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3:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" Tells A Strange Tale At The Playhouse

"Dead Man's Cell Phone."
Sandra Trevino

Opening at The Playhouse is a new production in which the open itself might seem a bit familiar: A woman in a restaurant -- and maybe this has happened to you -- someone’s phone keeps ringing and ringing.

“And she politely asks him to turn it off or answer it," said Andy Thornton, the director of "Dean Man's Cell Phone." But the guy in the restaurant doesn’t do it.

“So eventually she walks over to him and picks up his phone and she answers it,” Thornton said.

But, he said, there’s one big problem:

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KPAC Blog
11:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Rare Indian Classical Music Performance Slated For San Antonio

There’s a music event heading our way on Friday that’s unlike what we normally hear in San Antonio: The alluring sound of music from India.

“A raga is the melodic form of an Indian classical music," said Rick Henderson, who is putting this concert together and also plays.

"I’m a sarode player; that’s a 25-stringed, fretless lute from North India, in the same family as sitar," he said.

There’s a whole family of classical music native to India, and as Henderson explained, one of its most accomplished violinists is coming to San Antonio.  

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

San Fernando Public Art Project Seeking County Funds

San Fernando Cathedral.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.

Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.

Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.

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KPAC Blog
3:25 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Camerata Hosting Master Class For High School Musicians

Emily Freudigman.
Carin Lamontagne

It’s almost like an old school musician apprenticeship. We’re talking about a program conducted by Camerata San Antonio, the four-piece chamber ensemble.  First, a reminder of who they are and what they do.

“We perform music from the baroque to today, and we try to keep every program eclectic,” said Camerata’s co-founder and violist Emily Freudigman. Not long ago in the hill country, while conducting a master class, the group realized something.

“Not only do we perform well together, we teach well together,” said Freudigman.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Second Boerne Art Waddle Is This Saturday

Boerne Art Waddle
Cheryl J Beck, CJB Digital Imaging, Boerne Spotlights

The idea isn’t a completely original one, but as is often the case, Boerne puts its own spin on it.  It's called the "Art Waddle" and Boerne’s Mary Morton came up with it.

“My husband and I have gone on outings to other art walks throughout San Antonio and we’ve just enjoyed it tremendously and had gotten to know a neighborhood that we had never been to before. So that’s what we decided to do, and last year was our first year," Morton said.

“Now, you didn’t call it an 'art walk,' you called it an 'art waddle.' What’s the deal with that?" I asked.

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KPAC Blog
2:04 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

YOSA Taking San Antonio Sounds To Canada

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
John Clare

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have just two more performances before taking it on the road. YOSA actually comprises several youth orchestras, encouraging kids to find their own musical paths. Music Director Troy Peters gives us the lowdown on the next performance.

“This Sunday we’re going to be offering one of the big masters of the repertoire, Mahler’s First Symphony. But we’re doing it as a guided tour," he said.

Through the orchestra, Peters will do a stop-and-start performance, with explanations to present in-depth musical elements to the audience.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Moody Blues Frontman Justin Hayward Coming To San Antonio

Justin Hayward.
Credit Marcus Way

One of the most successful of the post-British Invasion bands was the Moody Blues. I spoke recently to the group’s front man, Justin Hayward.

We had a really difficult time connecting and he graciously took responsibility. He’s coming to the Charline McCombs Theater later this month, but not so much as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

"We’re doing things new and old, based on the 'Spirits of the Western Sky' album," he said. 

"Spirits" is Hayward’s solo album. I asked Hayward to elaborate on what audiences can expect.

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KPAC Blog
3:56 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Following This Week's Performances, Choral Society Hits The Road For Euopean Shows

Credit San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week.  I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director.

“We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said.

She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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3:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Freedom Brass & San Antonio Brass Are About To Make Big Music

Freedom Brass.
Elizabeth Castle

A brassy musical collaboration is about to take place. I spoke with two of their principals to find out what's going on. Master Sgt. Jeff Castle plays trumpet and is in charge of Freedom Brass.

"Freedom Brass is one of the chamber ensembles for the Band of the West," Castle said.

The Band of the West is a series of bands who make up the Air Force's musical wing. I also spoke to John Carroll, who plays trumpet in the San Antonio Symphony and is the executive director of the San Antonio Brass.

It is these two entities that have created a project together.

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