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12:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Beethoven Gets Payback For His "Raise" With 'A Therese' Sonata

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What a difference there was between Mozart and Beethoven. Where the former was often forced to wear livery and eat with the servants, Beethoven hobnobbed with nobility and taught some of them music and piano.

When he didn't feel he was getting what he deserved, the composer, in 1808, put out the rumor that he was considering a position with a Napoleon brother and would leave for Westphalia.

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Classical Spotlight
11:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

SA Symphony Celebrates Fiesta With Traditional And Baroque Music

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Three concerts span fun Fiesta and Riverwalk themes with Akiko Fujimoto!

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony adds cellos, oboes, and more to mariachi sounds with their annual Fiesta Pops at the Majestic Theatre Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

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SA Housing
9:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Price Of Average Home In San Antonio Continues To Rise

Eileen Pace TPR News

In a report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the average price of a home has increased over the past three years up to $194,000 as of last month.

Angela Shields, president of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, said the number of days a house is on the market is decreasing, another sign that the market is improving for sellers.

"That number is 90 days, so it's taking less time right now to actually sell a home," Shields said.

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The Source - April 17, 2013
6:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Source: Do Students In Texas Take Too Many Standardized Tests?

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In the first segment: 

San Antonio state Rep. Mike Villarreal is the author of a bill being considered to reduce the number of standardized tests. Also joining us is Jim Windham, chairman of Texas Institute for Education Reform.

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Fiesta 2013
4:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

TxDOT Offering Free Cab Rides For Intoxicated Fiesta Goers

Joey Palacios TPR

The Texas Department of Transportation is reviving its Fiesta Safe voucher program this year to offer free cab rides to intoxicated individuals.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus echoed the words of other law enforcement agencies on catching drunk drivers.

"If you drink and drive, you’re going to get caught," McManus said. "It’s just a matter of when. When you do, it’s going to cost you a lot of money and a lot of heartache that you don’t need."

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KPAC Blog
1:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Hot Rod Beethoven Settles In For His 'Appassionata' Sonata

1820 portrait of Beethoven done by Joseph Karl Stieler.

We learn from others, or as Picasso said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." Beethoven took this advice and borrowed from Mozart and Haydn, but quickly progressed.

Where some would borrow a sonata development or structure, Beethoven would take the layout, hacksaw it off and replace it with an invention of his own, or invert something and swap parts around, much like car nuts did in the early days of Hot Rod building.

But the composer's days of modifying others' ideas was over.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:04 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

House Democrats Announce 'Texas Plus' Medicaid Expansion Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR

The House Appropriations Committee was packed - some witnesses having to sit in the aisles of the auditorium - as Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, laid out his plan to accept Medicaid expansion with a few adjustments to satisfy Republicans.

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San Antonians In Boston
11:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

San Antonio Runner Shares Boston Marathon Experience

Boston Athletic Association

San Antonio runner Richard Teitz, who is a longtime TPR member, was among the participants in Monday's Boston Marathon. He’s been running for more than forty years and this would have been his 14th Boston marathon.

Teitz is returning home Tuesday and said he’s going to allow himself extra time at the airport as security has been heightened. Teitz said he was about one-third of a mile from the finish line before the explosions, but couldn’t see it just yet and didn’t hear anything.

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Land Rights
10:04 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Land Battle Tests Usually Friendly Helotes-San Antonio Relationship

Floore's Country Store in Helotes.
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The 2013 land grab is underway between the cities of San Antonio and Helotes. Helotes city leaders are taking on San Antonio with legislation for a few square miles that San Antonio doesn’t want to let go of.

Helotes and residents of the San Antonio Ranch subdivision want the town to scoop up a swath of land that’s in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The City of Helotes is asking for San Antonio to release a 6.7 square mile parcel of land that is outside of San Antonio’s city limits.

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KPAC Blog
6:24 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Violin "a la Francaise" With Maria Bachmann

Trio Solisti
Courtesy of the artist

Maria Bachmann's latest CD, "French Fantasy," featuring pianist Adam Nieman, pays tribute to those lyrical and dramatic French composers  Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, and Cesar Franck, whose sonata she considers the "heart" of her latest album.

Deirdre Saravia spoke with her recently about her career and this latest solo release. 

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