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
3:42 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Texas To New Delhi, Via Iceland

Delhi Portal # 2, Bill FitzGibbons
Bill Fitzgibbons

A new exhibition is opening next month in a national gallery that will feature Texas artists. It’s where that national gallery is that makes this story so fascinating. We spoke to San Antonio artist Bill Fitzgibbons to get the story.

“The National Academy of Art is going to be showing the exhibition called ‘Texas!’  And it opens on Jan. 24.”

And this is in New Delhi, India?

“It’s in New Delhi.”

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Arts & Culture
7:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

San Antonio Museum of Art: Picasso Like You've Never Seen Him

RBF Picasso Three Musicians 20156
Copyright 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

You expect to see Picassos in an art museum, but I found 14 of them at the San Antonio Museum of Art, quite un-like what you’d expect.

“Some of Picasso’s most iconic paintings translated into a totally different media; the historic technique of tapestries.”

That’s SAMA’s Chief Curator, William Keyes Rudolph. With Picasso’s permission, in the 1950s, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller commissioned these tapestries to be woven.

"Rockefeller was a great lover of modern art, particularly Picasso.”

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

"Mujeres Mercado" Women's Market, A New Event Created From Tradition

Valerie Fernandez, performer
Monica Velasquez

If you’ve not done with all your holiday shopping, here’s a suggestion that might wrap up your shopping, and give you a fun night out at the same time. Drop by the Mujeres Mercado — that’s ‘Women’s Market’ in Spanish. Here's the Mujeres Mercado co-founder, Christina Martinez.

“We have about close to 200 women in our network right now that are all handmade artisans, traditional healers, performers. And we just create events.”

It’s commerce, food, music, entertainment, all in one place?

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

From Music To Literature, A Road Less Traveled For This Author

Author Walker Smith
David Williams

A Houston author who went to high school in San Antonio returns to the Alamo City for a bookstore visit.

“I am Walker Smith; I write historical novels.”

Smith has a fascinating backstory.

“My mother was a sort of beatnik type — a very literary beatnik type, [who] listened to classical and jazz. My father was a jazz musician. He was a drummer.”

They didn’t have money, but they used their library card a lot. And she could tell she had a literary bent of mind.

“It was either going to be music or it was going to be literature, so it ended up being both.”

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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Enjoy Holiday Pops With A Dash Of Mariachi Style

Akiko Fujimoto
Liz Garza Williams

They will be packing the Tobin this weekend for one of the Alamo City’s standout holiday events. It's the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert.

“It’s going to be a big weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto details the event.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Singular San Antonio, Where ‘Blowing It’ Makes For Festive Fun

Tubameister Christmas at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

This has to be one of San Antonio’s most distinctive holiday events. It’s one where people come from far and wide to blow their horn. Literally. And you can hear the difference from the very first notes.

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“I think most of us who play the tuba enjoy what we do and are perfectly happy playing a supportive role most of the time.”

Meet Ray Grim, with the Tubameisters. Once a year, Tuba and Euphonium players converge and take over the stage.

“It’s become a community event. We actually have people come in from out of town to attend the concert.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

King William To Ring In The Season With Brassy Concert

San Antonio Brass at Villa Finale
Orlando Cortinas

It’s a combination of a fascinating setting and a unique concert. That fascinating setting is called Villa Finale.

“Villa Finale is the only National Historic Trust Site in Texas.”

Meet Villa Finale’s Sylvia Gonzalez.

“It’s located in the King William National Historic District, and was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, who is credited with being the catalyst for revitalization of the King William Historic neighborhood.”

You’ve got a really interesting concert coming along on Thursday; tell us about that.

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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tobin Takes YOSApalooza To The River Walk

Troy Peters
Jack Morgan

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have an interesting performance scheduled for Sunday, and it’s got a heck of a name.

“YOSAPalooza is a concert with more than 400 musicians.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“All of the different levels of the YOSA experience, share in one concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.”

I also spoke to YOSA member Victoria Acuna.

“I play violin. I’m in the YOSA Philharmonic; I’m in my third year.”

When you think back on those three years with YOSA — do you have a favorite experience?

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Arts & Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hill Country Youth Orchestras Setting The Tone In Kerrville

Hill Country Youth Orchestras
Matt Evans

They're about to make some great holiday music, but it’s a group of decidedly younger musicians than most. They’re the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and their Executive Director is Matt Evans.

“We have about a 142 kids this year. And the coolest thing about all that is that all the kids attend and participate free of any registration cost.”

Evans said the nonprofit raises all costs through grants and community donors.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sleigh Bells Will Be Ringing In Seguin's Holiday Concert

David Mairs
Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

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