Arts & Culture

Schools and the Arts
3:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Performing Arts Inspire Murals Around Tobin Center Construction

Students from the SAISD's Young Women Leadership Academy sing in front of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before the mural unveiling.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The walls surrounding the Tobin Center construction site are now adorned with paintings created by SAISD students to serve as a tribute to the vision of the performing arts center as construction continues.

Omar Leos, the district’s visual and theater arts coordinator, said 280 students helped design 36 4 ft. by 4 ft. panels that now line the construction zone

"Instead of having just a regular fence blocking the construction site, there’ll be public art displayed by students of San Antonio ISD," Leos said.

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Classical Spotlight
12:59 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

San Antonio Native 'Bears' His Creative Soul In New Release

Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez.
Robert Xavier Rodriguez

Robert Xavier Rodriguez combines cello music on new recording

The latest release of Robert Xavier Rodriguez on Albany Records spans several years, and includes all the cello and piano works, plus a work for solo cello.

"It's wonderful to have quality recordings out, you can show what a piece is supposed to sound like. It is, of course, always great to  have live performances, but I hope recordings will help generate more live performances of my music," says Rodriguez.

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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Heart Of Texas Concert Band Mixes Winds And Voices For Holiday Concert

HOTCB playing holiday selections
Don Hessenflow

Mark Rogers leads band and choruses this Sunday

When the Heart of Texas Concert Band (HOTCB) performs this weekend, they will add an element for the very first time in the ensemble's history: a choir. Band and choir works are more rare than orchestral accompaniment, but Mark Rogers has done some searching and arranging.

"Nancy Oehlert approached me about collaborating with the Encore Youth Chorus, and I thought it was a natural fit, and immediately thought of the holidays," says conductor Mark Rogers. 

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Deceptive Cadence
2:38 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.
Capitol Records, Inc, courtesy of EMI Classics

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Classical Spotlight
2:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Final Installment Of Midday Noels Features First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers

Conductor Tom Dooling.
First Presbyterian Church

Tom Dooling leads classical and traditional favorites

Join First Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary for their last mini-concert of the annual "Midday Noel," called Singing the Season. The First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers will present a concert of Christmas music from around the world. 

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Classical Spotlight
1:53 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Choral Group Voci di Sorelle Brings Glad Tidings To San Antonio

Voci di Sorelle.
Benissimo Music

Voci di Sorelle sings at UIW Chapel this Sunday!

Holiday music is a tradition for many different kinds of people, crossing race, faith and style lines. Sounds of the season vary with groups, but are also a tradition for many directors and ensembles.

"There is a lot of really good repertoire out there for this time of the year, and if it is not for women's voices, we make it that way!"

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Deceptive Cadence
10:39 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Musicians Remember Elliott Carter

Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
10:12 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Strauss And Mozart Specialist, Dies At 93

Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 7:51 am

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Deceptive Cadence
2:34 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Remembering Charles Rosen, A Prodigious Pianist And Polymath

President Barack Obama and the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, after Rosen was presented with a 2011 National Humanities Medal on February 13.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:04 pm

Pianist, classical music scholar and thinker Charles Rosen died in New York yesterday at age 85 following a battle with cancer. A prolific author, essayist and Guggenheim Award winner, Rosen published two staple books on classical music, 1971's The Classical Style and 1995's The Romantic Generation, and was a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Jenni Rivera: A Beautiful Voice Goes Silent

Singer Jenni Rivera at the 11th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2010.
Kevin Winter Getty Images for LARAS

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 12:38 pm

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The news that no survivors have been found in the wreckage of a small plane in which Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and six others were traveling before it crashed Sunday in northern Mexico means "the world has lost one very beautiful voice," as E! Online writes.

According to The Associated Press:

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