Community Giving
4:11 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Historic Pictures Help Rekindle Fire Department Toy Day Drive Of 1930's

Firefighters from the 1930's held Toy Day to collect presents for the children of San Antonio
San Antonio Light Collection - UTSA Libraries Special Collections

Once upon a time, San Antonio firefighters collected toys for children of the city; they even painted and fixed them. They called their drive Toy Day, and gave children who brought toys free movie tickets.

Researchers at the Institute of Texan Cultures found pictures of Toy Day tucked away in archives, and leaders decided to rekindle the old tradition, but give it a new spin. Now in its second year, history has proven to bring back what once was a thriving act of kindness: providing children with happiness.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
12:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

A Holiday Special, J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Johann Sebastian Bach at 61 years old.
Elias Gottlob Haussmann Wikipedia Commons

Last week, we played Wagner's Parsifal, which is often referred to as an Opera-Oratorio. This week, for the beginning of the holiday season, it's Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion; in its turn, the work is often called a Concertante Opera. If ever there was an oratorio that called out to be dramatized, the St. Matthew Passion is it. While living in New York, I met many scenographers who dreamed of the day they'd have a shot at the cosmic drama. Also termed, "The most monumental musical drama before the Ring," Bach's passion has it all.

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World Music Picks
11:55 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Senegalese Singer/Composer Badu Boye's 'We Can Win'

Laromusic/Shiadoo (label)

Badu Boye was born in Senegal, but is now based in Paris, France. In the 1990's he and his brother, Pape Armand Boye introduced a new sound into the Senegalese music scene. Very different from the electronic mbalax music of the day, the brothers played acoustic guitars. Badu's style today sounds very similar, on his eponymously titled CD, the songs are uplifting and inspirational, albeit with a touch of home sickness. A cello,violin and harmonica sprinkled throughout the album are very attractive additions and add an extra texture to the acoustic sound.

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9:19 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Ten Thankful Classical Songs

Traditional Thanksgiving
Credit Wikipedia

We love Top Ten lists just as much as the next guy, so here goes our Thanksgiving Edition! (click on the title to hear an example!)

#10. Leonard Bernstein: Turkey Trot (Divertimento)

#9. Trad, arr Carmen: Turkey in the Straw

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Animal Shelters
11:34 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Foster Owners Needed to Help San Antonio Achieve 'No Kill' Status

Credit Eileen Pace

Thirty percent of the rescued animals in San Antonio have health issues or injuries. Because of this, medical fosters are a growing need on the road to San Antonio’s “No-Kill” objective.

At the City’s Animal Care Services facility that are used by San Antonio Pets Alive! to pull dogs off the kill list, Lynn Walker points to a dozen or so kennels. 

"Every dog you see here has been on the euthanasia list," she says.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
3:05 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Texas Public Radio Thanks Dan Skinner for Six Years of Service

After six years of leading the organization, Texas Public Radio's President and General Manager Dan Skinner issued his resignation to the TPR Board of Directors effective November 9, 2012.

During his tenure, Skinner was instrumental in leading TPR’s strategic direction.  Under his stewardship, TPR saw dramatic growth in audience and services, particularly the expansion of local news coverage and the development of an award-winning newsroom.

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2:51 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Grant Awarded to Community Colleges Will Train Students for Eagle Ford Shale Work

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes, left holding check, with members of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium
Dan Melgoza

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded $1.3 million to the Alamo, Coastal Bend, Laredo, South Texas Junior and Victoria Colleges to train and educate workers for the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom.

"It's going to train up to 800 individuals to go to work very quickly and be able to make a living wage and be able to make a living wage and support their families and help improve the Texas economy,” said THECB Commissioner Raymund Paredes.

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TPR Cinema
1:57 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Interview: Author J.B. Kaufman on "The Fairest One of All"

Weldon Owen (publisher)

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” may not have been the first animated film, but as author and film historian J.B. Kaufman points out, Walt Disney “completely redefined the concept of what an animated feature could be” with his 1937 film, celebrating 75 years this December.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Musica Antiqua Live, Sunday 11/25

San Antonio's two period-instrument early music ensembles will join forces to present a concert that traces the evolution of musical styles from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Ensemble Cazona performs on copies of Renaissance-era recorders. Retablo will perform music of the 18th century using Baroque recorder and traverso with viola da gamba, harpsichord, and theorbo. This concert will take place at 3:00 on Sunday, November 25, in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word on the campus of Incarnate Word University located at 4301 Broadway. This event is free and open to the public.

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Classical Spotlight
11:07 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Queen Of Dramatic Roles: Joyce DiDonato Is Simply Regal In Latest Release

Drama Queens, now out on EMI/Virgin Classics
Courtesy of EMI

Beloved and rarities abound on Drama Queens

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