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11:47 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Final Fiesta Event Is Classical Concert At St. Mark's Episcopal

The organ at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Courtesy of the artist

Music from St. Mark’s presents their annual Fiesta celebration this Sunday at 4 p.m. It showcases the music of Francis Poulenc, including the "Concerto for Organ in G minor" and his grand choral symphony "Gloria."

Members of the San Antonio Symphony will augment musicians of the St. Mark’s Choir and featured soloist Joseph Causby.

Causby is the music director and conductor at St. Marks. He chuckles at the question: Is being a soloist and then conductor like juggling?

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KPAC Blog
11:46 am
Wed April 24, 2013

What Was Old Is New Again With Beethoven's Sonata No. 30

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After his mighty "Hammerklavier Sonata," Ludwig van Beethoven continued with writing sonatas, but on a smaller and more intimate scale.

The "Sonata No. 30 in E" is a rare combination of nostalgia, youthful vigor and an antiquarian's love of baroque musical forms.

In the first movement, the music swims out of the void into being and the composer weaves passages that simultaneously project them forward and fall back into reminiscence.

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The Source - April 24, 2013
11:11 am
Wed April 24, 2013

The Source: The Gold Bubble

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In the first segment:

The promise of gold's safety lured many in uncertain economic times and the price, which was often stable, shot up over the past decade to unprecedented levels. Doomsayers predicting the collapse of the U.S. and world financial systems all bet on gold.

As the housing sector continues to rebound and the national spending begins to shrink, the price of gold has fallen more than 25 percent with analysts predicting it will continue to fall, perhaps even touching the $1,000 per ounce level.  

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Mental Health
11:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Mental Health Court Celebrates Five Years Of Changing Lives

Bexar County Courthouse
Ryan Loyd TPR News

On Tuesday Bexar County Commissioners celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the Mental Health Court.

In 2008, the program began diverting non-violent, mentally ill offenders from jail, and instead entered them into a structured treatment program and case management to stop the cycle of arrest-release-arrest that many offenders get caught in.

Judge Michael Mery, who founded the court, said people who are  now recovering from drug abuse or mental illness often tell him how the court changed their lives:

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Texas Legislature - Lottery
10:14 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Rollercoaster Ride For The Texas Lottery Commission

Texas Lottery Commission

House Bill 2197, which is authored by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, was set to continue the funding for the Texas Lottery Commission for the next 12 years.

However, the bill was initially defeated, a move that Anchia said took him by surprise:

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New Braunfels
9:12 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Braunfels City Council Passes First Pedicab Vote

Pedicabs could start to be a regular sight around New Braunfels.
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According to a city ordinance read into the record Monday night, three-wheeled pedicabs would be allowed to take pedestrians around downtown area.

New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil said there are already business people hoping to start running pedicabs as soon as possible.

"I think it will just be a nice added amenity and particularly since it does cover the historic downtown area where we have a lot of historic buildings and things. I think it will certainly be a nice attraction," Pospisil said.

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KPAC Blog
4:27 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

One Of Beethoven's Greatest Testaments, The 'Hammerklavier Sonata'

1820 portrait of Beethoven done by Joseph Karl Stieler, color by Greg Firlotte

My piano teacher told me about the story of Ludwig van Beethoven's creation of his biggest Piano Sonata the "Hammerklavier."

It goes back to John Broadwood sending him his best and biggest piano, and Beethoven's reply was this groundbreaking work. When I looked up to confirm what I was told, I found out the story was even more amazing.

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City Council Elections
3:38 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Former Chan Staffer Salinas Challenging Her For District 9 Seat

District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan talks about the police department's helicopter unit and community safety at Stinson Airfield, Sept. 2012
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's District 9, which covers the city's North and Far North sides, has two candidates for city council. One of them is the incumbent for the seat, Elisa Chan, and the other is Chan’s former campaign worker and chief of constituency, Jason Salinas.

Chan would like to see a third term, but Salinas said he wanted to give voters an option, so he signed up for the race on the day of the deadline.

"Democracy works best when voters are given legitimate choices, and when citizens are heard and are properly represented," Salinas said.

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Texas Legislature
2:30 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

LCRA Oversight Bill Expected To Die In Committee

Lower Colorado River Authority

A bill that would bring the Lower Colorado River Authority under the review of the Sunset Commission causes sparks to fly in a House committee.

The bill also would allow the district served by the LCRA to elect the members of the quasi-governmental board rather than all 15 being appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. 

The bill’s author, Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said her second bill addresses the review of the LCRA and its activities by the Sunset Commission.

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Fiesta 2013
12:35 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

A Celebration Of Local Cultures, NIOSA Kicks Off Tonight

NIOSA 2011.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The San Antonio Conservation Society is hard at work putting together the final touches in La Villita for Night in Old San Antonio, a tradition dating back nearly 100 years.

"We started back in the 1920’s when the city wanted to do an Indian festival, and so we stepped forward and put on a very short one night festival for that," said NIOSA treasurer Barb Machado. "Then it grew and they tried a couple of things along the banks of the Riverwalk and then after that they decided to turn it into this."

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