Arts & Culture

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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World Music
4:50 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Baby Jumping In Spain

El Colacho jumps the babes in Spain.
Celestebombin 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 -- bebés, tenga cuidado.

EL COLACHO FESTIVAL

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Museums Offer Free Summer Admission To Active-Duty Military

Eileen Pace TPR

Several area museums are offering military members free admission this summer as part of the Blue Star Families program.  

Now through Labor Day, active-duty personnel including National Guard andArmy Reserve members are invited to visit the Alamo, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, the Institute of Texan Cultures, Villa Finale, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the McNay Art Museum at no charge for general admission.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Hellcab: A Rough Ride Into The Psyche Of Chicago

Scenes from Hellcab
Siggi Ragnar Attic Rep

It’s the final three days for a stage production at Trinity University that follows the single day of a cab driver in Chicago as he picks up fares in the racially tense and sometimes seedy areas of the Windy City.

While the play calls for 36 characters, Attic Rep took on the challenge of using only seven actors.

The play, "Hellcab," takes place on the day before Christmas in Chicago. The weather is brutally cold, and a cab driver is reporting in at 6:30 a.m. for what will be a 14-hour shift.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Concludes Season With Mahler

John Clare TPR Arts

The San Antonio Symphony rounds out the 2012-13 season with the epic Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Joining them are the women of the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller.

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing discusses the work in the video below, in which he reminds us this symphony is perhaps the longest in the standard repertoire. There is also a last minute substitution, Vance Woolf will play the posthorn solo, as principal trumpeter John Carroll is ill.

Classical Spotlight
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Fourth Piano Festival Features From The Top At Texas State

Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top
LSU

The fourth season of the Texas State International Piano Festival includes guests as far away as South Korea, China, along with locally-renowned pianists such as Anton Nel. The week-long festival starts June 1 with performances, lectures, masterclasses and lessons, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

"You'll be tired, and inspired!" advises co-founder and pianist Jason Kwak for audience members and students who plan to attend every event. He is very excited about the finale - a live taping of NPR's From The Top with Christopher O'Riley on June 9.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri May 31, 2013

The Playhouse Re-Opening Saturday After Flood Damage Clean Up

Fans blow hot air to evaporate the water-logged carpet.
Eileen Pace TPR

At 8 a.m. Saturday Asia Ciaravino raced down to The Playhouse theater to find a disaster falling from the ceiling.

"The plaster actually came loose a bit... [a] six-foot slab of it smashed onto the audience floor," she said.

Ciaravino, The Playhouse CEO and president, said one staff member was working at the time and heard the collapse after heavy rains collected on the roof, pouring onto the ceiling area and dropping everything to the carpeted theater floor of the Russell Hill Rogers Theater.

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