Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media doing both television and radio.

In his mid 20s he was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations -- from Austin's KLRU, Orlando's WMFE, Burlington's Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent 5 years as director of production where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

At The Heart Of Canyon Lake, A Library For The Senses

With an observatory and a butterfly garden, the Tye Preston Memorial Library is much more than your regular reading room. 

“If you have a garden, and a library, you have everything you need.”

-Cicero, Roman politician and philosopher in ‘The Letters to His Friends’

The ancient Greeks clearly had their priorities right, if you have a garden and a library, you’re doing pretty well, and if you add an observatory into that mix, you’re on a roll.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Igudesman And Joo: In Theater Of The Absurd, Beautifully Blended Music Reigns Supreme

There’s a two-man act coming to San Antonio, an act unlike anything you’ve seen. I was able to track them down by phone in Cincinnati, and I have to admit, it was hilarious. (Editor's note: listening to this story will convey much more than just reading it).

It seemed an easy enough question when I asked it. “Tell me — what is it that you all do.” And yes, there it was, that first little burst of something that indicated this interview would not be quite the norm. “Ha-ha…what is it that we all do?”

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Classical Music
4:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

YOSA, Orchestrating The Sound Of Freedom

Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

They’re called YOSA, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and there’s a concert coming up that has a real sizzle to it. And that concert has a decidedly interesting theme.

“Music about freedom, from different angles.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“We’ve got Aaron Copland’s 'Lincoln Portrait'—this amazing, inspiring piece of music. And then we’ve got Shostokovich’s Fifth Symphony about a composer struggling for his life in the midst of a Totalitarian regime.”

I had to ask Peters how he manifests musically concepts of freedom.

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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

San Antonio Choral Society's 50th Anniversary Party

Concert in Mariahilf, Vienna
Seth Nelson

The San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman is back from Europe, and she’s taken note of a special date.

“This is our 50th Anniversary season, so we’ll be starting off this weekend with a 50th Anniversary Alumni Concert, which will be our chorus, joined by the orchestra and soloists. We’ll be performing the 'Gloria,' from Bach’s Mass in B-Minor. It's such an exceedingly joyous way to celebrate our fiftieth!”

Joyous it is, and very special, and a lot of planning’s gone into this.

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Arts & Culture
7:35 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Azul Barrientos: Music Flows Through Her

Azul Barrientos
Courtesy ZaaZaa Productions

Texas Public Radio’s Jack Morgan explores a beautiful story, of family, folklore and a fascinating legacy

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center features an interesting performer this weekend. It’s Azul Barrientos. Barrientos has a haunting, evocative voice. A voice that seems steeped in culture.

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Alamo Basement Wants To Give Artistic Power Back To The People

Alamo Basement
courtesy John Medina

A new group with a curious name is looking to shake things up a bit on San Antonio’s Art Scene. That curious name is Alamo Basement, and if that phrase rings a bell, it’s not by accident. Think of that San Antonio scene in Pee-wee Herman’s first movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” The late, great Jan Hooks exclaimed to a befuddled Pee-wee, “There’s no basement at the Alamo!”  (hit "Listen" above to hear that scene)

“Yeah, y’ know, it’s kind of a clever name. I’ve always been a fan of ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’.”

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Goes To The Dark Side For "Dracula"

Dracula
Alexander Devora

Ballet San Antonio sinks their collective teeth into a challenging new production--Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula.'  I spoke to Creative Director Gabriel Zertuche.

“It’s a very haunting ballet; it’s very chilling in moments. There are moments where it definitely reaches a dark place, and it’s haunting.”

He says Dracula is like few other ballets that Ballet San Antonio stages.

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Classical Music
12:36 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

The San Antonio Symphony Like You've Never Seen Or Heard Them

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

A couple of upcoming performances by the San Antonio Symphony will put them in a very different light.  First we start with a kind of interstellar light.

“We are going to be presenting 'Star Trek: Into the Darkness' in the Majestic Theater on October 17th and 18th.”

David Gross is the symphony’s CEO, and yes, you heard right. They’re presenting a Star Trek movie.  

“The San Antonio Symphony will be presenting the full orchestral score live” he said.

The movie will play on a big screen minus the music that will be played live by the symphony.

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Arts & Culture
4:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Exhibit And Lecture Series Making Big Impression At The McNay

Paul Gauguin
McNay Museum of Art

The McNay Art Museum’s “Intimate Impressionism” exhibit gets a boost from an impressionism expert. More on that below, but about the exhibit itself--there are nearly seventy paintings of French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, most of them from the National Gallery, on display at the McNay. The paintings don't seem edgy now, but the Impressionists really shook things up at the time in the world of art. 

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Gardening
12:22 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Why Going Native Is the Smartest Thing You Can Do This Fall

Bigtooth Maple
Jack Morgan

As Texas slowly begins its cool-down, many people turn their thoughts toward landscaping in the fall and  winter.  Landscaping is tough work, but there are things you can do to make it easier, and also cheaper. How? Well, you need to go native.   

“Native Plant Week is a week that has been designated to make people more aware of using native plants in their landscape.”

Mary Moses is with Comal County’s Native Plant Society of Texas.

“Using Native Plants makes for a healthier habitat that supports wildlife. Bees…it just makes the earth more healthy.”

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