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10:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Haunting Performance From The Symphony: "The Composer Is Dead"

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.

"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

This Sunday, SA Chamber Choir Will Leave You "Breathless"

Scott McPherson
Beate Gersch

The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.

"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.

The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.

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KPAC Blog
4:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

First Presbyterian Church Honors The Best Of Bess

UTSA Professor Emeritus Bess Hieronymus.
UTSA

San Antonio's First Presbyterian Church is known for its expansive music programs. Now, an event is set to honor former member Bess Hieronymus, who was also known as an accomplished music teacher and organ virtuoso.

"She had an international reputation," said John Silantien, director of choral activities at UTSA. "She would bring organ virtuosos down here and they would play duets together on the organ at UTSA."

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World Music
10:35 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

First Listen: Omar Souleyman, 'Wenu Wenu'

Omar Souleyman's new album, Wenu Wenu, comes out Oct. 22.
Hisham Bharoocha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 9:34 am

Omar Souleyman is the hottest Syrian speaker-slayer at work in the West, with an audience full of serious underground record nerds, as well as stars such as Björk and Damon Albarn. His recordings worked their way into their current post-geographical milieu by way of Sublime Frequencies, an enterprising label devoted to cross-cultural curios from all over the world.

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World Music
10:34 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

La Vida Boheme, 'La Vida Mejor'

Music video for La Vida Boheme's "La Vida Mejor."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:40 am

Titled Será, the most recent album by the Venezuelan band La Vida Boheme was a Latin Grammy-nominated epic; a post-apocalyptic opera prima that feels like it's about love and life in Latin America, perhaps more specifically in the group's tumultuous home country. Either way, La Vida Boheme continues to play brilliantly with mixing industrial rock, punk, disco, jazz and Latin rhythms.

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Movie Reviews
12:05 am
Sat October 12, 2013

"Machete" Slices Through A Sequel

Machete (Danny Trejo) and Mendez (Demian Bichir)
Open Road Films

Fox News has little to fear from “Machete Kills,” a sequel that trades the subversive immigration politics of its predecessor in favor of more over-the-top mayhem and humor with its titular character, portrayed with monosyllabic gusto by Danny Trejo. The production opens with a fake (or is it?) trailer for “Machete Kills Again...

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KPAC Blog
5:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Why Verdi?

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikimedia Commons

My first exposure to the music of Guiseppe Verdi came in high school. Fred Junkin, the director of the Victoria High School Band, chose Verdi's "Overture to La Forza del Destino" for one of our contest pieces. The drama of the piece stuck with me, such that as a professional musician and devoted listener to classical music, my heart still responds to Verdi's restless score.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mariachi Corazon Taking Main Plaza By Storm

Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio performing at Fiesta 2013.
MCSA Facebook page

Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio is a yearly high school competition to find the city’s best young mariachi musicians. This year's event is at Main Plaza on Saturday, October 26.

"Those students are nominated by their mariachi director to perform and they stand out in the crowd, and they have one minute time to do performances," said Main Plaza Conservancy’s Jane Pauley-Flores. "And so the judges are not only hearing the high school bands, but they are also hearing the performance of the individual that has been nominated."

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World Music
1:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting For The Gods

Nada No Kenka Matsuri
Sailko Wikimedia Commons

Festivals associated with the gods are normally characterized by peace and reverence, but not at the Nada No Kenka Matsuri (Oct. 14-15) in Japan. Every year, men of all ages engage in a colossal pushing, shoving and general rowdiness at a procession involving large shrines mounted on platforms carried through the streets.

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Arts & Culture
4:07 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Southside's Ballroom Luminoso Wins SXSW Eco Award For Public Space

Ballroom Luminoso
City of San Antonio

It’s pretty much just an overgrown and forbidding area on the Southside -- the space beneath the I-35 overpass between Theo and Malone -- but here your tax dollars have created something special in Ballroom Luminoso, a public art project that has won the SXSW Eco Award for Transformative Design in the Public Space Design Competition.

The transformative design award recognizes excellence in how a design shapes or reinterprets the physical environment.

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