Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Chichester And Fern Hill On Horizon For Choral Society

Conductor Jennifer Seighman
Chris Eudaily/TPR

"Beyond the Horizon" is the season finale for the San Antonio Choral Society. The concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm will be led by Jennifer Seighman.

Seighman will lead Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, as well as music by living composers like John Corigliano. "I've based the program on poetry," Jennifer states. "What lies behind us, what lies before us, what lies beyond us - are tiny matters compared to what is within us. It comes from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote."

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Jump-Start Theater's Lease Expiring, Blue Star Looking Forward

The facade of Jump Start in the Rue Bernard ally of the Blue Star Arts Complex in Southtown.
Joey Palacios TPR

For about the last 20 years the Jump-Start Performance Company could been seen on stage at the Blue Star Arts Complex, but now they are looking for a new home.

Jump-Start started producing it’s cutting-edge performances at the Blue Star’s theater space before there were First Fridays, before there was a Southtown scene.

That scene is now about to be without its most theatrical presence.

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Classical Spotlight
9:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

French Master Shows Romantic Side With Mozart Gem

Pianist Michel Dalberto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Two works share the San Antonio Symphony program this weekend with conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing: Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Michel Dalberto.

Audiences won't expect the romantic sounds of Ferruccio Busoni when they hear  the Mozart - but the Italian master wrote cadenzas (solo passages within the concerto) that Dalberto will play. 

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World Music Pick
12:01 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Romanticism On Asgeir Trausti's "In The Silence"

Ásgeir Trausti hoped to be a professional track and field athlete but his plans were detailed by various sporting injuries. He became a professional musician instead and quickly rose to to top of the Icelandic music scene.

All the words to his songs are composed by his 72-year-old father and are filled with lyric romanticism.

His first album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," (In The Silence) is sung completely in Icelandic, he hopes to reach a broader audience with an all English version of the album currently in the works.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Tejano Matriarch Immortalized By U.S. Postal Service

Members of Lydia Mendoza’s family pose in front of a large rendition of her Music Icon stamp in the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
Joey Palacios TPR

Lydia Mendoza has been called the first lady of Tejano and Conjunto Music and Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a forever stamp in her honor as part of a music legends series.

La alondra de la frontera (the lark of the border) was honored at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the West Side.

Mendoza was born to a musical family in Houston in 1916 and she progressed in her talents, eventually mastering the 12-string guitar.

Mendoza is one of several pioneering musicians being honored in the postal services' Music Icon stamp series.

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World Music
10:57 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

First Watch: Jeri-Jeri With Baaba Maal, 'Gawlo'

Dancer Fatou Mboup during JERI-JERI's video for "Gawlo."
Ndagga

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 1:45 pm

One of my favorite songs last year was a collaboration between a Sengalese drum collective and a German techno producer. The producer, Mark Ernestus traveled to the West African country to work with Jeri-Jeri, a group that plays a popular dance music called mbalax.

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Classical Spotlight
11:14 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Music Of The Sun Lights Up Carver Center Friday

Ethel String Quartet
courtesy of the artist

For over 15 years, Ethel has been on the edge of chamber music - performing with rockers, on soundtracks, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the Grand Canyon.  

Friday evening is a chance to hear the string quartet live and in person, along with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal.

"It's beautiful stuff," quips Dorothy Lawson, artistic director and cellist of Ethel. "There's a profound sense of sinking into an altered space when we perform this program."

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed May 15, 2013

21st Century House Museums Lead National Historic Preservation Month

The front of the Edward Steves Homestead.
San Antonio Conservation Society

May is National Preservation Month, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation is asking communities to think of creative ways to engage the public.

San Antonio is doing that with a seminar this weekend on Historic House Museums.

The National Trust has several suggestions for how to be a preservationist, such as:

  • Go ghost-hunting
  • Look up at second stories
  • Touring a house museum

Conservation Society president Nancy Avellar said they are trying to help some of the museums move into the 21st Century.

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KPAC Blog
11:32 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Soothing Sounds From Pine's New Violin Lullabies

Newest release from Rachel Barton Pine
courtesy of the artist

London saw the printing of "Mother Goose-Melody" around 1765 - you might remember it from childhood, and perhaps even sung it to your child. Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has been singing to her daughter Sylvia, and decided to make an entire album of lullabies.

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First Listen
8:24 am
Mon May 13, 2013

First Listen: Piñata Protest, 'El Valiente'

Piñata Protest's new album, El Valiente, comes out May 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 4:41 pm

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I was in high school, playing drums in a band with some pals in the mid-'70s, when I got a call from my uncle: Would I like to play a couple of dates with his norteño band over the summer?

While my drumming skills were decidedly high-school-level in terms of the rock and pop music of that era, I thought to myself that I was good enough for the two-step waltzes and cumbias that are a staple of accordion-fueled dance parties all over the Southwest and northern Mexico.

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