Here's some musical food for thought: The OrchestraX concert "Ancient Traditions: A Musical Celebration of Culture" places the works of Arabic and Jewish composers side-by-side. And that's no coincidence. "The timing of this concert echoes many of the current fears and hopes of the world," says OrchestraX artistic director and conductor John Axelrod. Collaborating with the Southwest Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Daniel Pearl Foundation, the youthful orchestra will play works by composers Karim Al-Zand and Leonard Bernstein. And the performance culminates in the joyful noise of Beethoven's ninth symphony, "Ode to Joy."If that isn't heartwarming enough, the students of the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts in Laredo, the third-poorest district in the state, have raised funds to travel here for the concert. Mary Carroll, director of piano studies there, wanted her students to hear Beethoven's Ninth live. They'll also get to hear Axelrod's message loud and clear: "There is no place for hate." 2 p.m. brunch matinee, and 7:30 p.m. evening performance, Sunday, March 30. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For brunch tickets, call 713-627-3490, extension 127. For evening tickets, call 713-315-2525. For information, call... More >>>