Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
2:18 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Take An Architectural Journey On Saturday Historic Church Walking Tours

Historic Church Walking Tour.
Nicholas Fuqua

You don’t have to be any particular denomination — or any denomination — to be interested in downtown’s church architecture and history. The city's Office of Historic Preservation continues with its historic walking tour program.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Canadian Dance Troupe Stepcrew Brings International Show To Boerne

Dance troupe Stepcrew is coming to Boerne next week. You may remember the Riverdance phenomenon in the mid 1990s. A young Canadian man saw that and thought, "Wait! We’re already doing that!"

“When we grew up I didn’t even know Irish dancing existed," said Nathan Pilatzke, a dancer and founding member of Stepcrew. "We were just learning this dance which was from our area.”

But he said they’re not just another Riverdance.

Read more
Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Tile Mural Continues Long River Walk Tradition

Susan Dunis & Sienna Dunis Ginn
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

That water tank behind the Arneson River Theater stage marks San Antonio’s oldest pump station. Just to the west of it is the brand new Briscoe Museum. The area between them is the beautiful McNutt Courtyard.

As an entrance to the River Walk, it’s a prime place to carry on a San Antonio art tradition — a painted tile mural.

"It’s completely in the W.P.A. tradition," said tile expert and author Susan Toomey Frost talking about the Works Progress Administration tile murals installed as part of the old River Walk. She cites a long tradition.

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

Read more
KPAC Blog
3:52 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Dvorak Festival Winds Down With Iconic 'New World Symphony'

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
KLRN

The last weekend of the San Antonio Symphony's Dvořák Festival is coming, but to begin we look back at last weekend’s "Rusalka."

“I was really proud and really happy with the result, and I think our understanding of Dvořák really changed with this piece," said symphony Music Director Lang-Lessing. "We really learned about Dvořák.”

Headlining this weekend are Dvořák’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, but as Lang-Lessing explained, before playing them the symphony tackles a contemporary piece by American Jennifer Higdon.  

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SAMA's New Exhibit: Thomas Sully's 19th Century Selfies, Andrew Jackson And More

Major Thomas Biddle
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.

Read more
Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Local High School Girls Win Book Festival Writing Prize

Lee HS Principal Rick Canales; SA Public Library Foundation President Tracey Bennett; NESA 9th grader and winner Rhyanne Saul with her family; and Texas Cavaliers Publicity Chairman Clint Hennessey
Robert Shaw

There’s something amazingly optimistic about seeing young people attaining goals. Yesterday I saw a pair doing just that. The San Antonio Book Festival had asked local high school students to write an essay with the theme: A river runs through it.

I went along as winners were informed.

"Oh, I won?" said Jessica Redmon, the 11th grade winner, shocked to see a TV camera, her grandmother and a dozen people invade her classroom. Jessica wrote about the summer her sister and she experienced, but she started the project by doing this.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Grammy-Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Coming Sunday To UTSA

Promo image.

Guitar fans and music lovers, there’s a program this Sunday you’ll want to know about. On Sunday, February 9, the UTSA Recital Hall hosts the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

The Quartet has been together for 33 years and have accumulated multiple awards, including a Grammy. The music they play runs the gamut from bluegrass to Bach to jazz, according to UTSA Music Professor and guitarist, Matt Dunne.

Read more
Classical Music
4:23 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells the story of an Auschwitz prisoner and a Nazi guard, whose lives continue to interweave after the the war.
Lynn Lane Houston Grand Opera

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich called it a perfect masterpiece without ever having seen it performed. The Passenger, an opera about the Holocaust, was written nearly half a century ago, but was only given its first full performance just three years ago.

Now it's getting its U.S. premiere at the Houston Grand Opera. The opera is based on a story by a Holocaust survivor, with music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, a composer who lost his entire family in the Nazi death camps.

Read more
Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Artist Foundation Of San Antonio Provides The Sparks For Local Artistic Fire

There’s often more good art than there is money to pay for it, which is why the Artist Foundation of San Antonio was created. But what do they do?

“We have awarded over $500,000 to over 92 San Antonio Artists," said founder Patricia Pratchett about what they’ve given away since forming in 2005. Can anyone apply?

“If you live in Bexar County, then you’re eligible" Prachett said.

Read more

Pages