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KPAC Blog
12:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Updated: Last Weekend Of Public Radio Music Month At KPAC!

Conductor David Mairs, Mid Texas Symphony
Chris Eudaily/TPR

Update: (April 24 at 2:00 p.m.) We start the homestretch of Public Radio Music Month with an encore airing of The Five Browns Live in Boerne on Saturday, April 27  at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, April 28 at noon, David Mairs from the Mid Texas Symphony kicks off a day of guest DJs.

Sunday's schedule:

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4:11 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Ana Cervantes: Musical Midwife

Ana Cervantes
Ana Cervantes

Critics consider Ana Cervantes –daughter of a Nebraska (USA) mother and a Mexican father– “a physical, emotional performer, with extraordinary touch and mastery of tone and colour”; an artist of “commanding intensity,” “great interpretive qualities and enormous passion”.

Her special ability to function as interlocutor between cultures, her charismatic stage presence and imaginative programming which embraces both contemporary and traditional repertoires, have earned her the accolade “ambassadress for the music of Mexico”.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Irving Berlin's Holiday Big Three

Irving Berlin
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 Irving Berlin is one of those who could easily have written a couple of songs, then retired to fame and great wealth. But like most highly creative people, his life was one of ceaseless creation, to the very end. Among his more than 900 songs are three which might be described as his Holiday Big Three: “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and “Easter Parade."

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Arts & Culture
5:12 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

San Anto Cultural Arts Students Build Giant Paleta Bike Rack

A "surprisingly large" paleta.
San Anto Cultural Arts

Fifteen young artists studying at the San Anto Cultural Arts Center are working on their first public art sculpture, thanks to a grant from Awesome S-A.

The students thought of an artistic way to meet the ongoing need for bike storage at the center. 

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mozart's K. 401

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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Movies
2:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

"The Girl" Hopes To Change Border Myths

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) and Rosa (Maritza Santiago Hernandez).
Courtesy Photo

In 1998, writer/director David Riker explored New York City’s Latin American immigrant population through the anthology film “La Ciudad,” a film striking for its documentary-like feel. Although he planned to follow up that film with another narrative feature about the US-Mexico border, the wealth of information and research he came across led him to change some of the preconceived notions he had about la frontera

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Deceptive Cadence
2:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Wendy Maeda Boston Globe via Getty Images

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KPAC Blog: Book Review
2:10 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Life After Death With Bess Lovejoy's New Book About The Fates Of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Simon and Schuster

I don't know what it says about me, but when a new book was sent to TPR called "Rest in Pieces," I was deemed the person to review it.

I have been in love with spooky stuff since I was about four and my horror movie collection is huge, but I think of myself as a fairly regular fellow. If you are lucky enough to read, retain and enjoy disturbing and arcane facts, this book is for you.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:17 pm

For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for many musical settings of the Passion story. J.S. Bach is still the benchmark when it comes to composing Passions. His St.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:59 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata,' The Opera Of Operas

Metropolitan Opera

There are a handful of operas that define the genre; their time period irrelevant and their themes go to the very heart of the human condition.

We live with these creations daily without our knowing it and they are the very musical air we breath. They exist in the opera house, on the the concert stage (without scenery), in the recital hall (as excerpts, arranged for piano), in the elevator, on the radio, in the lightest cartoons and the darkest dramas - and yes, in the shower.

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