Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Young Composer Unites Sounds And Friends

Violinist and Composer Darian Thomas
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center.  Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"

Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:

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Arts & Culture
10:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McNay Mash-Up A Collision Of Disparate Topics And Passionate Discussion

1963 Corvette Split-back
Larry Mills

The McNay Art Museum mash-up lecture series returns next week and this summer's events kick off with classic cars and big hair.

"I think cars are just part of the American culture," said Larry Mills, a classic car collector. "There are just a lot of people that get really, really passionate about cars."

Mills will offer his expertise to a mash-up lecture next week. He is passionate about driving the classic works of art, and he can see the relationships between cars and theatrical makeup.

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:38 am
Wed July 10, 2013

JFK's Day In San Antonio 24 Hours Before His Assassination

JFK visited four Airmen participating in a space exploration experiment at then-Brooks Air Force Base, now Brooks City-Base, on Nov. 21, 1963.

On November 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy stopped in to see four airmen inside an oxygen chamber in San Antonio.

The men, who were from Lackland Air Force Base, were involved in experiments on space exploration.

Rudy Purificato, an Air Force historian, said because of Kennedy's deep interest and push for space discovery, NASA was catching up on research the Air Force had already been conducting.

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Classical Spotlight
7:56 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Heats Up With Strings

Pianist James Winn and Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
courtesy of the artist

More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

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San Antonio Eats
2:08 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Raising The Heat With Cool Soup And Trout Salad

Ryan Loyd NPR

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 2:34 pm

San Antonio is no stranger to triple-digit heat this time of year. That's why Jason Dady likes to keep it cool in the kitchen of his northern Italian-themed restaurant called Tre Trattoria.

This time of year, the tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh, the veggies are bountiful, and Dady says it's one of the season's highlights to have fun with light and refreshing food.

For the gazpacho, Dady chops cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers, then adds some water. Then he blends it, a couple times.

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Movie Reviews
10:38 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Blu-ray Review: Bette Davis In The 1930s

Kino Lorber

 

Long, long before it was a bumpy night for the guests of Margo Channing (“All About Eve”), and even before “Now, Voyager,” Bette Davis appeared in dozens of films as a rising actress. Two of her early films, “Hell’s House” and “Of Human Bondage,” are newly available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, in what is touted as an “archival restoration.”

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World Music
10:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

World Celebrations: Moose Dropping Festival

Bull Moose
Donna Dewhurst Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week we drop in on Alaska. 

MOOSE DROPPING FESTIVAL

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Classical Spotlight
11:30 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Dreams Up New Programs

Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, founder and artistic director of Cactus Pear Music Festival
Credit courtesy of the artist

The seventeenth season of the Cactus Pear Music Festival gets underway Wednesday afternoon in Boerne with a children's concert. The theme this year is "Dreams & Prayers." 

"When my trio was putting together the Jalbert [Piano Trio], I kept thinking of the Messiaen [Quartet for the End of Time] - we worked on it two years ago - so it's interesting that somehow I put the two pieces together. They make great bookends to the "Into the Mystic" program!" says Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

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Classical Music
10:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Singing Nuns Top Classical Charts

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 10:50 am

Angels and Saints at Epheseus” has topped Billboard’s classical charts for weeks.

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Movie Reviews
3:40 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Branagh Imagines Mozart's 'Magic Flute' In Wartime

Pamina (Amy Carson) and Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) in Kenneth Branagh's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Revolver Group

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 3:41 pm

Mozart's The Magic Flute, the last opera he lived to complete, has some of his most sublime and sublimely comic music. Technically, it's more of a musical comedy, what in German is called a Singspiel, a play with songs and spoken dialogue. I was excited to learn that it was filmed by Kenneth Branagh, whose Shakespeare movies I really admire. Mozart's mixture of fairy tale and high morality presents a great opportunity for a filmmaker; in 1975, Ingmar Bergman released a version for Swedish television that has become a beloved classic.

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