performing arts http://tpr.org en Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday http://tpr.org/post/comedian-bill-maher-coming-laurie-auditorium-saturday <p>Controversial comedian Bill Maher is performing Saturday, April 12, at the Laurie Auditorium. I caught up with Maher on Wednesday afternoon, and it was a surprising conversation.</p><p>"I could live in a place like San Antonio," Maher said.</p><p>I didn’t expect to hear that from Maher, a confirmed West-Coaster.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:56:50 +0000 Jack Morgan 29837 at http://tpr.org Comedian Bill Maher Coming To Laurie Auditorium This Saturday This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park http://tpr.org/post/weekend-ballet-san-antonio-pirouettes-travis-park <p></p><p>Ballet San Antonio has been taking their dancers out of the halls for public performances recently. I caught up with Ballet San Antonio's President Courtney Barker to find out where they’re headed next, which is downtown’s newly-renovated Travis Park.</p><p>“It looks incredible, they did a beautiful job,” she said about Travis Park.</p><p>I asked Barker where the dancing itself will take place.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:02:27 +0000 Jack Morgan 29415 at http://tpr.org This Weekend, Ballet San Antonio Pirouettes In Travis Park Local Player In The Pit For 'Wicked' At The Majestic http://tpr.org/post/local-player-pit-wicked-majestic <p>You may have seen "Wicked" at the Majestic recently, but did you know that several of the orchestra members are San Antonians? Peter Rubins is one of them and plays French horn with the San Antonio Symphony, but this month he’s one of nine local players also playing with the orchestra for their production of "Wicked."</p><p>"There are a lot of moving parts in a production of this size," Rubins said.</p><p>I asked him if "Wicked" was particularly challenging music.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:10:17 +0000 Jack Morgan 28794 at http://tpr.org Local Player In The Pit For 'Wicked' At The Majestic Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance http://tpr.org/post/ballet-san-antonio-steps-away-barre-and-pop-performance <p>Ballet San Antonio isn’t quite taking it to the streets, but they are close. They're doing what they call a "pop-up" performance.</p><p>“For us a pop-up performance is a spontaneous performance in a non-traditional venue," said Ballet San Antonio's President and Executive Director Courtney Barker.</p><p>They’re holding a near-spontaneous performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radius building on Auditorium Circle downtown.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:42:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 27746 at http://tpr.org Ballet San Antonio Steps Away From The Barre And Into A Pop-Up Performance Symphony Holding Canned-Good Food Drive For March Performances http://tpr.org/post/symphony-holding-canned-good-food-drive-march-performances <p>The San Antonio Symphony is back at it this weekend, but this time around they're doing something a little different.</p><p>“We have our classical concert this weekend on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8,” said new San Antonio Symphony President David Gross.</p><p>There will be a guest player/conductor.</p><p>“Kolja Blacher is our violin soloist, and he is also our guest conductor" said Gross. "And we’re going to be featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven.”</p><p>But this is where the regular symphonic experience takes a slight detour, as he explained.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:09:56 +0000 Jack Morgan 27687 at http://tpr.org Symphony Holding Canned-Good Food Drive For March Performances Broadway's "Wicked" Takes Over The Majestic In March http://tpr.org/post/broadways-wicked-takes-over-majestic-march <p>The touring version of smash Broadway hit "Wicked" is playing the Majestic Theater in March. I caught up with one of its stars, Kathy Fitzgerald, who plays Madame Morrible in the Broadway touring company..</p><p>Her role is a decidedly evil one.</p><p>“Yeah, I’m not nice," Fitzgerald said. "I’m not nice."</p><p>In researching the story I read up on exactly what the play was about. It has got a rather twisted premise: That iconic American film "The Wizard of OZ" didn't do everyone justice.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:56:40 +0000 Jack Morgan 27515 at http://tpr.org Broadway's "Wicked" Takes Over The Majestic In March The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience http://tpr.org/post/aztec-theaters-near-death-experience <p>There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.</p><p>"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:06:34 +0000 Jack Morgan 27456 at http://tpr.org The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience Aztec Theatre Is Reborn With a Little Help From Sam http://tpr.org/post/aztec-theatre-reborn-little-help-sam <p>After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.</p><p>“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.</p><p>"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:40:03 +0000 Jack Morgan 27420 at http://tpr.org Aztec Theatre Is Reborn With a Little Help From Sam The Overtime Providing An Original Local Theater Experience http://tpr.org/post/overtime-providing-original-local-theater-experience <p>San Antonio theater-goers now have a huge variety of venues from which to choose. I spoke to<br />Overtime Theater’s Artistic Director Kyle Gillette, and he differentiates their objective this way.</p><p>“Devoted entirely to original works. And I really focus on choosing work that is both innovative and accessible,” he said.</p><p>There will be no Broadway hits at the Overtime — these are plays written by current playwrights, mostly local. The Overtime is at 1203 Camden Street on the other side of I-35 from Carlos Cortez’s Grotto, in the Museum Reach.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:43:44 +0000 Jack Morgan 27367 at http://tpr.org The Overtime Providing An Original Local Theater Experience Austin Baroque Orchestra Heads To Fredericksburg For 'Haydn Go Seek' http://tpr.org/post/austin-baroque-orchestra-heads-fredericksburg-haydn-go-seek <p>Fredericksburg will soon host a rare music performance. Austin Baroque Orchestra Music Director Billy Traylor described them this way:</p><p>“We’re a period instrument orchestra so we perform music from the 17th and 18th century on replicas of instruments from that time," Traylor said.</p><p>This comes from a time before metal strings and before wind instruments had valves. If you listen to the audio package above, you can hear the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and it is different.&nbsp;</p><p>I asked Traylor about their upcoming concert in Fredericksburg.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:19:52 +0000 Jack Morgan 27339 at http://tpr.org Austin Baroque Orchestra Heads To Fredericksburg For 'Haydn Go Seek'