Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
2:49 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Legendary Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in Residence With YOSA

Richard Stoltzman, courtesy of YOSA

Richard Stoltzman is a legendary musician, winning Grammy Awards, playing chamber music, new music and concerti around the world. He's also famous for his jazz, playing with greats like Woody Herman, Mel Torme, and Chick Corea. This weekend, Stoltzman will share his artistry with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Debuts Friday to Sold Out Crowd

Carlos Izcaray

After a journey of five years, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio makes their first concert appearance at Pearl Stables.

Conductor Carlos Izcaray will lead works by Mozart, Wagner, Monteverdi, Varese, J.C. Bach and Ives. The program is called "The Perennial Contest."

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11:52 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Orquesta Tipica Sexteto de Diez

James Baker

It would be well beyond facts to make the claim that every comedian is also inherently musical. However, I expect the exceptions would be a meager number when compared to those comedians who are, or in the case of comedians of yesterday, were endowed with significant musical abilities. Consider Steve Martin, today as much musician/banjo player as comedian. Even the recently departed Phyllis Diller played piano, apparently well enough in her younger years to consider a career in music. And what about Charlie Chaplin, who wrote music for his films?

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1:24 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Composers Write Music - And Words Too!

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Did you hear Paul Moravec's new work this weekend at the San Antonio International Piano Competition? Composers communicate to us with music, but they also write words sometimes as well. Composer Jennifer Jolley writes a great blog about music - check it out!
I recently had to ask myself the question of "why study composition?" to convince future liberal arts students (and especially their parents) that they should study music composition.
Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Russians are Coming to the Mid Texas Symphony!

Conductor David Mairs.

Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on tap

An easy description for the Mid Texas Symphony program at Brauntex Theatre Sunday afternoon is, 'music just right for children of all ages.'

"Every time I hear it, there is just such passion," says director David Mairs. "Whether I was playing it (on french horn), or conducting it, or even just listening, I think Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is such a masterpiece, with hummable melodies!"

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TPR Cinema
12:38 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

TPR Cinema Profile: Taylor James Johnson and Dylan Cody Altman

Taylor James Johnson (left) and Dylan Cody Altman (right).
Nathan Cone

Throwing spaghetti against the wall may be a good metaphor for San Antonio filmmakers Taylor James Johnson and Dylan Cody Altman.  The act itself would likely find a welcome home in one of the duo’s short films, which often take the form of pop culture parodies, full of outrageous behavior.  Whether it’s a mash-up of “Taken” and Stephen Spielberg’s “Hook,” or lending a hand as an actor in a fellow filmmaker’s sci-fi genre film, the camera loves Johnson, and he loves working with the camera. And the duo are prolific, releasing over a dozen films online this year so far. 

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Classical Spotlight
4:31 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Competing Pianists: 11th San Antonio International Piano Competition Underway

Emily Townsend repairing a piano.
Emily Townsend

Thursday the field narrowed to eight competitors and will go down to five pianists for the finals at the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

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Classical Spotlight
12:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Berlioz and beyond: Sebastian Lang-Lessing returns to the podium

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

After a busy summer that included concerts in Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, and a recording with Renee Fleming, Sebastian Lang-Lessing leads his first concert of the season.

"It's the most exciting concert!" said Lang-Lessing. "Of course, I'm going to say that about every concert."

The varied program includes violinist Baiba Skride in Robert Schumann's Concerto in d minor.

"Baiba and I were to have performed several times, and it has just never worked out, so I am very excited to have her solo in San Antonio, in one of the most dramatic works."

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Classical Spotlight
2:43 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Glory of Gabrieli: San Antonio Choral Society opens its 48th season

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

It is the splendor of multiple choirs & brass in this 400th anniversary celebration of Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (d.1612). Special guest artists will include the San Antonio Brass, strings, and the choirs from First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church to culminate in a performance of nearly 150 musicians.

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