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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Texas Children's Choir Commemorates WWII Hero

The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.

Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:

"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.

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World Music
12:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Clannad Returns With Ethereal "Nádúr"

ARC Music

Over forty years ago, a young family band came together to sing the local pub in County Donegal, owned by Moya and Enya Brennan’s father. Clannad’s sound was essentially Irish, underscored by the fact that they also sang in Gaelic. The native language was extensively spoken in North Western Ireland, but was considered a commercial death knell for anyone hoping to find success in the music industry. So when “The Theme From Harry’s Game,” sung exclusively in Irish, entered the British pop charts at number five, a glass ceiling shattered.

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.

"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.

The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.

"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Take Note Gives San Antonio Teens A Musical Outlet

Take Note
City of San Antonio

Take Note, a music group made up of local teens ages 13-18, originates with the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

"We take the kind of garage-band students to a pre-professional level, training them for all kinds of venues and events here in the city of San Antonio," said Program Manager Mona Lisa Montgomery.

Students earn their place in Take Note through auditions.

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KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Chamber Orchestra Of San Antonio Celebrates Britten's 100th Anniversary

San Antonio Chamber Orchestra
Brad Milne

The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio was formed in 2008, and though the group's history is a short one, their November 7 event at the San Antonio Museum of Art has a 100-year time time frame. The event celebrates composer Benjamin Britten.

"People all over the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth," said Paul Montalvo, the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

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World Music
3:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

World Celebrations: Devils And Horns!

Diablada dancer, 2009.
Bjaglin Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, hear about horns and devils that don't necessarily go together...

FESTA DEL CORNUTO

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Meatopia At The Pearl, Where Meat Dreams Are Made Real

meatopia.org

The smells of all kinds of meat will be wafting through the Pearl complex this Sunday with an unusual event called Meatopia. Meatopia is centered around a huge variety of meats all being cooked for attendees by those who do it best. Chef John Tesar out of Dallas is here to cook, and he’s not alone.

"Thirty-two chefs preparing all different cuts of meat. I am preparing bison," Tesar said.

Bison? What makes Bison worth sinking your teeth into?

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Emotional Performance From The Mastersingers

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

"Annelies" is a music event unlike perhaps any you've been to before. It's the story of Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis with her family for three years in an Amsterdam attic. They were eventually found and all died in Bergen-Belsen concentration Camp.

Left behind though, was her diary, which revealed her intelligence and humanity in a particularly inhumane situation. It served as a catalyst for movies, and as San Antonio Mastersinger Chancey Blackburn explains, a piece of music.

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Movie Interviews
2:25 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Jared Leto Was 'Seduced' By Role Of Rayon In 'Buyers Club'

In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. "I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live ... life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women's clothing," Leto says.
Anne Marie Fox Focus Features

Dallas Buyers Club is based on the story of Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy and electrician, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1985. With the latest drugs still in the trial phase, he was told he didn't have long to live. Without access to possibly life-prolonging drugs, he sought out alternative treatments in Mexico and smuggled those drugs into the U.S., forming a buyers club for fellow HIV patients.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Diwali Festival Of Light Brightens Weekend

Diwali San Antonio
Murali Subramaniam

With all the Dia De Los Muertos celebrations in town, there’s one other you may have missed. Diwali extols the victory of good over evil. It also celebrates Indian culture -- the kind that comes from India. Kausi Subramanium explains:

"Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this Saturday, November 2 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at Hemisfair Park," Subramanium said. "We will have live music and dancing -- dancealongs where our guests can participate in Bhangra, Garbha, as well as Bollywood Zumba."

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