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11:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Takes On Stravinsky Classic 'The Firebird'

Firebird dancers.
Courtesy photo

A ballet classic is opening soon, and Ballet San Antonio is presenting it. If you don’t know the story behind Igor Stravinsky’s "The Firebird," Ballet San Antonio President and CEO Courtney Barker explains its premise, starting with Prince Ivan.

“He goes on a journey to seek and win the heart of a princess," she said. "On his journey he meets a glowing, magical bird that protects him through the journey. And we have monsters that come out, and those are played by ten of our male dancers.”

The firebird protects our pirouetting protagonist in his search for his princess.

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Your Window To Asia Opens Saturday At The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Lion dancer, Asian Festival.
James Benavides

It comes around once a year, and when it does, San Antonio’s Asian population takes center stage.
The 27th annual Asian Festival is all in one day, and it happens on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

"There’ll be stages for music and dance, there’ll be food vendors with authentic specialties from China and Japan, India, Laos and Cambodia, so many wonderful food opportunities," said ITC Senior Communications Specialist James Benavides.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir Sings Against All Odds

Watoto Children's Choir
Watoto staff

Their music is pretty well guaranteed to put a smile on your face but the kids who are making it haven’t had a lot to smile about. They're from strife-torn Uganda.

“Some of the children we have were abandoned on the streets," said Watoto Children’s Choir Team Leader Phillip Mugerwa.

“Others, they saw their parents murdered during war. Others saw their parents die of HIV and AIDS,” he said.

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KPAC Blog
4:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Opera Expert Visits SA For McNay Lecture & "Romantic, Mysterious" Rusalka

Marc A. Scorca
Dario Acosta

Thursday night, January 30, the McNay Art Museum’s Chiego Lecture Hall hosts a world-renown expert on opera, something about which many of us know little.

The McNay Art Museum event is called Why Opera Matters and the lecture will be delivered by Marc Scorca, the president and CEO of Opera America.

"An art form that is incorrectly perceived as to be a 19th century European art form when in fact, it is not only a 21st century American art form, but one that speaks to our deepest humanity, and I think makes us better people," Scorca said.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

San Anto Putting On A "Chupachanga" Block Party (With Metal Foundry)

Chupachanga poster.
John Medina

San Antonians will soon come together to create something unusual. The event where that something will be created is called the Chupachanga.

"Chupachanga is a term that we coined for our block party," said San Anto Cultural Arts Program Coordinator Samantha Lopez, who explained how the name makes perfect sense.

"It’s on Chupaderas Street, and it’s a play on the word Chupaderas and pachanga," she said.

Pachanga is a Spanish word for a style of festive music and dance.

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Classical Music
3:16 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Surprising Staging of the Symphony's "Rusalka"

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

If you’re used to going to see the symphony at the Majestic, there is the stage, and there is the audience and ne’er the twain shall meet…but not so with “Rusalka.”

“Rusalka is kind of an adult fairytale. This is rather a grand opera." 

James Robinson has traveled from St. Louis to stage “Rusalka.” As he explains, the details of the opera itself demand a lot from everyone in the production.

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KPAC Blog
12:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Opera Piccola Presents 'La Curandera' At Empire Theatre

Along with the San Antonio Symphony's "Rusalka," another opera is coming. It’s called "La Curandera," and it’s got a fascinating backstory.

“La Curandera is a very special opera for us," said Opera Piccola General Director Mark Richter about the opera written by former San Antonian Robert Xavier Rodriguez. It’s modeled after Mozart’s "Bastien and Bastiene," but with a twist.

"It’s definitely Mexican culture that’s going to be in the music and on the stage," Richter said.

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

PASA Turns City Hall Into A Work Of Art

Jason Wilome Art
Courtesy the Artist

There is a new art exhibit that the city thinks you should know about.

“Every six months we do a rotating exhibit of artwork at City Hall and Municipal Plaza and for this upcoming rotation we’re featuring over 60 artworks of artists who teach in different institutions around San Antonio,” said Public Arts Specialist Marissa Laubscher.

As Laubscher details, this is artwork created by those who teach our young how to create art for themselves.

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Classical Music
2:17 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 2:52 pm

"New classical music is well and alive," Brad Wells, director of the vocal collective Roomful of Teeth, said yesterday as he accepted his Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

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KPAC Blog
11:09 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Music, Opera & Mermaids, Symphony's Performance Of 'Rusalka' Has Got It All

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

After a week off, the San Antonio Symphony’s Dvořák Festival continues Friday, and it continues to stretch in different directions. This week's festival performance features the San Antonio Mastersingers, but as Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes, they won’t be in standard choral layout.

"A lot of the singing, especially from the ladies, will be offstage," he said. "So they are the offstage mermaids from underground."

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