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KPAC Blog
2:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Last Mid-Texas Symphony Seasonal Concert Is This Sunday

David Mairs
John Masterson

Mid-Texas Symphony has a performance on Sunday that may have escaped your attention, but I'm here to make sure it doesn’t!

“We are in Seguin, and we perform in Seguin and New Braunfels," said Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director David Mairs. "I think it’s been said that they are the two smallest cities in the United States that have a fully paid, fully professional orchestra. We are founded by Anita Windecker, a former piano professor at Texas Lutheran University.”

The Mid-Texas Symphony uses musicians from all around Seguin, but as Mairs explained, they don’t stop there.

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Carnegie Hall Live
1:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Every inch of the immense Carnegie Hall was filled with musicians as music director Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Benjamin Britten's stunning War Requiem.
Melanie Burford For NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:27 pm

The most successful polemical art succeeds first as art. Benjamin Britten proved that with his War Requiem.

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Fiesta 2014
1:41 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cornyation 2014: The Court Of Festive Fetes & Frivolous Faux Pas

The Court of Anti-Queer Wise Quacks and Quarky Quotations. Designer Robert Rehm.
Lauren Farris Farris Family Film & Photo

Fiesta involves kings, queens and other pseudo royalty, but even the city’s light-hearted 18-day celebration needs some satire on itself. Cornyation is the annual spoof on the Fiesta Coronation where the famous and political are lampooned in on-stage skits.

At its core Cornyation is a stage performance: 300 volunteers, 6,000 audience members, poignant political gaffes, campy controversial catastrophes and tacky troubling topics. It's a three-night performance conducted each year during the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Fiesta.

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KPAC Blog
12:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Opera Piccola Bringing Two New Productions On Mother's Day Weekend

On May 10 and 11, Opera Piccola are bringing two operas to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre stage.

“Anytime we get to perform or present two pieces of new opera in a place for the first time, it’s exciting," said Opera Piccola Artistic Director Mark Richter. 

“There are two one-act operas; two very different kinds of experiences," he said. "One, of course, is derived from the ancient tale of Orpheus and how he follows his love Eurydice into the underworld after she dies.”

You may have heard of Orpheus and Eurydice.

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Arts & Culture
2:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

"Golden Theater" At The Playhouse Provides A Creative Outlet For Seniors

Golden Theater.
Andrea Medina

A new production is relying on some not-so-new actors. As someone who is gray-haired myself, I can call those actors not-so-new. Although many of them are new to acting itself. The program is called Golden Theater.

Christina Casella, the education outreach director at The Playhouse, said the program is basically theater classes for senior citizens.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fiesta Fantasias Set To Rock Hemisfair Park Beginning Wednesday

Hemisfair arch decorated.
Judi Deleon

Fiesta continues, and this week Hemisfair Park will be alive with music for an event called Fiesta Fantasias.

"Fiesta Fantasias is a free event: We’ll have music, food, beverages, arts and crafts, and the only laser light show set to music during Fiesta," said Judi Deleon, who heads the San Antonio Parks Foundation.

"The event takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 5 p.m. doors open until 10:30 in the evening.  Did I mention it was free?" she said.

I asked her to tell me more about the synchronized laser light show.

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Arts & Culture
10:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Boerne's New Sculpture Space Is Part Garden, Part Gallery

Sculpture garden.
Johny Rosa

I was driving recently in Boerne, and came up to a stop sign at Plant Street and River Road. Movement on my peripheral vision made me turn and look.

“Those are kinetic wind sculptures," said Johny Rosa, who knows them well because he put them there. And he knows the artist.

“His name is Jim LaPaso. He makes every one of those sculptures by hand,” Rosa said.

I had discovered, by accident, Boerne’s new sculpture garden. Rosa created and paid for it himself.

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Arts & Culture
4:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Worldwide Poetic Event Slated in San Antonio

San Antonio’s Urban 15 is closing out National Poetry Month on April 30 with a six-hour online poetry reading called Mega Corazon.

The way it came about was through last month’s poetry event called "Mi Pueblo" by the city’s former Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla. George Cisneros, Urban-15's Media Director, explains:

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SAY Si Graduates Get Set For Exit Art Show On May 2

Many local schools are beginning to think about graduation but SAY Sí, the afterschool youth program that says it “unfolds lives through art,” is getting ready to graduate 18 seniors in just a couple weeks.

“On Friday, May 2, which is the First Friday here in the Southtown Arts District, and it’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.,” said Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. He said that for the graduation, graduates’ art output will be showcased for all to see.

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

"Frackaso," An Art Perspective On Hydraulic Fracturing

Frackaso poster.
Credit Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

A new exhibit opens Friday combining art and fossil fuel extraction called Frackaso. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s Marisol Cortez explained how it was named.

“In English it’s a play on fracas: a mess, a fracas. And in Spanish fracaso means an utter and abject failure,” Cortez said.

And then there’s fracking, which is the third and strongest meaning of this art show. The Esperanza sent out the word they wanted to do an exhibit with hydraulic fracturing as its muse, and people responded.   

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