Arts & Culture

Arts Education
3:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Say Sí Receives Unexpected $100,000 award

Nicole Amri, SAY SI Program/Community Coordinator with SAY SI Artistic Director Jon Hinojosa and Board Member Michael Mazzei receive unexpected check from IMPACT SA's Ann Parker

On Thursday the Say Sí multi-disciplinary arts program became the unexpected recipient of the $100,000 IMPACT San Antonio grant.

IMPACT San Antonio presents large grants of $100,000 to selected non-profits each October and last year doubled its awards; honoring the San Antonio AIDS Foundation and the Center for Family Relations each with grants to apply toward specific projects.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
12:52 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Making A Pianistic Point At The SAIPC

SAIPC

I've seen contestants in piano competitions play some large and impressive works when trying to stand out from their other competitors. Big and difficult works like Liszt's "b minor sonata" or Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit" are sure to get the judges attention, but there is also the fear of losing the audience.

It is not easy programming your first set at a competition. This week on The Piano, we visit more recordings from last October's San Antonio International Piano Competition.There are only two big and challenging works on the program.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:59 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Remembering Pioneering American Conductor, Poet And Anime Inspiration James DePreist

The late American conductor James DePreist.
Wendy Leher courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 1:31 pm

Pioneering American conductor, National Medal of Arts winner and poet James DePreist died early this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76 years old. His death, his manager told Deceptive Cadence, stemmed from complications following a heart attack he suffered nearly a year ago.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Psy Opera

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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Luminaria 2013
9:49 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Luminaria Returns To Light Up Downtown Streets

The Align Dancers perform in HemisFair Park as part of a demo from their Luminaria performance in March
Joey Palacios TPR

In one month, San Antonio will once again be illuminated for the city’s annual multi-media art show known as Luminaria.

The annual arts and culture show fills downtown with music, lights, and unique art displays from over 600 artists and 80 musicians. HemisFair Park is practically turned into a living lit-up painting.  Mayor Julián Castro said Luminaria is the largest single-night arts event in Texas.

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Classical Spotlight
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

YOSA And Children's Choir Re-Imagine Brahms

Conductor Troy Peters of YOSA
John Clare TPR

YOSA and CCSA collaborate for BrahmsFest

Monday night, February 11, two outstanding youth groups combine on the stage of Trinity University's Laurie Auditorium to celebrate the music of Johannes Brahms. The official Brahms Festival event will feature new orchestrations and old favorites.

Marguerite McCormick and Troy Peters will conduct the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic in "Brahms ReImagined." 

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Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

"Chapter 2" stars Philip Kazen, Catherine Babbitt, Greg Hinojosa and Catherine Hayes
Woodlawn Theatre

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Donizetti's Comedic Elixir For Love, 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

Anna Netrebko stars as Adina with Erwin Schrott as Dulcamara, the provider of the love-inducing elixir
Metropolitan Opera

After more than 180 years (1832), audiences are still laughing through their tears at Gaetano Donizetti’s comic masterwork, The Elixir of Love.

It is a commonplace to say that comedy is more difficult than tragedy, but what about an opera that walks that delicate boundary between the two?

Taking as a starting part the most common of themes -- provincial love and its difficulties -- Donizetti achieves something almost miraculous.

Opening Night in New York

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Classical Spotlight
6:56 am
Thu February 7, 2013

'Mona Lisa' Violin Smiles With New Owner Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers and her "ex-Vieuxtemps" Guarneri
Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers was recently named "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the Austin Critics' Table, and continues to tour around the globe (You may have met her at our 2010 CD signing party). Meyers typically tours with a 1730 Stradivarius violin called the "Royal Spanish" and a 1697 Stradivarius called the "Molitor," said to have been owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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San Antonio Film
9:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

CineFestival, Longest-Running Latino Film Festival, Begins Feb. 23

Filmmaker Gustavo Stebner, star of "WAPPO vs. THE WORLD," with Cinefestival Curator, Jimmy Mendiola
Eileen Pace TPR

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has announced the finalists for this year’s CineFestival, and this year’s event features more local talent than in the past.

The festival kicked off its series Tuesday with a showing of a short film reviewing Sandra Cisneros’ new book.

"We had over 100 submissions and we're probably bringing you about 42 or 43 of those," said CineFestival Curator Jimmy Mendiola.

Mendiola grew up in San Antonio but spent years making movies in California. Now, Mendiola said, is the time to be a San Antonio filmmaker.

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