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11:15 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Beethoven's Ultimate Piano Sonata, No. 32 in c minor

Luckily Beethoven could read his writing!

Ultimate, a word that originally meant last in Latin has become a description of finest or best in English
or ne plus ultra in French. It can be argued that Beethoven's last or ultimate sonata fits both definitions.

Coming near the end of a life of breaking barriers and exercising his considerable will, the composer's last
sonatas are artistic works that have earned their immortality.

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World Music
11:40 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Rockets For Easter, Snakes In Italy

The village of Cocullo in Abruzzo, Italy.
Ra Boe Wikimedia Commons

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, rockets blaze for the risen Christ in Greece, and Indiana Jones would never want to find himself in Abruzzo next week. Snakes!  

LA FESTA DEI SERPARI

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Fronteras Desk
10:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Immigration Reform Leaders Tackle Border Security

Veterans for Peace demonstrate against using drones for domestic surveillance August 2012.
Fronteras

Fronteras: Before any immigration reform can happen, Homeland Security needs to prove the border is secure. Some border residents say that's just a numbers game. We also take a critical look at border drones and how proposed immigration reform is giving new hope for family reunions in Mexico. Also,the professional sports teams in Phoenix are trying to cultivate new fans across the border.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

At State Capitol, Lawmakers Memorialize Those Who Died In West Fertilizer Explosion

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The senator representing the town of West shared his first-hand account of the damages related to the fertilizer plant explosion and memorializes those who died during the fire.

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Fiesta 2013
4:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cornyation: Fiesta's Lewd, Crude And Rude Celebration Of The Offbeat

The Court of Pies, Fries and Thunderthighs
Joey Palacios TPR

For three days the traditional Fiesta is turned upside down as an event known as Cornyation rips apart political correctness and turns it into a stage act dramatizing current events.

Cornyation may be lewd, but the party with the purpose is left intact, the spoof on the Fiesta Coronation takes place April 23-25 at the Empire Theater.

This year there are about 12 Cornyation skits, and each one pokes fun at something different: Childhood obesity, the nearly retired Twinkie, Gov. Rick Perry and sonograms, the NRA, a pensioned Pope, and even Manti Te'o.

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Classical Spotlight
2:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

'Blue Shades' And More From Composer Ticheli At TLU

Composer/Conductor Frank Ticheli
Charlie Grosso

Friday night marks the return of Frank Ticheli to Texas. He grew up near Dallas playing trumpet, studied composition at SMU and Michigan, and taught at Trinity University for several years.

Currently a USC professor, Ticheli will lead seven of his works with members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at Texas Lutheran University.

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KPAC Blog:
2:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The Last Sonatas, Beethoven And Composing For The Ages

Rembrandt's depiction of the crucifixion, The Three Crosses.

It is scary to realize that some of our planet's great art is there for what at the time was an accidental circumstance.

In 1819 Moritz Schlesinger, a music publisher, met with Beethoven and bargained for 60 songs and 3 piano sonatas. These were his last three piano sonatas - the pinnacle of his Late period - and took longer because of illness and other work.

Because of these circumstances there was talk of dropping the sonatas from the contract. The Piano Sonata No. 31 was finished Christmas Day 1821.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
1:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

'Giulio Cesare' And The Return Of George Frederick Handel

Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

If you're older than thirty you may know something of the unlikely and extremely rare probability of a baroque opera being performed at the Metropolitan Opera. This was sometime in the late eighties, but in musical terms seems a lifetime ago.

To quote Inspector Morse, the opera loving sleuth, "I was horrified to discover that the tickets I had received for Wagner were in fact for Handel!"

I can think of no opera composer of the first rank who has undergone so radical a transformation of fortune as Handel.

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Air Pollution
12:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Particle Air Pollution Down, But Smog Is Up In San Antonio

San Antonio traffic.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 Report released Wednesday finds Bexar County has joined a nationwide trend of improved overall air quality.

However, San Antonio has an ongoing problem with ozone.

Susanna Fuchs, senior director of environmental health for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region, said the general trend is toward less pollution across cities in the U.S.

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Texas Legislature
10:33 am
Thu April 25, 2013

$17.5 Million Grant On The Line If Texas Passes Texting Ban

Senate Committee on Transportation hearing for the texting bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR

 The Senate Committee on Transportation heard emotional testimony Wednesday about the horrors of texting while driving as the state legislature is thinking about federal grant possibilities. 

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