Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
11:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Philip Glass, Searching South Of The Border

Orange Mountain Music

Among my fellow classical music fans, I’ve been a big defender of Philip Glass’s music over the years. I enjoy the way the composer plays with time and space in his music, the way each harmonic shift signifies a sea change in the structure of the piece. After a period of heavy experimentation in the 1970s, pushing the boundaries of concert music with “Music with Changing Parts” and his opera “Einstein on the Beach,” Glass refined his radical style, adding linear melodic lines to the musical building blocks that formed the basis of his minimalist language.

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Food
3:32 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Every Taco Tells A Story

A woman orders from the Datapoint Taqueria food truck in San Antonio.
David Martin Davies

 

Consider the taco. A corn or flour tortilla filled with something tasty. It’s a simple concept, but the possibilities are infinite. 

As Americans have taken to the taco, this culinary import has been adopted, adapted and transformed north of the border.

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World Festivals
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

World Celebrations: Hungry Ghost Festival

Offerings for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Mezanurrahman Wikimedia Commons

Worshipping the Ancestors is common around the world, but what about when they come seeking you? That’s the scenario at The Hungry Ghost Festival in China.

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World Music
4:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Zaz Dazzles On "Recto Verso"

I don’t know where I heard about Zaz, but I’m so happy that I did.

This French chanteuse is incredible. Her voice is powerful and exuberant, and she obviously enjoys belting out a variety of songs on her latest release, “Recto Verso.”

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San Antonio Symphony on KPAC
10:35 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mozart, Ravel Highlights Of Symphony Broadcast

Laion

This week's San Antonio Symphony broadcast features quintessentially American music by Aaron Copland, as well as the American influence on the French composer Maurice Ravel. Mozart's final symphony rounds out the program.

Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" helped put the composer on the map; its rustic rhythms were a hit in 1942, and later held up as the epitome of Americana when used in a popular ad campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."

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TPR Cinema
10:06 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

"Shane" Comes Back, On Blu-ray

Credit WHV Home Entertainment

“A man has to be what he is,” Shane (Alan Ladd) tells young Joey (Brandon De Wilde) at the close of George Stevens’ Oscar-winning Western. “[He] can’t break the mold.” 

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Classical Spotlight
8:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Video: Miguel Del Aguila Featured With Olmos Ensemble

John Clare and Miguel del Aguila
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This weekend kicks off the first of two concerts for the Olmos Ensemble. Led by oboist Mark Ackerman, the nineteen year old chamber group, will feature "Sizzlin' Latin American/Spanish Music" this Sunday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antonio.

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World Celebrations
11:39 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

World Celebrations: Pigs, Pucks, and Horses

King Puck statue.
ltub 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, a small French town squeals like a pig, a furious horse race runs in Italy, and an Irish town celebrates its 400th birthday.

LA POURCAILHADE

If it looks like a pig and squeals like a pig, it might not be. Once a year, the pretty town of Trie-sur-Baïse in the high Pyrenees, France, recalls its illustrious past as the country’s largest pig market. 

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Texas Music
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Seth Walker's "Time Can Change" A Winner, Start To Finish

Seth Walker
Credit Seth Walker

    

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World Music
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

A Calypso Revival... From Canada

Cumbancha Records

Drew Gonsalves is the musical voice behind the Canadian group Kobo Town. Born in Trinidad, Gonsalves believes that Kobo Town, Trinidad is the exact location, where the musical style known as calypso was created.

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