Arts & Culture

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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SXSW Film Festival
11:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

SXSW 2013: Several Films to Premiere in Austin

Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:03 am

It's SXSW season, folks.

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced part of the line up of films to premiere at the 20th edition of the festival.

The film festival will open with the world premiere of the Steve Carell comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Carell, as Burt Wonderstone, partners with Steve Buscemi, to play superstar Las Vegas magicians whose careers face jeopardy when rival street-magician, Jim Carrey, begins outperforming the duo. Festival goers can catch the film one week before the theatrical release, March 15.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:45 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach

Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.
Nadia F. Romanini ECM records

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:54 am

When he was a boy, Andras Schiff labored over the tedious, repetitive finger studies that are universally loathed by aspiring pianists. He thought they were like spinach: yucky, but good for you if you want to grow up to be big and strong ... on the piano keyboard.

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San Antonio Books
7:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

The Collectors Authority: Comics Get A Little Help

Pete Contero does the books while surrounded by comics and graphic novels.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Many of the book store locations on the West, East, and South Sides of town are of a religious or scholastic tilt, but Collectors Authority stands out as a beacon for comic book collectors.

Part of the reason this local comic book store has been in business for so long on the Southside is its ability to serve a clientele that doesn't really have anything else.

Inspiring reading

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