Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Composers Connect And Inspire At Choral Directors Convention

JAC Redford, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ben Parry
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

American Choral Directors Association convention in Dallas 

Three composers recently sat down with John Clare to discuss new music, choral music, and what it's like working as a composer in the 21st century.

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KPAC Blog: Concert Review
3:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

A Great Afternoon Of Music With Husband-Wife Duo David Finckel & Wu Han

Last Sunday's SACMS guest artists husband and wife duo, cellist David Finckle and pianist Wu Han.
davidfinckleandwuhan.com

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and what a great reminder of what chamber music is all about than when husband and wife duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) performed at Temple Bethel last Sunday.

They were recently named "Musicians of the Year" by Musical America in 2012. Some concerts you know are going to be great just by walking in the hall, and this was one of them.

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Fiesta 2013
3:26 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

See San Antonio History At The Institute Of Texan Culture's Fiesta Medal Mania

A previous "Heavy Medal" contest winner's sash. It weighed about 10 pounds and includes 208 medals -- all from a single year's Fiesta celebration
Institute of Texan Cultures

A new exhibit is on display at the Institute of Texan Cultures showcasing 1,200 Fiesta medals from years past, well ahead of this year's Fiesta celebration.

Call it a 'living history' of a beloved pastime for San Antonio's Fiesta celebration, Fiesta Medal Mania is a new partnership between the Fiesta Commission and UTSA.

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World Music Pick
1:57 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bajofondo: South American Landscapes

Sony Masterworks

Bajofondo started as a loose collective of musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, but over time formed a solid core of players that have since become a cohesive band. Their latest release, "Presente," consists of twenty one tracks and has a massive sound.

For this CD the group augmented their sound with an enormous orchestral section, giving each of their songs a full and well-rounded sound.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:16 pm

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Carnegie Hall Live
11:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Changes To The Remaining 'Carnegie Hall Live' Broadcasts

Flickr user Marjorie Lipan cc

With the San Francisco Symphony on strike, the Berlin Philharmonic will be substituted for this week's performance of "Carnegie Hall Live."  

The remaining three "Carnegie Hall Live" recorded broadcasts will be aired on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on KPAC and KTXI. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Berlin Philharmonic 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Elias String Quartet

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Staatskapelle Dresden

Fiesta 2013
11:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mayor Castro Calls For A Fit And Green Fiesta 2013

Mayor Castro is encouraging Fiesta-goers to be physically active and environmentally responsible for this years celebration.
David Martin Davies TPR

The countdown is on for Fiesta 2013 and Mayor Julián Castro is asking Fiesta-goers be fit and green during the 11-day celebration. 

April 18 through April 28 San Antonians will be occupied with traditional parades and parties. Castro said Fiesta is the time for fun and frivolity, but it can be done while keeping Fiesta green.

"We’re here today to invite folks out, of course, to Fiesta, but also to challenge San Antonians to participate in this fit and green Fiesta in the year 2013," Castro said.

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New Release
11:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Sides Of Mozart With Pianist Alessio Bax's New CD

Courtesy of the artist

Two concerti plus variations make up this new Signum Classics disc

Pianist Alessio Bax is one of the most exciting young pianists today. His accolades include first prizes in the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Alessio has just been named the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.
Anja Frers DG

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:04 am

New albums of music by the "Three Bs," Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, prove that going back to basics has its advantages. Hear a sweet-toned violin concerto, an audacious piano sonata and a solo cello suite caressed by a lute.

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SXSW Music Festival
1:36 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Look & Listen: World Music At SXSW 2013

Gonzalo Deniz goes by the stage name Franny Glass and tunes up his guitar at the Uruguay Music Showcase at the Speakeasy on Wednesday night.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With so many music groups in Austin for SXSW it is easy for any of them to get drowned out by all the noise, but luckily for World Music artists, their foreign musical stylings give them a uniqueness that audiences tend to stop and pay attention to.

The language barrier doesn't seem to matter

Many world groups sing in English in order to tap into the English-speaking market, but there is still a healthy demand for music sung in foreign languages.

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