Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
8:27 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Marches Madness: Off With His Head!

In Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he imagines his own march to the guillotine.
Rischgitz Getty Images

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:59 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Marches Madness: Mourning Queen Mary II

For Queen Mary II's funeral, Henry Purcell wrote a simple and stately march.
Peter Lely Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:19 pm

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

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Arts For A Cause
9:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Musical Teaches Kids Empathy With On Stage Lessons, Shoe Drive

Eric Castillo, founder of A Walk In Their Shoes, will take donated shoes from the play to distribute to the needy.
Eileen Pace TPR

A San Antonio psychologist-turned-playwright is teaming up with The Playhouse theater for a musical to benefit the homeless. You have two chances this week to enjoy "In Their Shoes," Wednesday and Thursday nights only.

The whole story is about empathy, and a pair of magic shoes that transports a little girl, Goody2Shoes, into a world where she can see what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes.

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Arts Education
2:39 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

John Lennon Bus Helps Kids Make Music, Art

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus travels 10 months a year, visiting middle & high schools and colleges.
Carin Lamontagne

The John Lennon Educational Bus stopped this week in San Antonio, where it was stationed at Café College downtown.  The staff visited middle schools,  high schools and colleges where they help students write, record, and make videos for original music. 

Some students have never played instruments, so the bus staff also gave basic lessons. The bus has been around for 16 years, and they anticipate a second bus will be deployed in May for use in Europe.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:55 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

'Funeral March of a Marionette': Puppet Music Promoted By Hitchcock

Charles Gounod's quirky march about marionettes found new life as the theme music to Alfred Hitchcock's suspense show on TV.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:17 pm

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

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Classical Spotlight
11:26 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Connecting Worlds And Culture With Choral Music

mwangazachoir.org

Wednesday night there is a chance to hear choral music with a twist. Mwangaza Children's Choir is a group of Ugandan children (ages 8-12) who represent the orphaned and poor youth of their country.

Mwangaza means "shining light" in Swahili. The majority of their concerts are performed in English, but some parts are in their native language.

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World Music Pick
8:41 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Thunderous Sounds of "Mythology"

Celtic Thunder is an all male vocal group from Ireland. Admission to the group is by audition, and members come and go, usually to pursue a solo performing career. They span the spectrum from young to more mature, but they each possess and outstanding voice and stage presentation. One of them is a chartered accountant, another a bus builder and a couple of others have degrees in music.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Crossing America with Miguel del Aguila

Miguel del Aguila
Miguel del Aguila

  Miguel del Aguila's website describes him as "An internationally recognized compositional voice and talent, Miguel del Aguila creates fresh, spontaneous music often colored by Latin and World Music idioms, and with a healthy respect for the classical tradition and form. What results is a captivating interplay of classical balance and romantic excess.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

'Thank You For That Gift': Memories Of Van Cliburn From Medalists

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.
Ron Jenkins

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:42 pm

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Youth Musicians
1:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

YOSA Player Selected To Carnegie Hall's First National Youth Orchestra

Weston McCall playing in the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

It's a Friday afternoon, and while Weston McCall could be playing a video game, hanging out with friends, or studying Latin, he is playing musical excerpts on his French Horn in the TPR studios.

"Not all my friends really know all the stuff I am involved in, I mean they know I'm in YOSA, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and a few of my friends know I applied for it, but my friends at school - they're proud of me, they're really happy, but I know that they have no clue about what I'm talking about."

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