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9:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Choir's National Tour Stops In San Antonio Friday Night

Rene Clausen and the Concordia Choir
Courtesy of the artist

Concordia Choir travels across 8 states in only three weeks

The Concordia Choir from Concordia College in Minnesota performs in San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (502 East Nueva Street). The concert is part of the choir’s 2013 tour, which includes performances across eight different states: Des Moines, Kansas City, Fort Smith, Houston, Oklahoma City, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis.

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Fallen Officers
8:45 am
Mon February 25, 2013

100 Club Of San Antonio Gets Financial Boost

SAPD Chief William McManus (second from left) joins 100 Club President Richard Miller, Speedy Gonzalez of Red McCombs and San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood in accepting the donation
Joey Palacios TPR

The 100 Club of San Antonio received an undisclosed large donation from car dealer Red McCombs on Friday as part of the company’s Partnership in Education Fund.

The organization provides financial support for the family of fallen law enforcement officers from any jurisdiction in Bexar County.

Director of Operations for Red McCombs Enterprises Speedy Gonzalez said a quarterly contribution will continue through car sales following this initial donation.

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The Alamo
7:05 am
Mon February 25, 2013

'Victory or Death' Letter Back In San Antonio For 13-Day Exhibit

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis, Sheriff William Barret Travis of Denton County in North Texas.
Baron Wiley

The William B. Travis “Victory or Death” letter from the Battle of the Alamo is back in San Antonio. The letter will be on exhibit at the Alamo for 13 days -- the same length of time the fortress was under siege -- and then will be returned to the state archives.

Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, state troopers carried the letter into the Alamo before an audience of hundreds.

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis read a transcript of his uncle’s letter as it was carried past the crowd and into the Alamo shrine.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013): RIP

  The music world suffered a significant loss on Friday, February 22, with the passing of the German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. He was 89. His resume is beyond reproach. He is likely best known in the US through his 10 years as the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra (he succeeded Riccardo Muti and was subsequently succeeded by Christoph Eschenbach). His remarkable career covered more than half a century.

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KPAC Blog
10:08 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

How To Make A Trumpet Player

Chuck Berginc
Phoenix Symphony

Years ago, in the late 1970s, Chuck Berginc joined the San Antonio Symphony as the orchestra's second trumpet. Chuck's career later took him to several years as principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and more recently (if 30 years can be considered recent) principal with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful professional trumpet player? Everyone has their own story, so here is Chuck's, in his own words (and notes).

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World Music
5:28 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Los Brujos en Mexico

Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico. 

CONGRESO DE BRUJOS

Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.

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Texas Matters
4:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Permian Basin On The Upswing While Panhandle Struggles

Ruben and Riene Olivas worry what will happen to their business now that the Cargill Beef plant in Plainview has closed.
Credit Mose Buchele

As Oil Revenue Rises, Cost Of Living Follows

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Community
2:39 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Trinity University Gets A Special Blend

Courtesy Photo

Trinity University is unveiling its first-ever wine release, a custom blend that brings an extra benefit to the school.

Winemaker Adam Lee is a Trinity alumnus now living in California's Sonoma County. He’s back in San Antonio to market his wines from the Siduri Winery to vendors across Central Texas -- and to kick off the wine he made specifically for his alma mater.

Lee said the idea came from a conversation with Trinity’s President, Dennis Ahlburg.

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Education
1:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Save Texas Schools Rally In Austin Saturday

A Save Texas Schools Rally, March 12, 2011
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

On Saturday, thousands of Texas school teachers and supporters of public education are expected to gather at the steps of the Capitol in Austin, and busloads of supporters are coming from San Antonio. The rally is called Save Texas Schools, and the goal is to convince the legislature and Governor Rick Perry to put back the billions of dollars that were cut from the public schools.

San Antonio State Representative Mike Villarreal is one of the rally’s organizers and speakers.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
11:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC

Ludwig's last challenge.
Wikipedia

In the hurly-burly of a Piano competition there are selections that can make or break the chances of a competitor; pieces so difficult or dense that only a master musician can make them work for the audience and more importantly, the judges.

On the Piano this Sunday, we continue with music from the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition where two of the pianists "go big" in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be worthy of the gold medal.

Debussy

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