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7:32 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Jingu Family Returns to San Antonio To Celebrate History, Unveil Paintings

Mabel Jingu Enkoji's family wants to play an active role in the future of the Japanese Tea Garden
Jingu Family

This weekend, the Jingu family returned to San Antonio to celebrate their role in San Antonio history.

The Jingu House at the Japanese Tea Garden is named in their honor because the city invited them to live at the home when it was built in the early 1900's.

Mabel Jingu Enkoji, who was born at the house and had been involved in the home's restoration over the years, died in mid-July from heart failure.

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KPAC blog
2:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Virginals Were Not So Chaste: Alan Feinberg's 'Basically Bull'

Composer John Bull (1563-1626)
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A virginal is a spinet harpsichord, normally without legs. The name is obscure even by Oxford English Dictionary standards, but one hint is that the name came from the young and chaste virginal girls that would spend hours and hours practicing their music in cold and drafty castles and mansions.

It was an unusual time for music in Britain.

There were battles over whether or not music belonged in the church and the only people that had music before the printed note were musicians and those with enough money to outfit their splendid homes with music rooms.

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Oana Cトフトネina Chiナ」u's Reprise of Maria Tトハase is Divine

Maria Tトハase, Romanian diva
Wikimedia

ツツWith only a few exceptions, the 窶彙est窶 days of Communism (and I say that with plenty of sarcasm) are long gone. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (with the final destruction in 1990), the Round Table talks in Warsaw in 1989, and the brutal execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in December of 1989 explain the often heard term Revolutions of 1989 as synonymous with the Fall of Communism.

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KPAC Blog
1:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay

Cast of 'A Late Quartet'
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At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Opus 131. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the BrentanoツString Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Symphony Leader Out After Three Months On The Job

There窶冱 been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. WhenツDowney was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children窶冱 Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX窶冱ツ"The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony窶冱 supporter base.

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Classical Spotlight
4:59 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Dark Side Of Ryo: Mozart's D Minor Concerto

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani
Courtesy of the artist

This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the 'Jupiter' Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20. TerryツFrazor will conduct and feature piano soloist RyoツYanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

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KPAC Blog
9:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Frey Lends Excitement & Beauty To 'La Voce Del Violoncello"

Cellist Elinor Frey
courtesy of the artist

The latest release from PassacailleツRecords is a solo cd of Elinor Frey, La Voce Del Violoncello. The amazingツdisc explores lesser known works of Italian cellist-composers such as DomenicoツGalli, Guiseppe Maria Dall'Abaco and more. The stellar recording is now available as a download or cd. I asked Elinor some questions about this project.

What inspired you to record Voce?

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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窶冱 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

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

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