Arts & Culture

Music Interviews
10:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Isabel Leonard, Bringing Young Eyes And Ears To Opera

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano.
Credit Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

YOSA Concerto Competition Winner To Play With Symphony

Over the weekend a musical event with big repercussions was held with several young musicians.  You may remember Youth Orchestra’s of San Antonio—YOSA—was holding a competition.

“On Saturday afternoon we had the YOSA Concerto Competition at St. David’s Episcopal Church.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“Ten musicians from the YOSA Philharmonic played—a really great group of students.”

Judging was done by Peters and two of the San Antonio Symphony’s standouts.

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Arts & Culture
2:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New York, New York, But With A San Antonio Connection

Cecilia Alemani
Timothy Schenck

Artpace is hosting a lecture on Tuesday, November 18 about a New York City installation that has a San Antonio connection. You may remember a story I did a few months ago on the High Line, a public park on the west side of Manhattan.

Cecilia Alemani curates art for the High Line, which is an abandoned, elevated freight railroad.

“Imagine it’s a very long bridge suspended 30 feet in the sky. It has a lot of planting — gorgeous plantings and architecture."

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Lewis Fisher Goes With The Flow In New River Walk Book

Lewis Fisher with his new book
Jack Morgan

He’s made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river. I'm talking about Lewis Fisher. He wrote the definitive book years ago on the history of the San Antonio River, but now he’s got a new one.

“The new book is titled American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River.

So why did we need a new book about the river?

“The River Walk has recently been expanded from three miles to 15 miles, with dramatic extensions to the north and to the south. And this book covers both of them.”

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Arts & Culture
2:02 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Opera About To Get Right Down To The Heart Of The Hill Country

John Dooley
courtesy John Dooley

A scrappy opera organization is staging a one-of-a-kind event. I found out more by speaking to John Dooley. John has sung at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center, and the Pittsburgh Opera, but he’s now decided to take things underground.

“I’m performing with the Texas Hill Country Opera — a concert in The Cave Without a Name.”

Has he ever sung in a cave?

“No, no, I’ve never taken my talent underground.”

So he’s getting really low.

“Exactly, exactly. It’ll be an interesting experience. But I hear the acoustics can’t be beat.”

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Classical Music
11:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Organist Christopher Houlihan, "Conducting A Great Orchestra"

Christopher Houlihan at the organ in Trinity University's Parker Chapel.
Don Hessenflow

“When I was 10, I saw a pipe organ in church for the first time. I was with my fourth grade class, and we were walking into the church for Mass, and I turned around and looked up at the organ, and I was just in awe. I was mesmerized by the sight and sound of it,” said Christopher Houlihan, now 26, and one of the best young organists of his generation.

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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Quartetto Di Cremona: From Halfway Around The World To San Antonio

Credit Courtesy photo

They’re coming from nearly halfway around the world to perform in San Antonio. I reached one of them in Italy.

Quartetto di Cremona. They play chamber music and their first violin is Cristiano Gualco.

“We were born as a quartet in Cremona, that is the city.”

The small northern Italian city of Cremona, with a fine musical tradition, brought together Quartetto.  “The violin makers Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati, the three great violin makers, they were born there, they worked in Cremona.”

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Does Your Child Have The Write Stuff?

Last Year's Contest Winners
Courtesy San Antonio Book Festival

There’s a contest for your teens where they don’t have to sing, play an instrument or spell difficult words. But there is something they're expected to do: they’re expected to write.

“We have a contest for kids between [the] seventh and 12th grades.”

Shannon Stephens is with the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.

“We’re asking them to submit an essay about the theme ‘A Chest in the Attic.’”

I asked "So there’s a Chest in the Attic, they go to look and what do they find? It’s up to them to determine what they find?"

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Arts & Culture
9:06 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Sounds Of Silence, Invincibly Yours

Invincible Czars
Suzi Spies

A classic silent film will soon be playing in San Antonio, but this version will have a twist. The twist was provided by the band the Invincible Czars.

(To hear Invincible Czars, hit "listen” above)

So what makes them so invincible?

“Ha! Good question," says founder Josh Robbins. "Well, we seem to keep going no matter what gets thrown at us. The band has existed for 12 years.”

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The World is Going to Pot--They Hope

Pottery Demonstration
Andy Bally

The San Antonio Potter’s Guild is about to hold their annual Clay Festival.  First, in case you don’t know who they are, here’s Linda Perez to explain.

“The Potter’s Guild is a group of ceramic enthusiasts who mostly are potters, or, ceramic artists in the greater San Antonio area.”

They have an event coming up — the Clay Festival.

“We do! It will be held Nov. 22, in conjunction with the San Antonio Museum of Art. Museum members, and children 12 and under, are free, and non-members will pay $5.”

Admission to the Clay Festival also gets you into the museum.

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