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KPAC Blog
12:41 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

What's In A (Musical) Word? Expressing Ink Into Music

First page of Ravel's Bolero
virtualsheetmusic.com

Miles Hoffman, who you might know from playing viola or commenting on NPR's Morning Edition, has written a delightful opinion piece about the word "crescendo." He points out that its use is not always correct, even by some very famous authors!

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KPAC Programming
10:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Performs "Bolero" And More

Martina Filjak performs on "Nights in the Gardens of Spain."
Romano Grozich

Maurice Ravel was somewhat ambivalent about his "Bolero," calling it "18 minutes of orchestra, with no music." But "Bolero," with its hypnotic rhythm, stands as one of the best-loved, most interesting studies of orchestra color and musical acoustics ever composed.

The show this week also includes Spanish music from both Ravel and Manuel de Falla, and impressionistic pictures for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It's music from both sides of the Pyranees on this week's "San Antonio Symphony" broadcast.

This week’s program:

August 10, 7:00 p.m. BOLERO

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Marin Alsop and Sao Paulo Symphony Head to Europe in October

Marin Alsop, Chief Conductor of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Credit Grant Leighton

  In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour. The Orchestra’s most extensive European tour to date takes in Berlin’s Philharmonie, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus, plus three dates at the Salzburg Festival.

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World Festivals
2:41 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

World Celebrations: Tooth Festival

A photograph of the Esala Perehera festival, taken around 1885.
Scowen & Co Wikimedia Commons

Esala Perahera (The Festival of the Tooth) begins on August 7, 2013 and runs for 10 days. The titular tooth apparently belongs to The Buddha and was purloined from his cremated remains. It was smuggled in to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, by Princess Hemamala, and kept by King Rajasinghe. The king decreed that the Tooth would be taken in procession for the masses to venerate. After Britain invaded, the Tooth was handed over to the Buddhist clergy for safekeeping.

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KPAC Blog
11:19 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Remembering Tanglewood Founder Koussevitzky And Some Crazy Changes

Serge Koussevitzky
Credit Wikipedia

We love to look back to birthdays, premieres, and all sorts of anniversaries to celebrate classical music and musicians.  Ensembles and music festivals often celebrate a theme or composer - think about the excellent music the San Antonio Symphony has focused on over the last few years: Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, and next season, Dvorak!

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World Music
5:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Rokia Traoré's "Beautiful Africa"

Nonesuch Records

The cover of Rokia Traore’s latest album shows the singer fashionably attired, complete with a fedora-style hat, sitting on an amplifier with bare feet. Her guitar is propped up against a wall and she’s staring off into the distance. Her CD ‘Beautiful Africa’ is indeed, beautiful.

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KPAC Blog
11:02 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classical Summer Reads: From The Beach To The Ballroom

What are YOU reading this summer?
Credit Courtesy of wikipedia

Summer reading can be a blast, but it doesn't have to be the latest thriller from the NY Times, or a cheap romance novel. I was delighted to see so many new novels just typing in "Classical music" in Amazon.com and sorting by publication date - they start next April (2014) with lots of titles to preorder!

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World Music
8:15 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best Of Brasil Summerfest 2013: Hip Hop, Samba, Tecno Brega And Beyond

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos is among the many new faces invading New York at this year's Brasil Summerfest.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 4:14 pm

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Texas Music
3:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Tools line the walls of Guy Clark's basement workshop at his home in Nashville, where he still builds guitars.
Jinae West NPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:16 pm

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to Guy Clark.

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

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Arts & Culture
10:37 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mabel Jingu Enkoji Remembered for Cultural Legacy

Mabel Jingu Enkoji
Jingu Family

The legacy of Mabel Jingu Enkoji will live on through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Jingu House, the home she grew up in.

Her daughter, Peggy Nishio, said she was a non-traditional Japanese person because she was boisterous and loved throwing parties. Just the same, Nishio said, her mother became a “Texas Asian.”

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