Arts & Culture

St. Patrick's Day
11:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Raising The Profile Of Irish Heritage In San Antonio

Kevin Dowd, president of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas, prepares hundreds of pounds of meat for the Hooley celebration.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

As members of the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas began preparations for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, including a Saturday "Hooley," President Kevin Dowd reflected on the tradition.

"The Irish will fight to the death for what they believe in," he said as he cut hundreds of sausage links at Beethoven Maennerchor Hall on Pereida St. "Right or wrong, that's just the way we're made."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
Alexey Stiop iStockphoto.com

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Arts & Culture
8:46 am
Sat March 16, 2013

F.I.S.H. Exhibit Gets Needed Repairs After February Windstorm

A fish out of water. One of the 25 F.I.S.H.es was knocked off its hanger and fell into the San Antonio River. River Authority staff fished the big guy out and he is to be re-installed this weekend.
Eileen Pace

It's time this weekend to go back down to the Museum Reach and see the repaired F.I.S.H. art exhibit.  Artists from Colorado and Florida are in town to repair the fiberglass art installation damaged in February’s windstorm.

Sustained winds over a 16-hour period and gusts of up to 64 mph on February 25th knocked out power and damaged trees and buildings. Stronger than the force of some tropical storms, the wind also battered the F.I.S.H. exhibit along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio Riverwalk.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

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World Music
1:47 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

World Music Celebrations: St. Patrick's Day

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, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated not just in Ireland, but now around the world. 

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Stradivari Is My Co-Pilot

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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SXSW
2:42 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

SXSW 2013: San Antonio High School Students Showcase

O'Connor High students Kyle Curtis (left) and Jonathan Munoz (right).
Nathan Cone

Repeat visits are in store this year for two San Antonio high schools at the South By Southwest Film Festival.  You'll have an opportunity to show your support at a public screening of these and other Texas High School Shorts on Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Austin's Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater. 

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:40 am

How do classical artists grab attention these days? Simple — or, actually, not so simple at all. They build their fan bases on YouTube, one page hit at a time.

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Metropolitan Opera
12:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Riccardo Zandonai’s 'Francesca da Rimini,' Live

Finally together... in hell.
Gustave Doré Wikimedia Commons

Few single cantos of poetry have ever given as much to the world as Dante’s Canto V from the Inferno and the brief telling at the close of the love, death and afterlife of Francesca da Rimini.

Beginning with Dante in 1308 among the painters, musicians, painters , playwrights inspired by the tale can be included: Mercadante, Leigh Hunt, Ingres, Rodin, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, Doré (whose illustrations are reprinted to this day), Foote and of course Tchaikovsky, whose tone poem has done much to popularize the theme . 

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