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Classical Music
2:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J.

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:51 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing of the old mill house in Dorset, England where Gardiner was born.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Urban-15 Lights It Up With Dia De Los Muertos Moving Altar

Urban 15's Carnaval de los Muertos celebration 2012.
Steve Gilmore

Known for their pounding drums and creative, lit-from-within costumes, Urban 15 is planning a uniquely San Antonio-centric Dia de los Muertos celebration. Music and media director George Cisneros reveals what their event Carnaval de los Muertos will look like.

"What Urban 15 has developed is what we call the moving altar," Cisneros said. "And that’s using dancers and drummers, and we are basically a commemorative altar, and that moves through the streets."

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Say Si Getting Ready For Dia De los Muertos Festivities

Saturday's family day at Muertitos Fest 2012.
Say Sí

Dia De Los Muertos is a way many Hispanic cultures have learned to process the passing of loved ones and gain a better understanding of death.

Jon Hinojosa from the local youth arts organization Say Sí said Dia De Los Muertos offers something less threatening and more positive than Halloween.

"It’s about remembering those of your loved ones who have passed away, and working to spend some time honoring them through a variety of different ways," Hinojosa said.

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KPAC Blog
3:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Maestro Lang-Lessing Extends Symphony Contract

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphony.
San Antonio Symphony

It’s rare that there’s breaking news in the classical music realm locally, but today’s news that Sebastian Lang-Lessing will extend his contract with the San Antonio Symphony definitely qualifies.

It's a new five-year extension brought on, in part, by an increased financial commitment on the part of major donors such as H-E-B and Valero.

Lang-Lessing is originally from Germany, and is a very popular conductor there, in Europe and as far away as Tokyo and Tasmania, where he conducted concurrently with San Antonio until 2012.

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First Listen
9:50 am
Mon October 28, 2013

First Listen: Midlake, 'Antiphon'

Midlake's new album, Antiphon, comes out Nov. 5.
Sammy Reed Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:53 am

Midlake does grand the way Pink Floyd did. The Denton, Texas, band's members have big ideas and a sound that feels like a massive orchestra, with arrangements that build and unfold. All of this is done with more rock and less folk, yet still a timeless style. It reaches back while feeling present.

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Classical Music
9:49 am
Mon October 28, 2013

First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 9:51 am

Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease. In the rock world, he's known as a member of The National (along with his twin brother, Aaron) and a founding member of Clogs.

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Ecstatic Voices
11:13 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:07 pm

The modest, cream-colored '50s-era chapel that's home to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston looks like many other places of worship you might find in urban America. The first clue to a unique tradition here pulls up Sunday afternoon.

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Recipes
4:53 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Death Becomes Whimsical On Dia De Los Muertos

Melissa Block/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:55 pm

On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.

"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.

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Books
3:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

San Antonio Book Fest Looking For Tomorrow's Writers

Mayor Juian Castro and Katy Flato
Katy Flato

The Texas Book Festival-San Antonio isn’t until next April, but there’s something you may want to know about that’s coming up sooner. Director Katy Flato says a new Fiction Writing Contest associated with the fest is looking for the writers of tomorrow.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Pow! Zap! Alamo City Comic Con Opens Today

Alamo City Comic Con runs Oct. 24-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Courtesy

Gotham City's Dynamic Duo is coming to the Alamo City. From the 1960s television program "Batman," Adam West and Robin Burt Ward join Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters," Danny Trejo from "Machete," and many more celebrities in town for a highly anticipated event among the geek conogscenti.

For fans like Tim Stewart, the Alamo City Comic Con is a big deal.

"I've been a fan of science fiction and comic books all of my life," he said.

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