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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Record Number Of Pipe Organists In 42nd Hall Pipe Organ Competition

Organist David Heller
Courtesy of the artist

The William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition turns 42

Saturday, March 2, undergraduate and graduate organists will compete for the 42nd annual Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio. This year there are a record number of entrants, something unusual for the competition, since sometimes they are unsure of whether or not they will get the minimum of five competitors!

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Military Working Dogs
8:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Military Dogs Showing Signs Of PTSD From Combat Deployments

Soldier dog Lex alongside his handler. The pair were featured on an Animal Planet special focusing on military working dogs.
DoD Military Working Dog Breeding Program Facebook Page

America’s wars have long taken their toll on the people who fight them, and the recent attention to post-traumatic stress disorder has helped improve treatment for those who suffer; however, nightly newscasts and newspaper headlines never mention the military working dogs who are also changed by the combat zone.

"Ultimately we want these dogs to become military working dogs and go down range and save lives,” said Tech. Sgt. Joe Null, who fosters canine companions for the first few months of their lives to socialize them.

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The Alamo
4:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Travis' 'Victory or Death' Letter Returns To The Alamo On Friday

The famous 'Victory or Death' letter written by Travis before the final battle of the Alamo only made it as far as Gonzalez.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The famous Victory or Death Letter written by William B. Travis during the fall of the Alamo will be returned to the shrine here in San Antonio on Friday.

Travis wrote the letter on Feb. 24, 1836 as a plea for help when the Alamo’s defenders were surrounded by several thousand Mexican troops; it's now been 177 years.

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KPAC Blog
4:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Oscar 2012: Best Original Score

Decca Records

This year marks a special anniversary for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as they celebrate their 85th year with their annual awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24.  Oscars will be awarded in 24 categories, and after downplaying the role of music in films last year, producers have promised a renewed interest in music, song, and musicals.  The telecast will include a tribute to musicals of the past decade, featuring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe. Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Barbara Streisand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones have also been tapped to appear.

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International Business
3:30 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Castro Meets Mexico's President Peña Nieto To Talk Trade/Immigration

Wikipedia Commons

Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform. 

Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.

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Fronteras Desk
1:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want Inclusion In Immigration Reform

William Wood and Jesus Rodriguez married recently with the hope that a change in federal law will allow Wood, a U.S. citizen, to petition for legal residency for Rodriguez, who is undocumented.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

 

Fronteras: Gay and lesbian activists are fighting to be included as U.S. immigration reform takes shape. The new Somali president has called for Somali refugees in the U.S. to return to their homeland and help rebuild the nation. Will young Somalis heed his call? We look at a new university housing model in New Mexico for student veterans. Also, we get the scoop on this year's CineFestival, which spotlights Latino films in San Antonio.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:54 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Freedom-Loving Women And Madmen In Bizet’s 'Carmen'

Anita Rachvelishvili features as Carmen in Bizet's classic.
Metropolitan Opera

I couldn’t have timed better the decision to replay my all time favorite Masterpiece Theatre Classic, "The Forsyte Saga," than the week the Metropolitan would broadcast its "Carmen." I had never really considered the fact that the two works and their heroine’s were so close; more sisters than cousins.

The similarities are striking

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Classical Spotlight
9:54 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Copperleaf Quintet Reflects With Lenten Music

Conductor and Founder Ruth Moreland
John Clare TPR Arts

San Antonio's vocal chamber group the Copperleaf Quintet, has an afternoon of music for Lent planned this weekend. On the program are works by Francisco Guerrero and Tomas Luis de Victoria.

"His [de Victoria's] lines are just so exquisite, and when they are so exposed by just having one person on a part singing them, it's just a wonderful thing to hear!" said Ruth Moreland, the director and soprano for the group.

MISERERE: Reflections for Lent

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
4:59 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

TMEA: Musical Innovation and Tradition

Jerry Junkin, Artistic Director Dallas Wind Symphony
artandseek.org

  “We try to give them examples of good practice, inspirational players, and good modeling.” Mark Burke, speaking of the intention behind Charanga Music World, a cloud-based learning tool for young musicians.

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Solar Power
4:54 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Korean Energy Company To Bring 400 Jobs To Brooks City-Base

Artist's rendering of new Nexolon solar panel plant.
Courtesy Nexolon

The Korean energy company Nexolon has chosen San Antonio as its headquarters in the U.S., and promised Wednesday to bring 400 high-paying jobs to the area.

Nexolon America broke ground on a new 240,000 square foot facility at Brooks City-Base to manufacture solar panels for sale in North and South America.  

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