Arts & Culture

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tobin Center Reaches New Heights With Final Steel Beam

Construction workers involved with the Tobin Center secure a 5-ton steel beam to crane to be lifted. The resting Live Oak tree will be planted on the center's grounds.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Musica Sacra SA Presents Briggs And More For Advent

Conductor Robert Finster at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Not just a concert, but a service too

Already in their third season, Musica Sacra SA will perform Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Atonement. The program follows the Second Sunday of Advent - both musically and literally.

Robert Finster says there are familiar composers and one you might not know. "David Briggs is a great improviser for the organ, and has transcribed all of the Gigout solos! He works in London at a church, plus he composes very original pieces. I first heard of him on your radio station [KPAC] with Heart and Voice!"

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
1:27 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Verdi’s Indestructible Masked Ball: 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikipedia

Few, if any, operas can bear comparison with the gestation, preparation and final execution of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera." It is the work that definitively closes his middle period; preceded by "Traviata," "Rigoletto," and "Il Trovatore" and followed by his supreme masterworks "Don Carlo," "Aida," "Otello" and "Falstaff."

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Classical Spotlight
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

USAF Band Of The West Gives Musical Gift To San Antonio

Horizon Sax Quartet members
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

Three Chances To Hear Holiday In Blue

The USAF Band of the West's Concert Band & Various Ensembles perform this weekend at Edgewood ISD Theatre of Performing Arts, 607  SW 34th Street in San Antonio.

The free concerts are:

  • Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may be printed from their website or picked up from the Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB ITT offices, Ft. Sam Houston MWR office, and the Fiesta Commission Office.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
Chris Carroll Brooklyn Academy of Music

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:05 am

As of this year, the vocal group Anonymous 4 has been introducing modern audiences to medieval music for a quarter century. When the all-female quartet asked David Lang to help mark the occasion by writing them some music, he didn't need any convincing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer was already a big fan.

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TPR Cinema
11:21 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Soundtrack Review: "Anna Karenina"

Decca Records

Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina” continues to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, having been adapted over a dozen times in different forms by directors all over the world. Joe Wright’s feature film boldly breaks from tradition, confining most of the plot on a single soundstage.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:19 am
Wed December 5, 2012

A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico

The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.
Marco Borggreve

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 8:55 pm

Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. Most of these fresh-faced singers are still in their 20s, but they've already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings — mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance.

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Alternate Routes
8:33 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dublin Drag Orchestra by Way of Alternate Routes

Viva Frida!
Amazon.com

Thanks to my Facebook friend Lauri Pearson for setting me up for today's Alternate Routes. Lauri is a real listener, a true fanatic of music who does the mid-day shift at Magic 105.3 FM. Although she and I do most of our listening within different genres (there's more overlap than most might imagine), Lauri's observations about music are almost always spot on.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:02 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein
Jamie Jung Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:26 am

British composer Edward Elgar wrote his cello concerto in 1919 — soon after the end of World War I — and it's suffused with the dark weight of that war.

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World Music Picks
9:13 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Mexican Songstress Carla Morrison Wins Latin Grammy For 'Déjenme Llorar'

Despite her English name, Carla Morrison is Mexican. Her father, Hilario Viera, ran away from Durango, Mexico as a young man and ended up  in San Diego. Hilario was adopted by William Morrison, who in turn gave him his new surname.

Years later, Hilario returned to Mexico and married Porfiria Flores in Tecate where Carla was born. She received a high school education in Phoenix and pursued music studies at the University of Arizona. It wasn't until she reached high school that anyone realized she could sing, as she was extremely shy as a girl.

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