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The Rivard Report hosted its first music series, Estática, at the Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex Thursday evening. Attendees, trying to evade the summer heat, walked into a different kind of warmth at the Brick, a warmth that stirred from the passion of the musicians. The Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) and local musicians greeted the guests with a cover of Radiohead’s “OK Computer” album, a Lorde cover song, and some original sets.
The performance, which received a standing ovation at its end, included a set by the local band Octahedron, singer Alyson Alonzo, and singer-songwriter Nicolette Good accompanied by Joe Reyes at her side.
YOSA violinist Victoria Acuña, who is 17 years old and an instrumental music student at the North East School of the Arts, opened the night with Lorde’s hit song, “Royals,” which prepared the crowd of about 200 for the melodic tunes to come. Acuña said she enjoyed expanding upon her usual classical, and sometimes modern sets with YOSA and embracing the local musical culture of San Antonio.
“It’s different, but it’s a good kind of different because our seasonal concerts are usually classical pieces, and then our pop-up shows are pop tunes,” she said.
Estática ended with a performance by Reyes, Good and YOSA of “The Tourist,” the last song on the OK Computer album. Local aerialist Daniel Patrick, who is a performer for the entertainment company and school Aerial Horizon, used a long elastic band that hung from the ceiling as a stabilizer to twist and turn in mid-air to the rhythm of the music.