Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Every Time Quasthoff Sings An Angel Gets His Wings

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 1:30 pm

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
9:10 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 8:46 am

There's no way around what a sad week it's been in music.

  • Charles Rosen, prodigious pianist, scholar and polymath, died Sunday in New York at age 85.
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KPAC blog: Saturday at the Met
11:03 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Met Stage Is Full Of Egypt With Verdi's Spectacle, 'Aida'

Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida.
Metropolitan Opera

There are so many genres of opera. There are the exquisite chamber operas that are close to plays like Strauss’ "Capriccio" of Gluck’s chamber operas. There are the operas of morality or ideology like Beethoven’s "Fidelio" or Mozart’s "Idomeneo." Some works highlight verismos raw emotions and atonal expressionism, decadent excesses like Berg’s "Lulu" or the opera of scandal, like "Salome" and the late romantic opera as epic poetry, "The Ring." The list goes on and on.

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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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