Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Obama's 'Hope And Virtue' Distilled In A Song

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters during the 1963 March on Washington and President Barack Obama speaks at his first inauguration in 2009.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:51 am

On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States. And Monday, President Obama will be sworn in again — this time on a most auspicious day, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

In King's most famous speech, he said, "In spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."

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World Music
4:23 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Burning Hills & Cow Races

Yakushiji-temple and Wakakusayama Hill.
名古屋太郎 Wikipedia

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 painful march in Singapore, a burning hill in Japan, and a cow race in Australia! Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of past celebrations!

THAIPUSAM

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KPAC blog: The Piano
12:09 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Tsunami Of Talent At The International Piano Competition

Bach dares you to play ALL the notes
Wikipedia

A wave of great young pianists crashes into the Alamo City every three years to compete in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Last October 11, aspiring artists arrived and prepared themselves to impress the judges at the usual venue - the Ruth Taylor recital hall. Luckily for all of us it was all recorded by John Coker.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:28 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, who has just been named as the next music director of the Houston Symphony.
Martin Sigmund courtesy of the artist
  • After a five-year search that encompassed some 50 contenders, the Houston Symphony has announced its new music director: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The 35-year-old Colombian trained in Vienna and will take over from the retiring Hans Graf, who is departing at the end of this season.
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San Antonio Books
9:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Nine Lives: Recycling Books, Movies & Music

Jazz (in green) helps a customer on the phone while customer Ed Sollers browses through the shelves.
Chris Eudaily TPR

When you bring in your used books, movies and music to sell at Nine Lives Books they won't give you cash.

What they give you instead is store credit, credit that Manager Suzanne Farnsworth says is "rather generous" compared to what you might get in cash from a bigger used book store of a similar model.

What this does, she said, is to ensure that the people who come into her store are people who love to read or watch movies themselves, and not just people looking to get rid of boxes of books simply because they are taking up space on their floor or in their garage.

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Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Brahms & Beyond Offers Romance And Rarities With Timothy Jones

Pianist Brent Watkins rehearses with Musical Offerings led by Akiko Fujimoto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

From Dvorak to Schoenberg, music by and influences of Johannes Brahms on the BrahmsSA Festival opening concert 

Musical Offerings is proud to present the first concert of the 2013 BrahmsFest SA. Their program includes Dohnanyi, Brahms, Dvorak, and Schoenberg.  

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Classical Spotlight
1:29 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Masterclass Clowns (Video): Igudesman And Joo Stop In San Antonio

Igudesman & Joo.
Julia Wesely

They have had over 14 million views on YouTube, John Malkovitch has appeared on stage and film with them, and Maestro Bernard Haitink loves them. Igudesman and Joo have been performing since they met in music school.

"We call ourselves more eclectic: many different styles that don't seem to fit together. Somehow fabulously do fit together, and at the same time, combined with theater and comedy, it's a special combination."

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:32 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Maria Stuarda,'One Queen Too Many At Metropolitan Opera

Mary in happier days
Wikipedia

Whether you believe that Mary Stuart was the most amoral, conniving and ruthless female of Elizabethan England or the most tragic victim of overwhelming and relentless circumstances and doomed to tragic grandeur, her life is one of the great historical dramas.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:34 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:09 pm

It happened again last Saturday. And boy, when it hit me it felt great — though it left me a little shaken.

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San Antonio Books
7:08 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Cheever Books: The Rare And Unique

A hand written sign directs customers further back into the rooms that are more like small caves, the walls lined with books from floor to ceiling.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Where else can you find six hardback volumes of Moliere's plays?

Cheever Books has it, along with thousands of other titles lining the shelves of the old house on Broadway. Books in the hallways, books in each corner of every room, and books sitting neatly stacked on the floor.

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