Arts & Culture

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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First Listen
9:31 am
Mon January 27, 2014

First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted'

Gina Chavez's new album, Up.Rooted, comes out Feb. 15.
Judson Baker Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:14 am

Gina Chavez's voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it. At least that's how it worked for me when I came upon her performance during South by Southwest a few years ago. She was playing a semi-acoustic set on a sunlit patio above a busy sports bar — a setting not exactly conducive to her intimate songwriting.

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11:34 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Musical Offerings Brings Dvorak Repertoire To SAMA

Wikimedia Commons

Musical Offerings has its own take on presenting chamber music, specializing in presenting concerts at several cultural locations in town, rather than one home base, according to Artistic Director and violinist Joan Christenson.

“Many of the different museums in town, some of the churches, Trinity University, UTSA," she said.

They’re playing Monday night and at a place that really lends itself to their music, the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Thao Nguyen On Her Time Off And On The Road

Nick Walker

Thao Nguyen began playing guitar at the age of 12.  She practiced songs in her mothers Laundromat.  She started bands in high school, a high school dedicated to science and technology.  In college she played weekend shows, while earning a double major in women’s studies and psychology.  

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Arts & Culture
5:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

The Ten Tenors Bring Their Australian Swagger To Boerne

The Ten Tenors.
Dylan Evans Photography

They’ve got a distinctive sound and maybe it’s because there are ten of them. Or maybe it’s that they’re Australian.  

"We’re just about to start our brand new show, which is the Ten Tenors on Broadway," said the group's Touring Musical Director Paul Gelsumini.. He describes what they do.

"Ten Aussie guys having fun onstage, you know, we are notorious for a few dance moves every now and then," Gelsumini said.

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Filmmaker Deadline Looms For San Antonio Film Festival

Adam Rocha courtesy photo.

A film festival is one of those metrics by which city’s art scene is measured and the San Antonio Film Festival has been growing slowly for the last 20 years.

"What we do is screen films. They’re San Antonio filmmakers and they’re also filmmakers from around the world," said festival Executive Director Adam Rocha.

"And this is for seven fantastic days running July 28 through August 3," he said.

The film fest is still quite far off, but he is gathering films and filmmakers need to know they have a couple of deadlines to meet.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

The Soundtrack Of Chilean Oppression And A "New Song"

Trinity University

It’s a music and arts event which has ties to something that happened long ago and far away. Chile’s Salvador Allende was overthrown in coup forty years ago. The Allende period, and its aftermath, has been marked with an unusual metric.

"There was a real soundtrack that went along with the rise of the Allende government," said Trinity University’s David Spener. "And its fall due to the military overthrow, and the long dictatorship that followed it. And that soundtrack was known as la nueva canción, the Chilean new song.”

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2:36 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Symphony's New Concertmaster Says Classical Music Is "Sort Of Like Sushi"

Eric Gratz
Chance James

If you're reading this you've probably heard his work, but his voice? Probably not. Hit "Listen" to hear the story.

"I recently began officially with the orchestra," said Eric Gratz, the San Antonio Symphony’s new concertmaster, who said his love of music came from his musical family.

What does a concertmaster do?

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

The Hidden History Inside The Institute Of Texan Cultures

Institute of Texan Cultures
James Benavides

If you follow the Tower of the Americas to its base, and look just to its southeast you’ll see a huge square building of odd design. It’s the Institute of Texan Cultures. It’s one of downtown’s most distinctive buildings, yet many San Antonians have never been there. In case you’ve never been, maybe it’s time.

"There are all kinds of wonderful, hidden stories here at the Institute," said James Benavides, the ITC’s senior communications specialist, and his job is to make those stories less hidden.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate Native American Culture At The United San Antonio Pow Wow

Ramon Vasquez
J. Michael Short, San Antonio Express-News

The United San Antonio Pow Wow is February 1-2 and the once-a-year gathering is unlike any other in San Antonio. The event is presented by the group American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions.

"People who come out will be able to enjoy traditional Native American dancing, be able to taste traditional American Indian food," said Executive Director Ramon Vasquez.

The San Antonio Pow Wow is held at the Alzafar Shrine Temple on Loop 1604 in the Stone Oak area and is free to all who come.

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