Arts & Culture

Classical Spotlight
3:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

SA Mastersingers Revisit Sing For The Cure: Benefit For Breast Cancer Research This Sunday

John Silantien in the TPR Studios.
John Clare Texas Public Radio

It has been three years since the San Antonio Mastersingers performed Sing for the Cure, a work created by Pamela Martin and Brant Adams. Director John Silantien says "every time you look at it [Sing for the Cure], you can see something different, and it touches everybody! I mean it is just so powerful in its reach, and this topic of breast cancer, it seems like it is in everyone's life."

Donations are being accepted by the choral group, as well as "pink notes" that will be displayed at the concert.

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KPAC Blog
4:58 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Movie/Music Review: Soundtrack For New Bond Movie 'Skyfall' Soars

Composer Thomas Newman
Credit Simon Fernandez/Wikipedia

This weekend, the latest James Bond film opened and earned over 87 million dollars. Thomas Newman  is the ninth composer in the James Bond series' history, and his score for "Skyfall" is masterful. He has worked with director Sam Mendes as composer before, with "American Beauty" and "Jarhead."

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Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

John Williams' Inevitable Themes

Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.
Stu Rosner

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 9:52 am

For more than 50 years, John Williams' music has taken us to galaxies far, far away through adventures here on earth, made us feel giddy joy and occasionally scared us to death.

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San Antonio Radio Theater
6:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Theatre Group Performs "It's a Wonderful Life" Live And On The Radio

The cast of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Classic Theatre of San Antonio

Radio has evolved over the last 90 years since it's golden age of bringing live drama, music, and news . With Television, radio dramas have all-but died out, but beginning this weekend, a local theater troop is bringing back the radio drama for a live performance of "It’s a Wonderful Life."

In the 1940’s, families listened radio dramas and gathered around at home before television; that’s all there was except for movies. Live audiences would fill theatres like a sitcom, sound effects would be improvised, and the actors had only their voices to create their characters.

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3:46 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Goodbye Emerson! Hello Music!

Lead in text: 
They are a staple on air, and perhaps in your record collection. My first SACMS concert brought the Emerson Quartet here in San Antonio, and I was invited to have dinner with them. We had just met up in Harrisburg where I had left that spring, and they had played. Now, cellist David Finckel has left the quartet and is writing about it. Do you have a great Emerson story or musical memory?
Having announced that I would be vacating my chair as cellist of the Emerson String Quartet I had sailed through the rest of the densely-packed 2011-12 winter season, putting off for a future date the heavy thinking that I knew would come into play as my final year of concerts approached.
KPAC blog: The Piano
10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

When Beethoven Became The Man: A New World Of Sound And Fury With The Opus 10

listal.com

Arrogant, willful and brusque, not paying attention to how he dressed or even to combing his hair, Ludwig van Beethoven wasn't a man cut out for high society. Luckily in Vienna, the upper crust loved and understood music, and with that introduction, Beethoven was exactly in the right place.

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Vincent Valdez Exhibit
9:33 am
Fri November 9, 2012

America's Finest Exhibit At Center Of Veteran's Day Program At The McNay Art Museum

One of the many pieces depicting the harsh realitites of the armed services by Vincent Valdez.
Paul Flahive Texas Public Radio

This weekend, the McNay Art Museum hosts  special programming for Veteran's day with free admission for veterans from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The programs highlight their ongoing exhibit, America's Finest, by San Antonio native, Vincent Valdez.

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Classical Spotlight
3:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Band Of Brahms: Heart Of Texas Concert Band Plays Symphonic Masterpiece

Conductor Mark Rogers
Heart of Texas Concert Band

Mark Rogers finds masterworks for Wind Ensemble:

The idea of a symphony for band isn't new, but hearing Brahms' First Symphony for wind ensemble might confuse you at first. Mark assures us that we will like it, and that the arrangement fits.

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Classical Spotlight
2:35 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Harlandale Youth Shine In Choir - Project: Sing! Presents Fall Concert

Children's Chorus of San Antonio.
CCSA

Project: Sing! is the Children's Chorus of San Antonio's community outreach program serving elementary children in grades 3 through 6 in the Harlandale, San Antonio and Edgewood school districts and area private schools. Participating students who do not have the opportunity or access to CCSA’s core programs join together weekly in their own neighborhood for one or two condensed semesters of singing, learning, and sharing taught by their staff.

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Classical Spotlight
2:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Songs To The Virgin With Copperleaf Quintet: Choral Chamber Music At The San Antonio Museum of Art

Ruth Moreland.
Benissimo Music

Ruth Moreland loves pairing music with art. "There is something about singing in a space and having this art right there. Nothing better for the performers or the audience!" she says.

The Copperleaf Quintet, which Moreland founded and sings in, will set the galleries alive with songs about the Madonna.  San Antonio Museum of Art hosts Copperleaf in the Spanish Colonial Gallery for a concert of Renaissance vocal music reflecting the art in SAMA's current "Rostros de Maria" exhibit. 

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