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World Music
9:33 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Idan Raichel's Timely Cross-Cultural Project

Cumbancha Records

Idan Raichel released his first international CD, “The Idan Raichel Project,” in 2006. It was a tremendous success and garnered him the title of ‘A One Man Peace Process’ for bringing together artists with disparate backgrounds and religions. Idan was born in Israel and was involved in music from the age of nine when he learned to play the accordion. After a compulsory stint in the Israel Defense Force, he worked at a boarding school which was attended by many young Ethiopian Jews. They introduced him to Ethiopian folk and pop music.

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summer Music Festivals, A Swipe Away

Pianist Katia Buniatishvili
courtesy of the artist

iPhone and iPad users have a great new app to explore classical music and live performances. Now in the Apple iTunes store, MediciTV Festivals is available for free. App users can stay connected following classical news through a Twitter timeline and medici.tv content from Facebook updates (shown on the right side of the screen.)

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KPAC Blog
9:26 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Four

"Action shot" of Camp KPAC students editing.
Nathan Cone

On the fourth day of Camp KPAC, the six area high school students who are learning radio with James Baker and Nathan Cone this week spent much of the day editing.

Madison Rogers, of Boerne High School, writes:

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KPAC Blog
10:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Cooking Up Conversations With Classical Musicians

Guests of the first 'Sarah's Prelude & Food'
courtesy of the artist

These days artists and organizations are reaching out to connect with audiences. Preconcert talks, galas, and  after show receptions are the norm. Even preconcert interviews and videos make up a large part of audience outreach.

There have been creative endeavors, including classical music cruises, new performances spaces like art galleries and bars, plus new social media outlets such as twitter, youtube, facebook, and instagram! You may have even seen classical cookbooks: Pavarotti's pasta, Die Oper Kocht, and a whole slew of others.

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KPAC Blog
11:23 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Three

Ramee Saleh listens to playback.
Nathan Cone

This week, six high school students are working with staff to learn basic radio interviewing and production skills, with the goal of having a finished project at the end of the week that combines words and music. On Wednesday, KABB Chief Meterologist Alex Garcia joined us to share his own professional journey through radio, television, and education, and we spent time interviewing the musicians who were in house yesterday.

Reagan High School student Ramee Saleh writes about today's experiences:

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KPAC Blog
2:19 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Listening To Wagner's Ring With A Roadmap Of Sorts

Richard Wagner
Courtesy of Wikipedia

I recently came across a steal. A friend on a social network posted that a recording was $6. That may seem normal for an mp3 release, or mildly cheap if you purchase an iTunes release for $9.99. But this particular recording was live from Bayreuth - the complete Ring der Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Yes, all four operas.

The whole world has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth this year (his birthday is May 22). Summer festivals have been playing his music, and several cycles of the Ring are programmed for companies this fall and winter.

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KPAC Blog
11:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Two

Gabriela Barrera, one of last year's Camp KPAC students, performs.
Nathan Cone

As our Camp KPAC project continues, students got a first-hand look at recording techniques and fine musicianship today.  Jillian Kouzel of MacArthur High School writes:

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Q Chamber Music Series Cues Up Woodwind Quintets

Members of Q
courtesy of the artist

The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.

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KPAC Blog
10:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day One

This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn.  One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:

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World Festivals
2:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

World Celebrations: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Korea-Boryeong Mud Festival
Flickr user: Stinkie Pinkie Wikimedia Commons

Do you know that song that goes, "Mud, Mud glorious mud, nothing quite like it for cooling the blood?" Well, should you find yourself in the vicinity of South Korea next weekend, you might put it to the test. For in little over a week, thousands of happy people will cavort and enjoy covering themselves in grey, sticky mud.

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