Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Former Witte Curator Cecilia Steinfeldt, The "First Lady Of Texas Art," Dies

Curator Emeritus Cecilia Steinfeldt, who served as an iconic and creative influence during her 60-year career, passed away Friday, May 17, in San Antonio.

Steinfeldt, who was born in Wisconsin in 1915, moved to San Antonio in 1923. Her parents enrolled her in art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum in 1925.

She became a young woman during the Great Depression, and after high school took advantage of the Mexican government’s offer of free art supplies and tuition to study art in Mexico City under Carlos Merida.

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KPAC Blog
11:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music

Photograph of composer Richard Wagner, Paris, 1861. Originally printed in the Galerie des hommes du jour.
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Wagner's incredible and improbable success is one of the fairytale's of high art. The late Jacques Barzun referred to his position in later life as: "That of a Lord of all the arts."

Randy Anderson has rightly commented on his association with the highest circles of the intellect and art: De Gobineau, Nietzsche, Semper, Meyerbeer, Berlioz and later Liszt, as Wagner would wed Cosima, the pianist's daughter.

So how did all this happen?

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

See The Concept Designs For The New San Pedro Creek Waterway

San Antonio River Authority

Bexar County Commissioners Tuesday unveiled the design for the restoration of San Pedro Creek through downtown. 

The project will create an urban linear park while containing the 100-year floodplain within the banks of the creek.

Sort of like a little sister to the San Antonio River, San Pedro Creek will offer walking paths, recreational areas, and chances to pause at historic sites along the four-mile waterway.

The cost estimate on the project is $175 million.

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Classical Spotlight
11:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Opera Gala Premieres World Class Singers At The Majestic

Jay Hunter Morris
The-Wagnerian.com

The Opera San Antonio (TOSA) presents a "Gala Concert of Stars" at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. These stars include Patricia Racette, Jay Hunter Morris, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meacham, and Eric Owens.

TOSA announced Lisette Oropesa is replacing Susannah Biller, who was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.

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Arts & Culture
9:06 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Art Installation Connecting Southside Neighborhoods

Overlapping shadows cast an intricate pattern over the underpass.
Frank Gonzales COSA photographer

Underneath heavily-traveled Interstate 35 at Theo and Malone, in an unexpected place for art, six spherical chandeliers bathe the ground, concrete columns and underside of the bridge with rich, vibrant color and transform an otherwise industrial thoroughfare into an enjoyable space for pedestrians and drivers.

Ballroom Luminoso is the first public art project to be completed under the new bond program approved by voters in 2012.

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Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Chichester And Fern Hill On Horizon For Choral Society

Conductor Jennifer Seighman
Chris Eudaily/TPR

"Beyond the Horizon" is the season finale for the San Antonio Choral Society. The concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm will be led by Jennifer Seighman.

Seighman will lead Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, as well as music by living composers like John Corigliano. "I've based the program on poetry," Jennifer states. "What lies behind us, what lies before us, what lies beyond us - are tiny matters compared to what is within us. It comes from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote."

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Jump-Start Theater's Lease Expiring, Blue Star Looking Forward

The facade of Jump Start in the Rue Bernard ally of the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown.
Joey Palacios TPR

For about the last 20 years the Jump-Start Performance Company could been seen on stage at the Blue Star Arts Complex, but now they are looking for a new home.

Jump-Start started producing it’s cutting-edge performances at the Blue Star’s theater space before there were First Fridays, before there was a Southtown scene.

That scene is now about to be without its most theatrical presence.

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Classical Spotlight
9:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

French Master Shows Romantic Side With Mozart Gem

Pianist Michel Dalberto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Two works share the San Antonio Symphony program this weekend with conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing: Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Michel Dalberto.

Audiences won't expect the romantic sounds of Ferruccio Busoni when they hear  the Mozart - but the Italian master wrote cadenzas (solo passages within the concerto) that Dalberto will play. 

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World Music Pick
12:01 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Romanticism On Asgeir Trausti's "In The Silence"

Ásgeir Trausti hoped to be a professional track and field athlete but his plans were detailed by various sporting injuries. He became a professional musician instead and quickly rose to to top of the Icelandic music scene.

All the words to his songs are composed by his 72-year-old father and are filled with lyric romanticism.

His first album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," (In The Silence) is sung completely in Icelandic, he hopes to reach a broader audience with an all English version of the album currently in the works.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tejano Matriarch Immortalized By U.S. Postal Service

Members of Lydia Mendoza’s family pose in front of a large rendition of her Music Icon stamp in the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Joey Palacios TPR

Lydia Mendoza has been called the first lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor as part of a music legends series.

La alondra de la frontera (the lark of the border) was honored at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the West Side.

Mendoza was born to a musical family in Houston in 1916 and she progressed in her talents, eventually mastering the 12-string guitar.

Mendoza is one of several pioneering musicians being honored in the postal services' Music Icon stamp series.

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