Arts & Culture

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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World Festivals
4:20 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Feats (Or Feets?) Of Strength

Azzurri Vs. Rossi, 2008
Lorenzo Noccioli 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 an early form of football played in Italy, and a feat (or feet?) of strength in England.

TOE WRESTLING

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KPAC Blog
1:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

So Percussion New Release: So Good, So Unique

So Percussion
Janette Beckman

Dan Trueman isn't a household name - but he's a very original composer making waves with new music for So Percussion. Their latest collaboration is "Neither Anvil nor Pulley," a very unique and entertaining release from Cantaloupe Records.

The five movement work spans humor, beauty, and intrigue. It also has Trueman playing Hardanger fiddle in folky tunes that are sampled in the odd numbered movements, while the central even numbered movements are expansive, rhythmic, and at times, mind blowing.

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Classical Music
1:24 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Does Beethoven's Choral Sympony Complete the Missa Solemnis?

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis, 1820
Wikimedia Commons

Critics have often been a little nervous about Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." To some, it has a fragmented quality about it, especially in the final movement, the Agnus Dei.

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Classical Music
4:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Cliburn Competition After Van

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round.
Ralph Lauer Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:26 pm

Six finalists for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were announced last night in Fort Worth, Texas. For the first time since its inception more than 50 years ago, the contest is taking place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February of cancer, and the competition is dealing with his loss and other changes as well.

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Classical Spotlight
12:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Chamber Music Series "Q" Debuts Sunday

Oboist Jennifer Berg
courtesy of the artist

A new chamber music series debuts this weekend in San Antonio: Q. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, it will include three concerts this summer at Christ Episcopal Church.

"I wanted to do something in my hometown, for my family and friends," says Berg. The first concert includes music by Bach, Vaughan-Williams, Loeffler, and Rebecca Clarke. Jennifer will play along with pianist Daniel Anastasio, violist Marissa Bushman, and soprano Gail Wettstein.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Auditions Open For Youth Orchestra Musicians

Conductor Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

This week local youth can audition for the 2013-14 season of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Musicians who have been playing their instrument at least one year, and are ages 8 to 20 years old are eligible.

Troy Peters is the music director and conductor of the YOSA Philharmonic. He says it is a great experience, and fun. "This year guests include Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top, plus Tracy Silverman, electric violinist, and our first performance in Lila Cockrell Theater."

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Opera on Film
1:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.
Distrib Films

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 7:03 am

It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Missa Solemnis Headlines 38th Victoria Bach Festival

Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Johnson

The week of June 3-8 marks the 38th call to order of the Victoria Bach Festival. Hundreds of musicians will eventually make their ways to this South Texas city as participants in numerous chamber concerts, plus the grand finale on Saturday evening, June 8.

That final concert brings the entire ensemble of orchestra, chorus and soloists to the stage of the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive. Craig Hella Johnson's downbeat is at 7:30 PM.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Special Look At Norman Rockwell's Artistic Process

The Norman Rockwell Family Agency

The works of an artist that many feel represents America itself will be on exhibit in San Antonio this week when a landmark Normal Rockwell exhibit opens at the McNay.

This is more than a collection of Rockwell’s artworks. Instead, Normal Rockwell: Behind the Camera, offers a behind-the-scenes journey through the creative process, showing how Rockwell developed his iconic images.

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