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Classical Spotlight
11:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

SA Symphony Celebrates Fiesta With Traditional And Baroque Music

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Three concerts span fun Fiesta and Riverwalk themes with Akiko Fujimoto!

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony adds cellos, oboes, and more to mariachi sounds with their annual Fiesta Pops at the Majestic Theatre Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

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KPAC Blog
1:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Hot Rod Beethoven Settles In For His 'Appassionata' Sonata

1820 portrait of Beethoven done by Joseph Karl Stieler.

We learn from others, or as Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." Beethoven took this advice and borrowed from Mozart and Haydn, but quickly progressed.

Where some would borrow a sonata development or structure, Beethoven would take the layout, hacksaw it off and replace it with an invention of his own, or invert something and swap parts around, much like car nuts did in the early days of Hot Rod building.

But the composer's days of modifying others' ideas was over.

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KPAC Blog
12:21 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012.
AJ Wilhelm for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 5:16 pm

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KPAC Blog
6:24 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Violin "a la Francaise" With Maria Bachmann

Trio Solisti
Courtesy of the artist

Maria Bachmann's latest CD, "French Fantasy," featuring pianist Adam Nieman, pays tribute to those lyrical and dramatic French composers  Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, and Cesar Franck, whose sonata she considers the "heart" of her latest album.

Deirdre Saravia spoke with her recently about her career and this latest solo release. 

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Classical Spotlight
9:43 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Trumpeter Alison Balsom Mixes Baroque And Modern On Tour

Trumpeter Alison Balsom
Manfred Thomas

Alison Balsom's U.S. tour covers the east coast, west coast and luckily, Texas! Trumpet fans around the country have been heralding Balsom as she performs with the Scottish Ensemble.  

In this interview, she shares insights about traveling with two trumpets and a two year old,  as well as keeping things fresh musically night after night. Alison is also excited to be on stage this summer in a new play written for her!

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Arts & Culture
12:16 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Adolph Herseth, Master Trumpeter, Dead at 91

Adolph Herseth
Wikimedia Commons

The hearts of all who love and care for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are weeping today with the announcement of the passing of trumpeter Adolph Herseth. For over a half century (1948-2004), he was the principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Along with tubist Arnold Jacobs, Herseth and his brass playing colleagues evolved into the most powerful and accomplished orchestral brass section in the world. This is no exaggeration!

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Arts & Culture
7:58 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

RIP Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013)
Credit simple.wikipedia.com

I remember as yesterday my first substantial introduction to the art of Colin Davis. The cycle of Sibelius Symphonies he recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was outstanding, enhanced further by the art work, drawn from the paintings of Edvard Munch. The music world reacted much as I had, declaring Sir Colin an authoritative interpreter of Sibelius. He came back to the cycle at least twice afterwards, making studio recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and then a cycle of concert recordings with the LSO.

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World Music
9:05 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Angola Prison Rodeo

Angola Prison Rodeo, 2009.
Frank McMains www.frankmcmains.com

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, learn about the original gated community. 

ANGOLA PRISON RODEO

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:33 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Video: The Most Famous Horse Ride In All Music In Wagner's 'Die Walkure'

Deborah Voigt and ensemble as Brünnhilde and the Valkyries.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

The Norse god Wotan - like his counterparts in the south, Zeus and Jupiter - got around as they say. He wasn't named "all-father" for nothing. The second opera of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle is about three of his offspring.

First, the legitimate daughter Brünnhilde, who is a Valkyrie -a collector of the heroic dead slain in battle - and after whom this opera is named. Then there are the twins Siegmund and Sieglende, their mother is Erda - mother earth.

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Classical Spotlight
9:33 am
Fri April 12, 2013

YOSA On The (Fun) Run With Beethoven

Angel Whitley and Steven Payne at TPR
Chris Eudaily/TPR

YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) are usually on the move, but this weekend, they hope you will join them in a 5k/10k fun run. This is the second year the group has led a "Beat Beethoven's Fifth" race and they are joined by Fleet Feet Sports San Antonio, as well as Texas Public Radio, for the event Saturday morning.

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