Downtown Rhythms to bring new flavor to annual concert

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

April 24, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2013 at 11:25 p.m.

To me, there is nothing like listening to Anne Hathaway pour her heart out in front of the cameras as a starving Fantine in "Les Miserables."

The sound of her voice is gripping, but moreover, the beautiful instrumentation that can lift and crush our spirits gives me chills every time.

So when Downtown Rhythms pumps the sounds of this classic and other TV shows and movies into historic Victoria on Thursday, you can bet I'll be there.

I love how much more cultured Victoria has become since I arrived four years ago (or perhaps I wasn't too familiar then).

If you missed it last week, Jam Fest brought bands from all over the nation to downtown Victoria, including Delbert McClinton, to get the city excited over its growth as an arts and entertainment hub.

And before that there was the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival - another powerful event bringing movies we may have never seen had it not been for the vision of native Victorians like Anthony Pedone.

In truth, this is more than just about Downtown Rhythms, it's about this push we have seen get stronger over the years to bring culture to our area.

Even then, Downtown Rhythms has been going on for about 15 years, and at first brought jazz music. But now, it's grown to fit different people and includes food vendors and other area organizations. It's definitely adding new flavor.

We must take advantage that Victoria Symphony Orchestra as well as the Goliad Jazz Orchestra, Victoria school district orchestra, Victoria College Percussion Ensemble and Victoria College Commercial Band are hitting the area Thursday.

Who knows what else Downtown Rhythms will perform for our listening pleasure? But it's sure to be exciting. If you know anything about "Les Miserables," then you know the music, even without the beautiful lyrics, is terribly moving.

Best of all, the music is free - so why wouldn't you head out?



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