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12:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Traditional Songs, Jazzed Up By Monsieur Doumani

Grippy Grappa, by Monsieur Doumani

Monsieur Doumani is not a single person, but three young men from Cyprus, the island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. Formed in 2011, and coming from different musical backgrounds, they were united by their love for the traditional music of their island home. Antonis Antoniou plays the tzouras, an instrument comparable to the bouzouki, Angelos Ionas is the guitarist, and Demetris Yiasemides plays the wind instruments.

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Movie Reviews
11:39 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Courage Under Fire In "Lone Survivor"

L to R: Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, and Emile Hirsch
Universal Pictures

I’m guessing that anyone that goes to see a movie named “Lone Survivor” will assume from the title of the film that only one man comes out alive, right? And that when the producer of the film, Mark Wahlberg, is also the star, that he’ll be the said survivor, yes? Wahlberg plays Houston-born Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who with three fellow SEALs was ambushed by Taliban forces during a special operation on a remote Afghani mountain in 2005.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Grammy Award-Winner Luciana Souza Coming To The Carver

Luciana Souza
Bob Wolfenson

That a Grammy-winning singer is coming to the Carver Cultural Center is a big deal, but that she's been nominated seven times makes it far bigger still. She's Brazilian jazz singer Luciana Souza, who will perform Saturday, January 19, at the Carver’s Jo Long Theater, and to call her music smooth is an understatement.

I spoke withe Ms. Souza recently about her upcoming performance.

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Classical Music
4:03 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Year, New Discoveries From South America

As is so often the case, discoveries are made by the back way. I was browsing today the upcoming 2014 programming of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, conducted by my old acquaintance Enrique Arturo Diemecke. I saw many familiar composers, but a sprinkling of unknown, mostly Latin American composers as well. Esteban Benzecry, an Argentine musician, was among them. It was a new name to me, and new music--they're playing his Violin Concerto in Buenos Aires.

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Arts & Culture
3:23 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Get In Touch With Your "Artsy" Side At Southwest School Of Art

Vincent Valdez
Southwest School of Art

How have your New Year’s resolutions held up? Here is a place where some of you might actually be able to keep them. If one of your resolutions was to re-connect with the artsy you, or to try and tap into that "right brain" of yours, there’s the Southwest School of Art.

"It’s never too late to be creative," said Southwest’s Drawing and Painting Department Chair Vincent Valdez.

Valdez is encouraging San Antonians to come down and maybe find the rest of who they are.

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KPAC Blog
12:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Camerata San Antonio's Dvorak Concert Features Exciting Guests

Ken Freudigman
Camerata SA

The city’s Dvořák Festival begins tomorrow and Camerata San Antonio is getting ready for their performance on Sunday, January 19.   

"We are truly excited to be partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in their yearly festival," said cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman.

Camerata is a four-piece chamber ensemble that grows just a bit during these festivals.  

"This year Camerata will be partnering with the soloist pianist Michel Dalberto in the magnificent 'Piano Quintet in A Major,'" Freudigman said.

But Dalberto isn’t Camerata’s only guest.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Magik Theatre Presenting 'Jack And The Beanstalk' On Saturday Mornings

The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre is bringing children’s classic "Jack and the Beanstalk" to the stage and is shaking things up by changing the location, and the time, of the performance.

"Magik always has a unique sort of take on these great, classic stories," said Director John Stillwaggon, who also plays the lead role of Jack.

"It’s very true to the original story, it has the same spirit as the original, but it has a few sort of new elements to it."

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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Pilobolus Dance Theater Brings Their "Revolutionary" Style To San Antonio

Pilobolus Dancer Theater
Sara Davis

The Pilobolus Dance Theater is coming to the Majestic on Tuesday, January 14, but if you think you’re going to see standard dance fare, you’re in for some surprises.

"As a company we’re always pushing ourselves to do things that we haven’t done before," said dancer Eriko Jimbo.

"We’re always trying to reach for the next thing," she said.

Pilobolus doesn’t so many exhibit-specific dance moves and standard choreography. Their marketing calls them "revolutionary," "athletic" and "witty."

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Texas Music
8:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album

Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:25 pm

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KPAC Blog
4:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

SOLI Debuts Three New Commissioned Works In January Shows

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

Violinist and SOLI Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Ertan Torgul said his group specializes in contemporary classical music and has commissioned over 40 works in the group's time together.

They pay musicians to write new classical compositions and then SOLI debuts them in San Antonio.  

"All we’re doing really is performing stuff that is new, just like in Beethoven’s day," Torgul said.

Torgul reminds us that even the classics were contemporary at one time.

"We’re doing the same thing for today’s composers," he said.

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