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Classical Spotlight
10:43 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Sorgi & Thomason vs. Mid Texas Symphony In Saturday's 'Superbow'

Mozart
Wikipedia

Mozart and Schubert on tap in New Braunfels Saturday night

The Mid Texas Symphony continues their 35th season with "Superbows" -- the music of Mozart and Schubert. Featured in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante is violinist Craig Sorgi and violist Eliza Thomason.

"The second movement is just an incredibly poetic and emotionally deep movement to play."

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Classical Spotlight
9:55 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Silver Medalist Returns To San Antonio For Brahms Festival

Pianist Andrea Lam
Credit Greg Barrett

Groundhog Day recital includes Brahms' Piano Pieces, Opus 118  

On Saturday night, Andrea Lam returns to the stage where just four years ago she was awarded the Silver Medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Lam will play Mozart, Brahms, and a new work by the Australian composer Nigel Westlake. "He has done some classical composing, but he has also done some movie scores. I really love his harmonic language, and he really incorporates a lot of rhythm in his music as well."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

Virgin

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 6:14 pm

Musical talent tends to run in families. Think of Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Colin and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, or The Jackson 5.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Marian Anderson, A Legend Revisited

Portrait of Marian Anderson
Carl van Vechten, Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

Depending on your age, the name Marian Anderson can belong to the realm of indelible and haunting experience, or mysterious legend.

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TPR Cinema
11:19 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Soundtrack Review: "The Life of Pi"

Sony Classical

With track titles as diverse as “Meeting Krishna” and “Thank You Vishnu For Introducing Me To Christ,” it’s appropriate that Mychael Danna’s score for “The Life of Pi” is an appealing mix of East Meets West, as strings, tablas, sitars, flutes, accordions and gamelans blend together for waltzes, Indian rhythms, and sweeping orchestral flourishes.

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World Music
4:35 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Camel Fest!

Two members of the Jarl's squad, dressed as Vikings, are silhouetted in front of the burning galley at Up Helly Aa.
Mike Pennington 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, there'll be a beauty pageant for camels in India, and Scots transform into Vikings at the Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of past celebrations!

BIKANER CAMEL FESTIVAL 

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

It's Not All About the Notes: What the Arts Teach Our Children

The arts teach on many different levels
Credit Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

The arts promote skills essential to academic and life success.

Bravo to Lisa Phillips, author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner for this reminder that arts education in our  schools does much more than simply teach crafts, music and acting. There's also problem solving, creativity, confidence, and so much more that kids take away from these studies. 

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KPAC blog: The Piano
2:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

San Antonio International Piano Competition A Lesson In Contrast

Ihang Lin
San Antonio Inter. Piano Competition

Contrast really means something to those of us who enjoy classical music. The carefully constructed essence of music is the growth and movement between the various emotional plateaus of the composition. This is where the listener derives enjoyment, knowing that Beethoven, Stravinsky or Leonard Bernstein is in the driver's seat and that while we perhaps have a frame of reference for the adventure, we still don't completely know how the journey will proceed or end.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:27 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Puccini Gets Real In 'La Rondine' [With Video]

Kristine Opolais in 'La Rondine'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two views of Puccini. To his admirers he is one of the most beloved, most lyrical and at times moving composers of the modern period -- and successful beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings.

Detractors, however, have a different view. For all the dramatic (or melodramatic) force of his music and his undeniable lyric gift, finally he is enthralled by the mob. His lucrative populism is almost an embarrassment, and the joke he once told about his talent: "God touched me, but with his little finger," is perhaps, a truer saying than his fans care to admit.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:56 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation

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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