Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
9:48 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Mastersingers Get Sendoff For Italy At Little Flower Basilica

Conductor John Silantien
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

“Bella Italia” will feature music to be performed by the San Antonio Mastersingers and the University of Texas at San Antonio Concert Choir in Italy, May 12–21. The program begins with Giovanni Palestrina’s "Ave Maria", "composed for St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, where we've been invited to sing a Mass during this tour," says John Silantien, conductor of the groups.

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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Children's Chorus Celebrates The Magic Within

Marguerite McCormick
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs their annual Spring Song this Sunday at 3 p.m., with a theme "The Magic Within." 

Artistic Director and Founder Marguerite McCormick is excited for the program.

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Classical Spotlight
12:30 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

"Rite of Spring" Right On Target With Lux Musicae

John Godoy conducts Stravinsky
courtesy of the artist

 


 


  


There is a lot of attention being paid to Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." The ballet caused a riot at its premiere back in May 1913, and 100 years later is still gathering audiences. San Antonio audiences saw the Joffrey Ballet perform it on tour with pre-recorded music back in March.

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KPAC Blog
9:34 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Fairouz Fills Native Informant With New Sounds

Composer Mohammed Fairouz
courtesy of the artist

Not many composers under 30 years old can say they have had a Carnegie Hall premiere - or several recordings of their music. Mohammed Fairouz laughed when I mentioned that by the age of 26 he had accomplished this and more: "No, I'm only 27!" he said.

The latest from the Arab-American composer is called "Native Informant," out on the Naxos label, which features violinist Rachel Barton Pine in the title track.

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KPAC Blog
8:52 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Dynamic Duo Brings Spanish Flair To New Release

New from Avie Records
courtesy of the artist

The latest release from Augustin Hadelich and Pablo Sainz Villegas is hot! "Histoire du Tango" is filled with passion, flair, and a lot of notes - featuring music from Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla, Nicolo Paganini, and Pablo de Sarasate.

"A mutual friend in New York introduced us, and we played at an Embassy," says guitarist Pablo Sainz Villegas. "It was so much fun, and we understood each other musically." So Villegas and Hadelich decided to record some of the works they played that night.

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San Antonio's Missions
12:06 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

World Heritage Week Gives Franciscan Missions A Chance To Shine

Mission San Juan Capistrano stands proudly, recently restored to its original beauty .
Eileen Pace TPR

World Heritage Week began Saturday in San Antonio, and there are plenty of activities throughout the week from April 27 - May 4, including an opportunity for children to learn about the missions and earn a World Heritage Badge.

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KPAC blog
11:15 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor

Luckily Beethoven could read his writing!

Ultimate, a word that originally meant last in Latin has become a description of finest or best in English
or ne plus ultra in French. It can be argued that Beethoven's last or ultimate sonata fits both definitions.

Coming near the end of a life of breaking barriers and exercising his considerable will, the composer's last
sonatas are artistic works that have earned their immortality.

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World Music
11:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Rockets For Easter, Snakes In Italy

The village of Cocullo in Abruzzo, Italy.
Ra Boe Wikimedia Commons

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, rockets blaze for the risen Christ in Greece, and Indiana Jones would never want to find himself in Abruzzo next week. Snakes!  

LA FESTA DEI SERPARI

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Fiesta 2013
4:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cornyation: Fiesta's Lewd, Crude And Rude Celebration Of The Offbeat

The Court of Pies, Fries and Thunderthighs
Joey Palacios TPR

For three days the traditional Fiesta is turned upside down as an event known as Cornyation rips apart political correctness and turns it into a stage act dramatizing current events.

Cornyation may be lewd, but the party with the purpose is left intact, the spoof on the Fiesta Coronation takes place April 23-25 at the Empire Theater.

This year there are about 12 Cornyation skits, and each one pokes fun at something different: Childhood obesity, the nearly retired Twinkie, Gov. Rick Perry and sonograms, the NRA, a pensioned Pope, and even Manti Te'o.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

'Blue Shades' And More From Composer Ticheli At TLU

Composer/Conductor Frank Ticheli
Charlie Grosso

Friday night marks the return of Frank Ticheli to Texas. He grew up near Dallas playing trumpet, studied composition at SMU and Michigan, and taught at Trinity University for several years.

Currently a USC professor, Ticheli will lead seven of his works with members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at Texas Lutheran University.

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