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12:16 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Adolph Herseth, Master Trumpeter, Dead at 91

Adolph Herseth
Wikimedia Commons

The hearts of all who love and care for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are weeping today with the announcement of the passing of trumpeter Adolph Herseth. For over a half century (1948-2004), he was the principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Along with tubist Arnold Jacobs, Herseth and his brass playing colleagues evolved into the most powerful and accomplished orchestral brass section in the world. This is no exaggeration!

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Arts & Culture
7:58 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

RIP Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013)
Credit simple.wikipedia.com

I remember as yesterday my first substantial introduction to the art of Colin Davis. The cycle of Sibelius Symphonies he recorded with the Boston Symphony Orchestra was outstanding, enhanced further by the art work, drawn from the paintings of Edvard Munch. The music world reacted much as I had, declaring Sir Colin an authoritative interpreter of Sibelius. He came back to the cycle at least twice afterwards, making studio recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and then a cycle of concert recordings with the LSO.

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World Music
9:05 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Angola Prison Rodeo

Angola Prison Rodeo, 2009.
Frank McMains www.frankmcmains.com

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, learn about the original gated community. 

ANGOLA PRISON RODEO

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San Antonio Independent School District
11:24 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SAISD Superintendent Candidate Withdraws from Consideration

Dr. Manuel Isquierdo withdrew his name from consideration for superintendent after being the lone candidate for the job Monday.
SAISD

Days after the San Antonio Independent School District named a candidate for the district's top job, Dr. Manuel Isquierdo withdrew his name from consideration.

Monday, the SAISD School Board voted to name Isquierdo the "lone finalist" for the position.

SAISD School Board President Ed Garza announced the move Friday afternoon, saying Isquierdo felt the decision was in the best interest of all parties involved.

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SAISD Superintendent Search
5:35 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SAISD Superintendent Finalist Explains Financial Record, DL Suspension

The lone finalist for the superintendent position at San Antonio Independent School District is under fire for his previous record, which includes a tax lien, a suspended license and charging money to a district credit card.

Manuel Isquierdo does not come to SAISD with a clean financial record, but he did have explanations for each of his accusations.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

$6 Billion Of Rainy Day Fund Marked For Water And Roads - Education Left Off

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Committee on Finance gave their approval for tapping into the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund to pay for future water and transportation needs.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that doesn’t include any of the money going to education.

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Digital Library
3:58 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Construction Begins On Digital 'BiblioTech' Library For Fall Opening

The wall of the precinct one satellite officess were torn out to make an entrance for the BiblioTech
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

BiblioTech, the nation’s first bookless public library, is now in the construction phase after Bexar County began demolition on walls in the Precinct 1 satellite office this morning.

Come this fall the county will open BiblioTech on Pleasanton Road with more than 10,000 electronic titles that can be downloaded to e-readers or tablets.

Commissioner Chico Rodriguez said BiblioTech is not taking anything away from the city’s current library system.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:33 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Video: The Most Famous Horse Ride In All Music In Wagner's 'Die Walkure'

Deborah Voigt and ensemble as Brünnhilde and the Valkyries.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

The Norse god Wotan - like his counterparts in the south, Zeus and Jupiter - got around as they say. He wasn't named "all-father" for nothing. The second opera of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle is about three of his offspring.

First, the legitimate daughter Brünnhilde, who is a Valkyrie -a collector of the heroic dead slain in battle - and after whom this opera is named. Then there are the twins Siegmund and Sieglende, their mother is Erda - mother earth.

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San Antonio Tourism
2:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Aging Alamodome Hopes To Attract More Events With WiFi Access

Flickr user Mike McBride cc

City council has approved a contract for WiFi to be installed at the Alamodome. Initially the city will spend $1.4 million from the Hotel Occupancy Tax to fund the project, but then the city says it will actually get money back from the events it attracts from out of state.

According to the city’s supporting documents from the April 11 City Council A session, the Texas Events Trust Fund legislation allows cities and counties to be reimbursed for expenses that attract high-tax impact events to Texas.

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Texas Legislature - Education
1:41 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Senate Passes Charter School Bill With Bipartisan Effort

Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, got another win for open-enrollment charters schools and vouchers on Thursday as the bill, which would raise the number of charter schools to 215 by 2014, got little to no opposition, and even got some help from across the aisle.

The bill also calls for that number to be raised to 331 by 2019.

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