Arts & Culture

KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:23 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Wagner's Anniversary And The End Of The World In 'Gotterdammerung'

Siegfried is dead!
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

The 2012-13 opera season has come and almost gone. For whatever wonders summer may hold, the Met Opera season of broadcasts closes this weekend with the living end, Richard Wagner's "Götterdämmerung."

In a staggering marathon of recapitulations, developments, plot changes and reversals, and a grand procession of leitmotivs that ignite a conflagration that ends the opera, the gods and the world are reborn in the cleansing fires of the overflowing Rhine.

But how does it all happen?

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Classical Spotlight
12:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

St. Luke's Episcopal Choir Premieres Phillips Canticles

St. Luke's Choir
courtesy of the artist

The Choir of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will present their last "Choral Evensong" this season Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. The concert will feature the world premiere of the St. Luke's Canticles by Craig Phillips. It was commissioned by the parish and the Friends of Music for the Parish Choir for this concert, and later tour of the United Kingdom. Dr. Phillips will be present for the premiere, and more choral works of Phillips will be presented in the Service as well.

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KPAC Blog
12:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Slatkin On Recording, Revitalization, And Rachmaninoff

Conductor Leonard Slatkin
Steve J. Sherman

This week the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs two different programs at Carnegie Hall. Leonard Slatkin, their music director, is happy to be part of the Spring For Music festival. "More than any composer I can think of, you span not only his musical growth, but literally the coming of age of American music with these four [Ives] symphonies."

KPAC will air Detroit's Spring For Music concerts on Saturday & Sunday, May 18th and 19th at 7pm on KPAC & KTXI.

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World Music
2:49 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

The cover image of Dur-Dur band's Volume 5.
Album cover

Originally published on Sun May 5, 2013 6:20 pm

Imagine the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu, in the 1980s. You can't, right? Neither can most music critics. That's why the recent re-release of a record by a popular '80s-era Mogadishu dance band has caught the attention of critics lately.

The founders of Dur-Dur Band now live in Columbus, Ohio. Weekends on All Things Considered asked members Abdinur Daljir and Sahra Dawo to go to a studio there — accompanied by an interpreter — to talk about the newly reissued record and the story that precedes it.

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Arts & Culture
1:55 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

UTSA Archaeologists Announce Two Major Acequia Finds On San Antonio River

The original Spanish dam structure of the Acequia Madre. Built in 1719, Madre was the largest and first acequia constructed on the San Antonio River. It fed the Alamo and was later called the Alamo Acequia.
Eileen Pace TPR

An excavation at Brackenridge Park has unearthed irrigation systems built to serve the first settlers of San Antonio.

The find offers opportunities to study indigenous peoples and provides fuel for the UNESCO consideration of the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site.

Archaeologists have long been aware of the existence of the 300-year-old irrigation systems, and even had maps and data from Spanish engineers who documented their work.

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KPAC Blog
9:59 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Maria Schneider: Classical, Jazz, Or Does It Matter?

Winter Morning Walks
Artist Led

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the remarkable composer and band leader Maria Schneider.

Her latest work as a composer is still the buzz around both classical and jazz crowds. The disc, consisting of two song cycles written for Dawn Upshaw, is called "Winter Morning Walks."

KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:08 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Rare Met Return For Poulenc's "Dialogues Des Carmelites"

Metropolitan Opera

I have recently been reading about the post World War II international attempts to restore Europe, both materially and spiritually.

This struggle for renewal after suffering and oppression is given a musical shape in Francis Poulenc's, "Dialogues des Carmélites." Though premiered in 1956, its origins are in the period directly after the war in 1947-49.

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KPAC Blog
8:01 am
Thu May 2, 2013

KPACK 2013: Greenberg On How To Listen

KPACK 2013 - How to Listen to Great Music
courtesy of the artist

Robert Greenberg is a celebrated author and teacher, besides a delightful composer. He has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. Greenberg is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994.

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San Antonio Symphony
3:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Symphony CEO Set To Take Organization Into The Future

The San Antonio Symphony moves into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2014.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony announced today that Jack Downey, a local businessman, fundraising consultant and retired Air Force officer, will take the helm as the organizations new CEO.

Downey said this position was an irresistible opportunity:

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World Music Pick
2:22 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Carla Bruni's "Little French Songs"

Verve Records

"I got used to notoriety early," said Carla Bruni in an interview with the British newspaper, The Telegraph. So there's nothing holding her back as she sings little songs about her former life, and romantic entanglement with a very famous pop star of the sixties.

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