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KPAC Blog
3:39 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.

"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something  that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."

Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."

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KPAC Blog
10:33 am
Mon October 7, 2013

SOLI Chamber Ensemble Tackles Old And New Works

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.

"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."

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World Music
2:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

World Celebrations: An Indian Flower Festival In San Antonio

Bathukamma
Randhirreddy 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 a flower festival celebrated in India--and right here in San Antonio, as well!

BATHUKAMMA

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

"The Hills Are Alive" With San Antonio Choral Society's Fall Performances

San Antonio Choral Society Music Director Jennifer Seighman.
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society’s 49th performing season starts October 15, so Music Director Jennifer Seighman dropped by the studio with a preview.

“We will have four major concerts," she said. "The first one is 'The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria and Austria' and this is in anticipation of our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria, and also to help us get started celebrating Octoberfest this month."

Seighman said the "Hills Are Alive" performance will contain selections from "The Sound of Music."

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World Music
3:08 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Cumbia: The Musical Backbone Of Latin America

Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:43 pm

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

SA Public Library Showing Off A Time Capsule Of World War I Posters

Victory Liberty Loan
Harry Hertzberg

An exhibit with an unusual origin opens at the downtown Central Library next week. The exhibit's curator, Allison Hays Lane, explains.

"We have over 40 wonderful, original World War I posters and prints that were found in the basement of the Hertzberg Museum," Lane said.

Lane was asked how that surprise find must have made those finding it feel.

“Almost like King Tut’s Tomb. I mean it was just wonderful!" she said.

Lane speaks in excited and reverential terms about the artists whose works comprise the "Winds and Words of War" collection.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Witte's "CSI, The Experience" Lets You Become The Sleuth

Photo courtesy the Witte Museum

The Witte Museum’s new exhibition is a whodunit adventure. The new exhibit is called "CSI, the Experience" and like the TV program, murder is at its core. 

The Witte’s Shannon Standley walked us through the three grisly settings where fictional victims had met their demise.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

See How Hollywood Dresses Up At The McNay's "Cut!" Exhibit

This silk evening dress with beaded fringe was worn by Radha Mitchell in "Finding Neverland."
Nathan Cone

The McNay Art Museum presents another beautiful costume exhibition with "Cut! Costume and the Cinema," which shows period costumes from dozens of Hollywood blockbusters.

"It’s the largest costume collection that’s ever been presented at the McNay," said Museum Director William Chiego. "This is a chance to see a very large number of costumes made for film, and it’s a wonderful contrast to costumes made for stage." [see related story at bottom of page.]

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KPAC Programming
2:57 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

"Carnegie Hall Live" Gala Off Due To Stagehand Strike

UPDATE, October 2, 11:17 a.m.: American Public Media will broadcast last year's Carnegie Hall concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra in place of tonight's Opening Night Gala.

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KPAC Blog
2:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Lang-Lessing Excited About Symphony's New Season

Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.

"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov  and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"

Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.

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