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Classical Spotlight
10:24 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Performing In Seguin

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Haochen Zhang, gold medal-winning pianist in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be performing at Ayers Hall at Texas Lutheran University on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

KPAC's Randy Anderson spoke to Mr. Zhang about his experiences in Fort Worth, touring, and the music on next Monday's program.

"The competition meant a lot to me. [Now] I get to spend so much time touring, and it’s a very maturing experience for me, mentally and spiritually." -- Haochen Zhang

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KPAC Blog
12:39 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Is Gabriela Ortiz's "Camelia La Tejana" An Opera Or Documentary?

Gabriela Ortiz
Gabriela Ortiz

The Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz has found a great deal of success with her varied catalog of work. To try to define it in only a paragraph, or two, would be unfair and probably impossible. Likewise, her work defies any attempt to be pigeon-holed into a nationalistic or ethnic box. Yes, some of the catalog reflects her Mexican roots. But other titles speak in a musical language which should only be described as contemporary.

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Classical Spotlight
3:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Handel's 'Messiah' To Be Featured At First Presbyterian

The final page of Handel's "Messiah"
Courtesy of the British Library

Tom Dooling leads Parts 2 & 3 of Handel's masterpiece  

Handel's Messiah Parts II and III are the program this Sunday for the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church, accompanied by a baroque ensemble playing on period instruments. Tom Dooling conducts the free concert that starts at 4 p.m.

"Messiah was popular in its day, and throughout history a real staple," says Dooling. "It is probably one of the most, if not THE most recognizable choral/orchestral works in the repertoire."

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World Music At SXSW
3:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Meteoric One-Year Rise Of Iceland's Asgeir Trausti

Ásgeir Trausti has a bright future with his English language album a few months from release.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Iceland's Ásgeir Trausti has taken the music charts in his native country by storm since his debut album, "Dyrd I Daudathogn," came out in September of last year. The presale of his album broke records on Icelandicmusic.com, reached gold sales in six weeks and has since gone platinum.

While some of the musical backing in his songs may sound familiar, the vocal stylings in his native Icelandic make the vocal feel more like a participating instrument than a means to deliver the lyrics.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:43 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Joys Of Chaos With Giuseppe Verdi’s 'La Forza Del Destino'

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Acting on a commission for "La Forza del Destino" from the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Verdi responded on a practical level by preparing for winter; it would premiere in late November.

He sent ahead Italian provisions - sausage, pasta and salami - acquired a very warm coat and commenced work.

Masterpiece of chaos

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World Music At SXSW
12:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

An Independent Musical Voice From Chile: Diego Peralta

Diego Peralta was in the U.S. for the first time at this year's SXSW.
Chris Eudaily TPR

With undisputable pop leanings and an ear for a sweet vocal melody, Diego Peralta is one of the leading independent voices on the Chilean music scene in his hometown of Valparaiso.

Diego was one of only a few musicians representing Chile at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW), and this was his first time in the United States.

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World Music At SXSW
11:08 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Lisa LeBlanc And Her French-Canadian "Folk Trash"

Lisa Leblanc is from Rosaireville, a town of 49 people in New Brunswick, Canada
Lisa Leblanc facebook photo

Lisa LeBlanc's musical idols are from the world of classic rock and metal. They're big rock stars with charisma, many of them men. Her approach to folk music is bold and confrontational, a style that she has deemed "folk trash."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.
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Classical Spotlight
3:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Leading Violinist Solos And Conducts San Antonio Symphony

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin
Courtesy of the artist

Cho-Liang Lin features Vivaldi and Schubert this weekend in San Antonio

On tap Friday and Saturday night at the Majestic are Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plus three works by the romantic composer Franz Schubert: Two violin and orchestra works, plus his "Symphony No. 6."

Leading the program is violinist/conductor Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin.

Lin is a world class violin soloist, recording artist and the artistic director of the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. He talks about the San Antonio program, how he began conducting, and the importance of teaching.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

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