Arts & Culture

KPAC Blog
10:11 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Escape The Summer Heat With Classical Destinations In Texas

Project Trio
courtesy of the artist

As arts seasons draw to a close in May and June, musicians and audiences look forward to summer festivals. Locally we'll enjoy the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and Mozart Festival Texas, this July and August, along with the new "Q" chamber music series.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 am
Tue June 18, 2013

YOSA Wins National Award For Programming

Conductor Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio are receiving the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming today in St. Louis at the League of American Orchestras Conference.

The award rewards programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in contemporary music.

Troy Peters is the music director of YOSA and said new music is a vital element in their effort to give students and audiences exciting musical experiences. Next month YOSA leads their annual summer camp.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ 19th Annual San Antonio Film Festival Begins Wednesday

San Antonio Film Festival

The Alamo City is rolling out the red carpet for independent film makers this week during the annual San Antonio Film Festival. For nearly 20 years, fans of indie films have attended the San Antonio Film Festival for both short- and feature-length movies.

"It’s films that you’ll never see -- for the most part -- on Netflix or the movie theater," said Executive Director Adam Rocha.

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KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Mozart Pop Opera Finally Available In The US

Now available on dvd, The Magic Flute

Seven years ago (2006), and with a 27 million budget, Kenneth Branagh made a film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute (read the film synopsis here.) The Peter Moores Foundation, who do amazing work translating opera into English, commissioned Stephen Fry to make this adaptation, and it remains witty, sexy, funny, passionate, and silly as the original libretto!

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World Music
4:25 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

World Celebrations: A Tantric Festival

Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) at Plaza de Armas, Cusco, 2005
Cyntia Motta 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, we'll hear about celebrations of the sun and fertility. 

AMBUBACHI MELA

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Classical Spotlight
2:44 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami, San Antonio Opera Companies Bet On NBA Finals

Spurs fan and Opera Piccola San Antonio founder Mark Richter
Chris Eudaily TPR

On, Tuesday night after the San Antonio Spurs won Game 3 to go up 2-1 over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Opera Piccola San Antonio's founder Mark Richter was happy.

"I hope we run the Heat out of town, and I hope we finish them here in San Antonio!"

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Classical Spotlight
2:23 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Concert Band Honors Stars & Stripes On Flag Day

Mark Rogers conducting the Heart of Texas Concert Band
Sudie Rogers

Friday night includes a celebration of Flag Day with the Heart of Texas Concert Band. "It's not as popular a holiday as St. Patrick's Day or even Columbus Day!", says music director and conductor Mark Rogers. "But we found lots of music appropriate for honoring the flag and wanted to do a concert."

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Classical Spotlight
11:16 am
Tue June 11, 2013

A New Release, Festival, And Birthday For Young Pianist

Pianist Conrad Tao
Ruiming Wang

"It came to me in one night - a dream! I like to say that those dream images were probably rooted in my just going to college for the first time," says Conrad Tao about his Vestiges for piano. That was the start for the new album, Voyages.

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Author Interviews
10:22 am
Tue June 11, 2013

For Father's Day: "Darth Vader And Son"

Chronicle Books

“For me, my expression of love for the films was channeled through drawing,” says Jeffrey Brown, a cartoonist and graphic novelist based out of Chicago, whose latest series of books pokes gentle fun at the “Star Wars” universe by imagining Darth Vader as a dad with everyday worries and chores.

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Jazz Trio Plays Empire Theater, Next Stop Carnegie Hall

Brent Watkins Trio
courtesy of the artist

There's a good chance you've heard Brent Watkins with South Texas Jazz...they are a vital force in the downtown music scene, appearing weekly at Bohanan's or Luke. Now the Brent Watkins Trio (Watkins on piano; Tyler Jackson, bass; and Dean Macomber, drums) take the stage at the Empire Theater with a program "The Sound of the Trio: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson" Tuesday June 11th.

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