Arts & Culture

KPAC Blog
9:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sant'Ambrogio Swoons With Koenig For Newest Release

Now out on Sebastian Records, The Chopin Collection
Courtesy of the artist

Chopin, original and transcribed, for cello and piano

The very latest from cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, a collection of Chopin's music, actually began a few years ago when she was asked to perform a Chopin recital in Austin.  "Suddenly two other pianists asked me to do [Chopin] recitals as well!" says Sant'Ambrogio. "So I started thinking and researching, how do you fill a whole recital after you have the [Cello] sonata and polonaise..."

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Classical Spotlight
9:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Choir's National Tour Stops In San Antonio Friday Night

Rene Clausen and the Concordia Choir
Courtesy of the artist

Concordia Choir travels across 8 states in only three weeks

The Concordia Choir from Concordia College in Minnesota performs in San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (502 East Nueva Street). The concert is part of the choir’s 2013 tour, which includes performances across eight different states: Des Moines, Kansas City, Fort Smith, Houston, Oklahoma City, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013): RIP

  The music world suffered a significant loss on Friday, February 22, with the passing of the German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. He was 89. His resume is beyond reproach. He is likely best known in the US through his 10 years as the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra (he succeeded Riccardo Muti and was subsequently succeeded by Christoph Eschenbach). His remarkable career covered more than half a century.

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KPAC Blog
10:08 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

How To Make A Trumpet Player

Chuck Berginc
Phoenix Symphony

Years ago, in the late 1970s, Chuck Berginc joined the San Antonio Symphony as the orchestra's second trumpet. Chuck's career later took him to several years as principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and more recently (if 30 years can be considered recent) principal with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful professional trumpet player? Everyone has their own story, so here is Chuck's, in his own words (and notes).

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World Music
5:28 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Los Brujos en Mexico

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico. 

CONGRESO DE BRUJOS

Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
11:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC

Ludwig's last challenge.
Wikipedia

In the hurly-burly of a Piano competition there are selections that can make or break the chances of a competitor; pieces so difficult or dense that only a master musician can make them work for the audience and more importantly, the judges.

On the Piano this Sunday, we continue with music from the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition where two of the pianists "go big" in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be worthy of the gold medal.

Debussy

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Deceptive Cadence
10:57 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Wilkommen, Bienvenue ... Whatever

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 at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Record Number Of Pipe Organists In 42nd Hall Pipe Organ Competition

Organist David Heller
Courtesy of the artist

The William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition turns 42

Saturday, March 2, undergraduate and graduate organists will compete for the 42nd annual Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio. This year there are a record number of entrants, something unusual for the competition, since sometimes they are unsure of whether or not they will get the minimum of five competitors!

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KPAC Blog
4:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Oscar 2012: Best Original Score

Decca Records

This year marks a special anniversary for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as they celebrate their 85th year with their annual awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24.  Oscars will be awarded in 24 categories, and after downplaying the role of music in films last year, producers have promised a renewed interest in music, song, and musicals.  The telecast will include a tribute to musicals of the past decade, featuring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe. Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Barbara Streisand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones have also been tapped to appear.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:54 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Freedom-Loving Women And Madmen In Bizet’s 'Carmen'

Anita Rachvelishvili features as Carmen in Bizet's classic.
Metropolitan Opera

I couldn’t have timed better the decision to replay my all time favorite Masterpiece Theatre Classic, "The Forsyte Saga," than the week the Metropolitan would broadcast its "Carmen." I had never really considered the fact that the two works and their heroine’s were so close; more sisters than cousins.

The similarities are striking

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