades, hot dogs, fireworks, and John Philip Sousa. Even if you don’t immediately recognize that name, you’d most certainly recognize his famous march The Stars and […]

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The Big Squeeze: Kids Preserve Their Heritage by Picking Up the Accordion

Posted on · The early teen years are a time when many kids are taking their first band class or tooling around on a drum set they got for Christmas. Maybe they’re learning the school’s fight song on the trumpet or trying to top their high score on Rock Band. But, as Michael Hagerty reports, there’s plenty of […]

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Houston Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 40 Years of Free Theatre

Posted on · The Houston Shakespeare Festival, hosted by the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, turns 40 this year. Every year, the festival presents free productions of Shakespeare plays at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Henry IV, Part 1. We talk with Executive Director Jim Johnson, and cast members David […]