Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
9:10 am
Fri April 12, 2013

SOLI Is Surreal For McNay Exhibit

SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Courtesy of the artist

While SOLI Chamber Ensemble typically performs 10 to 12 times a season on their subscription series, this year has allowed audiences to hear them a few more times in special settings. This weekend the modern quartet, recognized in January by ASCAP for their adventurous programming, collaborates with the McNay Art Museum for a program called SO(LI) Surreal, based on their visiting Whitney Art Museum exhibit Real/Surreal

Read more
KPAC Blog
9:52 am
Thu April 11, 2013

"Night" Is A Bold And Beautiful New Recording

New release "Night"
Courtesy of Sony Classical

Mixing genres in music can be easily compared to cooking, or baking. But none of them are easy tasks. While Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt make it sound (and even look) effortless, their journey together wasn't easy. Night, their collaboration out now on Sony Classical, is delicious.

Read more
Classical Spotlight
8:44 am
Thu April 11, 2013

France's Hottest String Quartet On Tour And En Route To San Antonio

The "Ebony Quartet" or Quatour Ebene
Julien Mignot

Sunday afternoon marks the season finale of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society for 2012-13. The concert at Temple Beth-El features the hottest French group in chamber music, Quatour Ebene. They have been heralded by critics far and wide as the gold standard in music making.

Cellist Raphael Merlin took some time before the quartet left Paris to talk with TPR's John Clare about touring, their new Mendelssohn album, and switching violinists. Hear the interview in the audio player above.

Read more
KPAC Blog
2:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Beethoven's Mock-Serious Mood On Full Display In Opus 31's Third Sonata

listal.com

Ludwig van Beethoven's Opus 31 is an amazing collection of inspirations.

Read more
Classical Spotlight
1:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony is joined by soloists and choirs to present Verdi's Requiem. The program will include three choirs and four soloists, in addition to a full orchestra.

"It was natural to feature Verdi during this anniversary," says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. "It truly is operatic, and you'll hear that with our amazing soloists, choruses."

April 12 & 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre

Read more
KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Minneapolis' Uptown Brass Are Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Uptown Brass in the studio
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Uptown Brass Quintet consists of the principal brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra (according to writer/critic Alex Ross as "the greatest orchestra in the world.") This particular ensemble of musicians have been playing over a decade together, and you'll hear it in their comradery and especially in their music making.  Typically the group presents community concerts and educational outreach around Minnesota and whereever the orchestra is touring. But since last October, these musicians have been locked out of work.

Read more
Movies
10:36 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Texas History Behind John Ford's "The Searchers"

Cynthia Ann Parker, c. 1860 or 1861.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

John Ford's 1956 film "The Searchers" is one of the finest of the great director's career. And with its overtones of racism, it's also one of his most complicated. In the movie, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) goes on a years-long quest to find his niece, Debbie, who has been abducted by Comanche Indians. As the search drags on, his hatred for the Comanche intensifies, and by the time he finds Debbie (Natalie Wood), fully integrated into the Comanche Nation, he doesn't know whether to save her or kill her.

Read more
Downtown Art
12:38 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Video: World-Class Light/Video Installation Coming To Main Plaza

The San Fernando Cathedral will be awash in color and light as French artist Xavier de Richemont brings his installation to San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Arriving next year is a 15-minute installation by French artist and world-renown painter Xavier de Richemont. The art video will be projected onto the façade of San Fernando Cathedral, with 7,000 square feet of light, color and visual narration.

The video offers the historical journey through the settlement of San Antonio and Bexar County, and is Main Plaza’s first outdoor video/art project.

Read more
KPAC Blog
12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Break The Piano With Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" On KPAC

Photo of Beethoven's life mask, made in 1812, 15 years before his death.
unknown

Pop music is (usually) in English and is easy to understand, but Classical works are often in another language, and even when they are in English the operatic vibrato clouds the message.

Absolute music like a symphony or sonata has no words, but sometimes the work has a helpful title.

We've been presenting Beethoven's piano sonatas in order weekday mornings and one sonata that is very important in understanding the composer is being broadcast April 10 in the 6 a.m. hour.

Read more
Arts & Culture
1:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Maria Schneider: Bridging the Jazz-Classical Divide

Maria Schneider
Red Back Press

  Maria Schneider has emerged over the past several decades as one of our most original composers and arrangers for jazz orchestra. She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami.

Read more

Pages