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
12:59 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Holiday Spirit And Live Music Served Free, Lunch A Little Extra

Organ at First Presbyterian Church downtown
courtesy First Presbyterian Church

If you’re looking to stoke your holiday spirit, these should do it. They're called Midday Noels, and they happen this and next Thursday.

“Midday Noels is a concert series.”

Tom Dooling is Music Director for First Presbyterian Church.

“[It’s] a way to give folks a way to hear short concerts in the middle of their day, especially for folks who are on a lunch break downtown.”

You can walk over to the church at noon and get a great big dose of live Christmas music.

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Arts & Culture
7:41 am
Tue December 9, 2014

A Holiday Tradition Closing In Grand, Final Performance

Voci Di Sorrelle, Ruth Moreland at bottom right
Abby Prescott

A classic vocal ensemble in San Antonio is calling it a day.

“This is the farewell performance for Voci Di Sorrelle, and it’s the twelfth Christmas Concert that we’ve given.”

Ruth Moreland created Voci 11 years ago, but several members’ lives have changed substantially in that time.

“It was just time to say farewell,” she explains.

And they’re saying goodbye in the form of a holiday concert, at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at the University.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Blind Boys Of Alabama Set To Move You At The Tobin Center

Blind Boys of Alabama
Courtesy Blind Boys of Alabama

A soulful music group is coming to the Tobin Center next week. Turns out, they’ve been touring quite a while. “The group went on the road in 1944. June 10, 1944."

That’s a long time!

“Yeah, it’s been about 70 years.”

The band is Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time Grammy Award-winning group. Eric “Ricky” McKinnie plays the drums, and has been singing with them for many a decade, and celebrated four Grammy Awards along the way with them.

“I’ve been working with the Blind Boys for about 40 years.”

They mix up gospel and soulful pop music.  

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Arts & Culture
9:40 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Magic In The Music: Playhouse Set For Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler on the Roof
Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse is staging one of the most loved plays in the history of Broadway. The music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has become imprinted on the American consciousness.

“’Fiddler on the Roof’ is a wonderful story of a man’s journey through the changes of tradition in Russia in his Jewish village back in 1905.”

Lee Cusenbary is directing ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ The story is built around its central character, Tevye, who’s exceptionally traditional, as he sings.

“That I can tell you in one word — Tradition!”

Lee Cusenbary continues.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Christopher Lloyd Ignored His Dad, Then Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Christopher Lloyd, Christine Woods, Avi Lake
DoveNote Films

A movie was quietly filmed in San Antonio last year. I recently spoke about it to one of its principal actors, Christopher Lloyd, known most for his roles in TV’s sitcom ‘Taxi’ and in the ‘Back to the Future’ movies.

“It’s a story about a young man, married, who apparently had a real desire to be a songwriter.”

But like most of us, he didn’t stick it out long enough.

“His wife and his daughter, and his dad, kind of pressure him into giving it another go.”

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Robert Earl Keen Sings 'Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee'

Robert Earl Keen
Darren Carroll Photography

He was Lyle Lovett’s college roommate, but since college, has forged a one-of-a-kind music career. He is Robert Earl Keen, and among his many noteworthy songs, is a particularly strange one.

(To hear Keen and the song, hit Listen above)

When Keen wrote ‘Merry Christmas From the Family’ did he have any idea it was going to explode and become what it’s become?

“No, I really didn’t. I just wrote it to amuse myself. I came from Houston and so I didn’t have a Christmas song. No one ever wrote a Christmas song about Houston.”

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Arts & Culture
12:23 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The King Of Broadway Roars Into San Antonio

Nick Cordileone & Ben Lipitz
Courtesy The Lion King

It’s a Broadway and touring smash hit. Now it’s set for a San Antonio return engagement. I spoke with one of its animal actors.

(To hear the story, hit Listen above)

That haunting call at the start tells you what show this is.

“In 'The ‘Circle of Life,’ the opening number, everyone reports that it’s the most moving 10 minutes on stage.”

Ben Lipitz plays Pumba, that funny Warthog. He says the opening number gives everyone chills.

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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Hills Are Alive With The Sounds Of The Holidays

Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills will soon be filling those hills with music. I  spoke with its Assistant Conductor Gene Dowdy.

“It’s our annual holiday concert and one of the most spectacular parts of this concert is that we feature our Grand Symphony Chorus under the direction of Linda Ables, so we get the chorus and the orchestra together; it just makes for an impressive evening.”

[Hit 'Listen' above to hear a sample of what they will be playing]

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Teens Allowed To Fly In Frankie and Elizabeth Get Their Wings

Frankie & Elizabeth Get Their Wings
Credit : Courtesy Say Sí staff

Say Si’s yearly Christmas theater production is coming up. Victoria Villasenor plays Elizabeth in Frankie and Elizabeth Get Their Wings.

“Our upcoming show, our Christmas show, Frankie and Elizabeth, is a play that we have adapted from It’s A Wonderful Life.”

In the play, Elizabeth’s mother died the previous year, and she’s had a hard time with that.

“And along the way, she meets this angel, her name is Frankie, and she needs to get her wings by helping somebody out, so she decides to help out Elizabeth.”

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Iconic Bar And Eatery Set To Straighten Up

Boehler Building
Courtney King

There is some debate over whether the San Antonio floods of 1921 ensured that this building would never be the same again. But, urban legend or not, a local institution is getting a facelift.  The Boehler House has been saved, but you probably don’t know it as the Boehler House.

“For quite a few years it was the Liberty Bar.”

Preservation Architect Jeffrey Fetzer has been working on the iconic, but very crooked, building, two blocks north of the Pearl on Josephine street.

“The foundation has settled unevenly over time, causing the building to lean.”

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