Arts & Culture

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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Classical Spotlight
6:29 am
Wed February 6, 2013

The Five Browns Bring Their All-Piano Quintet To Boerne

The Five Browns
5 Browns

In classical circles, a piano quintet is almost always one piano and four instrumentalists (string or wind). The Five Browns are literally a piano quintet -- five Juilliard pianists -- and all family -- two brothers and three sisters! Since being dubbed the "Fab Five" by People Magazine, they have been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, Today, and The Tonight Show.

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World Music Pick
4:54 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

The Cinematic Sounds Of Lo'Jo

World Village Records

Celebrating thirty years of performing, Lo'Jo, the French group from Angers, have released their thirteenth album. The title of the album says it all 'Cinema El Mundo', and the music unfolds as in a film.

It starts out with the aptly named "At The Beginning" and brings us along on a journey which incorporates music from North Africa. Vocals from the iconic English singer Robert Wyatt are added, and no Lo'Jo album would be complete without the El Mourid sisters.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.
Samantha West courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:50 am

When a new festival for opera and musical theater called "Prototype" opened in New York last month, it wasn't inaugurated with a huge new piece. Instead, the festival was kicked off with the first staging of Mohammed Fairouz' opera Sumeida's Song — a work for four singers and a handful of musicians that lasts just 60 minutes long, presented at Here, a theater in Manhattan's Tribeca that seats just 100 people.

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Classical Spotlight
9:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lang-Lessing Brings Symphonies And Concertos To Brahms Festival

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic

While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.

Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New Program Lineup on KPAC 88.3 FM

Listeners told us through our survey last fall that they tune in to KPAC to hear the best classical music all the time, and this month, KPAC adjusts its on-air schedule to bring you more music throughout the day on your classical oasis.  You’ll also hear your favorite on-air hosts during prime listening times on the station. 

A link to the new KPAC schedule can be found here: http://tpr.org/schedule/week/kpac

New host schedules: 

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Deceptive Cadence
2:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner.
courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, pianist Sara Davis Buechner published on the New York Times website a brave and moving account of her experiences as a transgendered person. "As David Buechner, born in the northwest suburbs of Baltimore in 1959," she writes, "I became an internationally known concert pianist. But from the time I was a child, I understood that I was meant to be Sara."

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KPAC Blog
7:11 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Hekel Tavares, The Master Of Brazilian Folklore

Brazilian composer Hekel Tavares
www.drzem.com.br

We often speak of certain Brazilian composers suffering in the shadow of Heitor Villa-Lobos. After all, he was the one who possessed not only musical genius, but also the ability to attract attention.

He was, in many ways, bigger than life, which made it a struggle for other very able composers to be seen and heard. These others included Camargo Guarnieri, Franciso Mignone and Claudio Santoro. The music of these composers is still struggling to be heard outside of Brazil.

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World Music
5:26 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Greasy Thursday

Pączki domowe.
MOs810 Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, Poland celebrates "Greasy Thursday," and there's a Devil's Carnival in Bolivia. Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of the celebrations!

TŁUSTY CZWARTEK

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