Arts & Culture

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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World Music
10:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Easter

Hanácké kraslice, a traditional way of decorating Easter eggs with straw in the region of Haná, the Czech Republic.
Jan Kameníček 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 weekend, Christians around the world celebrate Easter as a sacred Holy Day as well as with a little fun. 

BUNNY HOPPING 

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Deceptive Cadence
11:04 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Turkish' Mozart, Jazzed By An Expert

The Mehter Turkish Army Band, wearing traditional Ottoman Era costumes, in a 1957 photo.
Douglas Miller Getty Images

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KPAC Blog:
8:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dvorak Dazzles With Cypress Quartet's New Release

Cypress Quartet interview by John Clare
Nathan Cone TPR

The Cypress String Quartet has been together for over 15 years, and the latest project shows their roots - and their uncanny charm in Antonin Dvorak's "Cypresses," & "Opus 106." The album also marks their first recording with Avie Records, having previously produced their own albums and worked with Naxos and Summit Records.

The Cypress Quartet's playing is refined and passionate. Both works on the album are highly crafted, although they come from different times in Dvorak's life, and the quartet allows each to shine. 

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

'America's Got Talent' Showcases City And Local Production Talent

Crowds line the Riverwalk to see Howie Mandell on the first barge of America's Got Talent mini river parade, piloted by Elizabeth Taylor of Rio San Antonio Cruises
Drew Mayer-Oakes San Antonio Film Commission

NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" wrapped up a week’s stay in San Antonio on Friday for the taping of the popular TV show, and the city's contributions to the show are being hailed as a success.

The show auditioned 100 competitors from all over the country, not just San Antonio.

Drew Mayer-Oakes with the San Antonio Film Commission said the show brought dozens of its own producers and staffers, but hired some local talent as well.

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World Music At SXSW
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kao=S Mixes Traditional & Modern Japan To Make Music & Visual Art

Kao=S busks on Rainey Street on Saturday night, giving passers by something different from the contemporary sounds pouring out of the bars.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Tokyo-based Kao=S (pronounced 'kaus' - like house) mixes modern acoustic rock guitar riffs with the tsugaru syamisen - a traditional Japanese string  instrument - accompanied by the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Japanese sword performance.

The band is made up of Kaori (vocal/sword performance), Shuji (guitar/vocal), Jack (tsugaru syamisen and Daisuke (shakuhachi).

"Me and Jack played together in a different [group] and I met Shuji [when] I went to Shuji's live show and I talked to him [and said], 'Let's play together,'" Kaori said.

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World Music At SXSW
10:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Japan's Shugo Tokumaru Is In Control And 'In Focus'

Shugo said Tokyo audiences have been noticably resistance to his musical charms.
Chris Eudaily TPR

For his latest album, "In Focus?," Shugo Tokumaru maintained complete control over the creative process and played all the instruments on the recorded disk. In order to perform live, however, he needed some help, and had his band to back him up.

While the band delivered the songs with energy, complete with the subtle textural nuances that give Shugo's songs a little something special, he was visibly focused on the other two musicians during their performance the afternoon of March 14.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:16 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

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SXSW Film Festival
1:02 am
Tue March 26, 2013

SXSW 2013 Review: "The Other Shore"

Courtesy Photo

Diana Nyad is an athlete obsessed, but what's so unusual about that? Athletes are supposed to be obsessed. But to say Diana Nyad is a woman obsessed, now that's what makes her story so compelling, even worthy of a movie. And that movie was recently given several special screenings at SXSW.

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San Antonio's Missions
2:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Archbishop Re-dedicates San Juan; Old Spanish Missions Receive Governor's Award

Rededication ceremony for Mission San Juan Capistrano March 23, 2013
Eileen Pace TPR

The Old Spanish Missions were honored with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation at Saturday’s rededication ceremony for Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Attendees at the dinner commemorating the restoration of San Juan got a look at the details that made the project outstanding, like the hand-worked altar and architectural pieces, an exterior surface restored to its original look, and the re-interment of Native American remains found in the repair of the building’s foundation.

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