Arts & Culture

Deceptive Cadence
11:43 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pianist Gabriela Montero's Election Improv

Gabriela Montero takes ideas from audience members to create on the spot improvisations.
Colin Bell

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:36 am

Few classical musicians these days are serious improvisers — aside from organists and early-music practitioners. But pianist Gabriela Montero is absolutely fearless when it comes to creating a new piece, right out of the air, right on the spot. At her concerts she takes requests from audience members. They can suggest a song for her to improvise on, or simply a topic of interest.

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Classical Spotlight
5:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Air Force Band Joins San Antonio Symphony to Honor Veterans

Gateway Brass at TPR
Chris Eudaily

Second year for band and symphony to collaborate!

This Veteran's Day, music from Leonard Bernstein, John Phillip Sousa, and George Gershwin will fill the Majestic Theatre as the San Antonio Symphony is joined by the US Air Force's Band of the West.

"We'll use some of their players, they'll use some of our players, and we will all join together for Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!" said Captain Mike Hoerber, adding that it is a great way to continue the mission of the band.

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Performing Arts
2:32 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Tobin Center Preview: Performing Arts Building Two Years From Completion

A side view of the Tobin Center shows a large peice of the Municipal Auditorium facade has been left intact.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is being marketed as the home for San Antonio’s artistic community. What was once Municipal Auditorium is now just a shell as the rest of the theater is re-built from the ground up.

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KPAC Blog
10:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Crazy Love, Massenet’s Thais

Credit Wikipedia Commons

If ever the term ‘opposites attract’ were applied to an opera, it should applied to Jules Massenet’s Thais. Two of the unlikeliest of characters will carry on an extended, obsessive and sublimated non-affair affair. It will inspire some of the composer’s most popular music, the Meditation for violin and orchestra, though the work as a whole has never quite become part of the repertory. It falls between two of his most well known works Werther and Cendrillion.

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Fiesta 2013
7:39 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fiesta 2013 Poster 'Celebrates Culture, History and Spirit' of Event

The official 2013 poster, "Bridging the Traditions and Cultures of Fiesta," by artist Stuart Seal
Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

It's only November, but Fiesta is already kicking off. On Thursday, leaders with the Fiesta Commission unveiled the official 2013 Fiesta poster by artist Stuart Seal.

Seal's work, "Bridging the Traditions and Cultures of Fiesta," will represent the celebration and marks the start of the season to Fiesta.

"The poster represents our heritage signified by the Rose Window of Mission San Jose which frames Fiesta," said Seal.

The water color, colored-pencil work is reflective of the spark, energy and icons of San Antonio, said Seal.

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Classical Spotlight
2:49 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Legendary Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman in Residence With YOSA

Richard Stoltzman, courtesy of YOSA

Richard Stoltzman is a legendary musician, winning Grammy Awards, playing chamber music, new music and concerti around the world. He's also famous for his jazz, playing with greats like Woody Herman, Mel Torme, and Chick Corea. This weekend, Stoltzman will share his artistry with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio Debuts Friday to Sold Out Crowd

Carlos Izcaray
COSA

After a journey of five years, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio makes their first concert appearance at Pearl Stables.

Conductor Carlos Izcaray will lead works by Mozart, Wagner, Monteverdi, Varese, J.C. Bach and Ives. The program is called "The Perennial Contest."

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KPAC Blog
11:52 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Orquesta Tipica Sexteto de Diez

James Baker

It would be well beyond facts to make the claim that every comedian is also inherently musical. However, I expect the exceptions would be a meager number when compared to those comedians who are, or in the case of comedians of yesterday, were endowed with significant musical abilities. Consider Steve Martin, today as much musician/banjo player as comedian. Even the recently departed Phyllis Diller played piano, apparently well enough in her younger years to consider a career in music. And what about Charlie Chaplin, who wrote music for his films?

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1:24 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Composers Write Music - And Words Too!

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Did you hear Paul Moravec's new work this weekend at the San Antonio International Piano Competition? Composers communicate to us with music, but they also write words sometimes as well. Composer Jennifer Jolley writes a great blog about music - check it out!
I recently had to ask myself the question of "why study composition?" to convince future liberal arts students (and especially their parents) that they should study music composition.
Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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