Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
11:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Marches Madness: Patriotic Pandemonium

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.
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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed March 13, 2013

'Soldier Songs': Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

A scene from the theatrical staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Prototype Festival in New York in January.
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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:04 am

Making art out of war is an ancient path — either as a means to quite literally sing the praises of warriors' brave deeds and martial power, or to forward a particular political agenda, noble or not.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Oboist Ray Still: Still Keen on Music at 93

  Is there something in the water? Or is it the famous pizza which contributes to the longevity of service by so many of the principal musicians of the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra? The record must surely belong to trumpeter Adolph Herseth, who held the first trumpet chair for 53 years, extending his tenure another 3 years as principal trumpet emeritus until his retirement in 2004. Then there was Arnold Jacobs, principal tuba with the CSO from 1944 until 1988.

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SXSW
3:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

SXSW 2013: Despite Illness, A "Good Night"

Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Jonny Mars)
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What would you do if you were told by one of your oldest friends that you might not see her alive again? That’s the premise of Austin-based director (and high school teacher) Sean Gallagher’s debut feature, “Good Night,” co-produced by Gallagher and one of the film’s stars, fellow Austinite Jonny Mars (“The Happy Poet,” “A Teacher”). 

In the movie, Leigh (Adriene Mishler) and Winston (Mars) play a reasonably happy married couple, even though Leigh’s terminal illness is putting tremendous stress on the marriage and their finances.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:44 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
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Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:10 pm

It's a question virtually as old as the art forms themselves: Are ballet and opera elitist?

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Marches Madness: Walk Like An Egyptian

Verdi's opera Aida, set in the time of the Pharaohs, is known for its extravagance, yet its "Triumphal March" is surprisingly simple.
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Elephants, Egyptian palaces, politics and love triangles — now we're talking grand opera!

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New Release
5:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Korevaar Is Bach For More With Partitas On New Disc

Latest release
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Pianist David Korevaar balances an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado-Boulder. His latest release includes the Six Partitas for Keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen to David talk about how he chose these works and the difficulty of making beautiful music from a composer’s "little black dots."

Watch an HD video of their talk here:

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SXSW
4:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Chris Eska, Director of "The Retrieval"

Chris Eska, director

Chris Eska’s film “The Retrieval” is about a young boy sent to turn in a wanted man to a dangerous gang of bounty hunters. Filmed in rural Texas, the movie stars young Ashton Sanders as Will, and Tishuan Scott as Nate, the wanted man. The two form a close bond in the film, yet Will’s knowledge that he may have to betray that friendship casts a shadow over their relationship and adds tension to the narrative. 

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SXSW
2:22 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

SXSW 2013: Actress Trieste Kelly Dunn, on "Loves Her Gun"

Sarah (Melissa Hideko Bisagni) teaches Allie (Trieste Kelly Dunn) how to fire a gun.
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“When I came into the process of shooting this film I was much more terrified of guns than I am now,” says actress Trieste Kelly Dunn.  Dunn stars as ‘Allie’ in the new film “Loves Her Gun” from Austin-based director Geoff Marslett.  The movie follows a broken Brooklynite as she leaves her New York home after getting mugged, to tag along with a group of ragtag musicians. Eventually she settles in Austin, but “her paranoia follows her,” Dunn says.

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Classical Spotlight
11:26 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Hear The 5 Browns Live In Boerne

The Four Browns and Stephen Beus
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On Saturday, February 9 there was a sold out crowd at the Boerne Performing Arts presentation of The 5 Browns. The piano quintet is comprised of five sibling Juilliard pianists, two brothers and three sisters.

  • Stephen Beus, a fellow Juilliard student of the Browns, sat in for Desirae, one of the sisters.

Since being dubbed the "Fab Five" by People Magazine, the group has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, and The Tonight Show.

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