Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

From Music To Literature, A Road Less Traveled For This Author

Author Walker Smith
David Williams

A Houston author who went to high school in San Antonio returns to the Alamo City for a bookstore visit.

“I am Walker Smith; I write historical novels.”

Smith has a fascinating backstory.

“My mother was a sort of beatnik type — a very literary beatnik type, [who] listened to classical and jazz. My father was a jazz musician. He was a drummer.”

They didn’t have money, but they used their library card a lot. And she could tell she had a literary bent of mind.

“It was either going to be music or it was going to be literature, so it ended up being both.”

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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Enjoy Holiday Pops With A Dash Of Mariachi Style

Akiko Fujimoto
Liz Garza Williams

They will be packing the Tobin this weekend for one of the Alamo City’s standout holiday events. It's the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert.

“It’s going to be a big weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto details the event.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Singular San Antonio, Where ‘Blowing It’ Makes For Festive Fun

Tubameister Christmas at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

This has to be one of San Antonio’s most distinctive holiday events. It’s one where people come from far and wide to blow their horn. Literally. And you can hear the difference from the very first notes.

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“I think most of us who play the tuba enjoy what we do and are perfectly happy playing a supportive role most of the time.”

Meet Ray Grim, with the Tubameisters. Once a year, Tuba and Euphonium players converge and take over the stage.

“It’s become a community event. We actually have people come in from out of town to attend the concert.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

King William To Ring In The Season With Brassy Concert

San Antonio Brass at Villa Finale
Orlando Cortinas

It’s a combination of a fascinating setting and a unique concert. That fascinating setting is called Villa Finale.

“Villa Finale is the only National Historic Trust Site in Texas.”

Meet Villa Finale’s Sylvia Gonzalez.

“It’s located in the King William National Historic District, and was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, who is credited with being the catalyst for revitalization of the King William Historic neighborhood.”

You’ve got a really interesting concert coming along on Thursday; tell us about that.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tobin Takes YOSApalooza To The River Walk

Troy Peters
Jack Morgan

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have an interesting performance scheduled for Sunday, and it’s got a heck of a name.

“YOSAPalooza is a concert with more than 400 musicians.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“All of the different levels of the YOSA experience, share in one concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.”

I also spoke to YOSA member Victoria Acuna.

“I play violin. I’m in the YOSA Philharmonic; I’m in my third year.”

When you think back on those three years with YOSA — do you have a favorite experience?

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Arts & Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Setting The Tone In Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras
Matt Evans

They're about to make some great holiday music, but it’s a group of decidedly younger musicians than most. They’re the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and their Executive Director is Matt Evans.

“We have about a 142 kids this year. And the coolest thing about all that is that all the kids attend and participate free of any registration cost.”

Evans said the nonprofit raises all costs through grants and community donors.

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Movie Reviews
5:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Epic Over Heart: Ridley Scott's "Exodus"

Credit 20th Century Fox

 

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sleigh Bells Will Be Ringing In Seguin's Holiday Concert

David Mairs
Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Weekend Chamber Choir Events Promise Big Music, Holiday Cheer

More musical holiday cheer is coming your way, and it’s coming by way of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is a superb group of singers that is joined together by their love and passion for music.”

Rick Bjella knows; he’s their Music Director. This weekend, they have a pair of holiday-themed events. 

“On Saturday, Dec. 13, we have a performance at the chapel at Oblate School of Theology, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, our premiere performance at the Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center.”

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Arts & Culture
8:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Of Families, Legacy, And The True Spirit Of Christmas

Los Pastores cast
Lee Wilder at National Parks Service Mission San Jose

It’s a passion play with roots that go beyond the borders of Texas, far beyond even Mexico. It’s called Los Pastores.

“It actually originated from the Franciscan Friars from Spain.”

That's the play's Assistant Director, Deborah Covarrubias-Barcenez.  

“They brought it to the New World, to Mexico, to teach the indigenous people the nativity story. And from Mexico is was brought to Texas, to here in San Antonio, in 1910 to our parish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.”

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