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9:24 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Symphony Of The Hills Offers A Christmas Gift

Symphony of the Hills
Full House Productions

You’re surely aware of the San Antonio Symphony, but it’s not the only area orchestra. In Kerrville, the 80-piece Symphony of the Hills performs five concerts a year.

"The orchestra is made up of professionals from the Hill Country community and as far away as San Antonio and Austin and the surrounding communities," says Dr. Eugene Dowdy, the symphony's Associate Conductor.

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Classical Music
2:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:55 am

If you're going to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next week, you've probably already started gathering the traditional ingredients — but your ingredients are most likely very different from those that made up the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. (Marshmallows with those sweet potatoes, anyone?)

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Classical Music
3:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:57 am

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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KPAC Blog
2:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphony Welcomes Guest Violinist Philippe Quint And His Stradivarius To San Antonio

Philippe Quint and his violin.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco press photo

The San Antonio Symphony has invited guest violinist Philippe Quint for its next performance. Quint was born in Leningrad, Russia, to a musical family and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

He earned multiple degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. Quint will be in San Antonio this weekend to play Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the San Antonio Symphony.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Austria's Salzburg Marionettes In San Antonio On Wednesday

"The Sound of Music"
Courtesy photo

Big time puppetry returns to the Alamo City on Wednesday, November 20, thanks to the Children’s Fine Art Series, who have been in San Antonio for 31 years now.

"It actually was the creation of the Montessori school my children were attending," said Executive Director Kathleen Miller. "When I started there wasn’t a whole lot of choice. But I think along the way a lot of people have realized how important that is for young children, and that they can develop that appreciation for arts at that young age."

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Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World War II Portraits Get A Color Makeover At Boerne Library Exhibit

Artist Chris Demarest
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Your local library may have revolving displays of period museum collections or perhaps paintings hanging on the walls of their public gallery, but they probably don’t have this.

Chris Demarest is the painter who created about 30 paintings of World War II servicemen and women that are on display at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne. You may still be asking: what’s so different about that?

"I bring my easel wherever I go, so I work in public" Demarest explained.

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Classical Music
8:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eric Thayer for NPR Music

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

In the classical music world right now, many eyes are focused on Jeremy Denk.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Religion And Science Mix In New Southwest School Of Art Exhibit

Southwest School of Art

Artist Chris Sauter wants you to question the notions of religion and science, and how they interact -- or don't interact.

"If you’re a religious person you can’t really believe in science and if you’re a scientific person you can’t really believe in religion," he said. "I think that’s a fallacy."

So Sauter creates art to get you to think about how they have a certain overlap. Soon, he will have four themed exhibitions in four separate locations.

"The Southwest School exhibition is the first," he said. "It opens on November 21."

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Jump-Start Returns To Experimental Roots At New Beacon Hill Space

Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start Performance Company's lease in the Blue Star complex has run out and now they are moving to a new location in Beacon Hill at 710 Fredericksburg Road.

The new address is in the heart of the old uptown area, already known for other artists who create there.

"It’s also the studios for Stephan Gaeth, he has the Uptown Studios," said Erik Bosse, the marketing director for the Jump-Start Performance Co.

Jump-Start is known for its non-traditional take on creating theater.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Spare Parts Fills A Local Educational Need For Art Supplies

Mary Elizabeth Cantu (center) and volunteers.
Chris Castillo

When the legislature chopped $5 billion out of the school budgets in 2011, it had an unexpected result here in San Antonio. An organization was created called Spare Parts.

"It was pretty painful, the cuts in education," said Mary Elizabeth Cantu, founder of Spare Parts.

So her organization tried to provide some of what the budget no longer did, art supplies.

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