Arts & Culture

KPAC blog: The Piano
1:11 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

On The Piano: Size Isn't Everything For Schubert's 'Impromptus'

Caricature of singer Johann Michael Vogl (left) and composer Franz Schubert (right). The caption (in German) reads: Michael Vogl and Franz Schubert go out for battle and victory.
: Original resides at the Historic Museum of the City of Vienna

Franz Schubert had great friends, and he needed them. His father wanted him to teach school, but Franz was built to compose music, and what started as a family hobby turned into an all consuming passion. Giving up his teaching job, Schubert turned to his friends, and with their help he was allowed, slowly and painfully, to become the artist he knew himself to be.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Please Approach The (Piano) Bench

Pablo Helguera

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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
9:31 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011.
Chris Lee courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 11:08 am

  • Lincoln Center and the New York Phil have confirmed plans for a (long, long overdue) major overhaul of 50-year-old Avery Fisher Hall that "aims to redefine what it means to be a concert hall at a time of challenging orchestra economics and changing audience habits." This will be the third attempt at addressing the venue's acoustical challenges.
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San Antonio Performing Arts
7:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

The San Antonio Symphony rehearses for the opening of the 2012 season.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:03 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.
Zhang Yi

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 8:43 pm

The Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. Chinese composer Tan Dun, who's best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has adapted the work into a compact 75 minutes.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
5:47 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Season Finale: Franz Josef Haydn’s 'Orlando Paladino'

Franz Joseph Haydn
Wikipedia

At one time Franz Josef Haydn had the best and worst job in the world. From his earliest youth he had found his way into the employ of the Eszterhazy family. Once he settled in, and with the exception of the rare argument, this arrangement (1761-1802) continued into his final retirement from ill health. He started with Prince Paul Anton (Pal Antal 1711-1762) first as assistant Kapellemeister and then the top post. But after that patron’s death his real compositional life began.

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Classical Spotlight
11:13 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Handel's Majestic Masterpiece Returns to San Antonio With Baroque Maestro

Patrick Dupre Quigley in his dressing room
Credit John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Patrick Dupre Quigley returns for The Messiah

It is the fourth time for Maestro Quigley to lead the San Antonio Symphony and third to conduct the Messiah. "I change it up each year, so if someone came last year, they won't hear the exact same thing, but I also include all the favorites - He Shall Feed His Flock, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus," says Patrick Quigley.

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Classical Spotlight
10:22 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Organ, Celtic, And Choral Noels From First Presbyterian Church Throughout December

Conductor Tom Dooling
First Presbyterian Church

Concert series begins Thursday December 6th at 12:00 p.m.

For over 30 years, First Presbyterian Church has offered lunchtime concerts downtown, and on three consecutive Thursdays this year, their tradition continues.

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Classical Spotlight
10:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Holidays Come To Life With Symphony Of The Hills And Jay Dunahoo

Jay Dunahoo at the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Classical Favorites like the Messiah and Manneheim Steamroller on tap

Christmas Through the Ages shows many of sides to the Symphony of the Hills. They will play the first portion of 'The Messiah,' selections by Mannhein Steamroller's Chip Davis as well as A Canadian Brass Chrsitmas. Classical masterworks of Vaughan-Williams and Samuel Barber also round out the program at the Callioux Theater on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m..

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KPAC Blog: 30th Anniversary
3:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Latin American Recordings

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, en los árboles.
Credit Courtesy Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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