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
10:49 am
Fri May 30, 2014

How A Battle In Kendall County Changed The American West

A pivotal historic event happened about 40 miles north of San Antonio, and odds are you’ve never heard of it. It’s called the Battle of Walker’s Creek. Historian and author Sam Gwynne (he writes as S.C. Gwynne) describes it this way.

"It was a major change in the way that Indian warfare was conducted," Gwynne said. "And the story behind it is one of the great stories of the American West."

As he details, that story centers around Texas Ranger Jack Hays.

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Take The Stage At The Pioneer Museum In Fredericksburg

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis love TPR!
Carin Lamontagne TPR

Real life husband and wife singers Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis separately have very distinguished music careers. But now they’ve created an additional noteworthy body of work together.

“We just got a new record we’re putting out, it’s our second record together. And so we’ll be doing a lot of material from our brand new record,” Willis said.

Where they’ll be doing it is at Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum on Saturday night, May 31, as part of the venue's roots music series.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art

Carmen Tafolla.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.

Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Texas Children's Choir Heads To France For D-Day Commemoration

Texas Children's Choir.
Trish Neil

The Texas Children’s Choir has a series of performances coming up. Those performances aren't so much the news — it’s where those performances are that make them a big deal.

"Normandy, France, and Paris," said Thomas Hardaway, who founded the 52-voice choir based in San Antonio. Hardaway said he is taking them to France for a reason:

“The commemoration of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France," he said.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Step Afrika Bring Their "Highly Energetic" Dance Form To The Carver

You may not have heard of the dance form called “stepping,” but don't feel bad. I didn't! Here's a description:

"A lot of people describe it as highly energetic and powerful movement. And rhythmic chants often accompany the steps as well. It’s really celebrated all around the world, but a lot of Americans don’t know about," said C. Bryan Williams about the foot-pounding, knee slapping moves that he helped bring to the fore in the group he’s created, Step Afrika.

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Kerrville Folk Festival Kicks Off Without Founder Rod Kennedy

Rod Kennedy (far left holding cane) on stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Credit Merri Lu Park

The Kerrville Folk Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running folk festivals in the nation and Dalis Allen has been there for most of them.

"It’s really more than a festival; it’s a phenomenon," Allen said.

Allen produces the festival at the Quiet Valley Ranch, where extensive campgrounds allow people to pitch tents and play their own campfire music after the night’s stage performances are done.

“It’s so much more than just sitting and listening to music," said Allen. "It’s quite a community in and of itself.”

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KPAC Blog
11:09 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

Musical sounds from centuries long ago are coming to San Antonio in the form of the
Austin Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players, though you may remember them having come to San Antonio last fall as Settecento.

“We’ll be playing at St. John’s Lutheran Church downtown on Sunday at 3 p.m. and we’ll be playing classical-era chamber music," said Billy Traylor, Austin Baroque Orchestra’s artistic director.

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KPAC Blog
4:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Piano Master Eduardo Delgado Coming To The Alamo City

An internationally-renown pianist returns soon to the Alamo City. I asked Eduardo Delgado about his upcoming appearance here.

"Well I’m very excited about it because the first time I went to San Antonio I was a judge of the competition,” he said.

He was here as a San Antonio International Piano Competition judge.  

“We had a wonderful time and we listened to wonderful talents,” said Delgado.

Every three years the piano competition brings young talent together for a rigorous competition. On this visit though, Delgado has a different focus.

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Arts & Culture
12:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Rita Vidaurri, San Antonio's South-Of-The-Border Celebrity

Recent Rita Vidaurri picture.
Ron Wade

She may be the most famous San Antonian you’ve never heard of. She’s Rita Vidaurri, an international singing star who was raised on the West Side of San Antonio and was a huge deal south of the border back in the 40s and 50s.

"I went to Cuba, sang with Nat King Cole. From Cuba I went to Costa Rica, Panama, all over Colombia," she said.

Vidaurri also sang on Mexico City’s radio XEW, and in nightclubs all over the country, with essentially all of the big names of the era.

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KPAC Blog
4:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Symphony Does Mahler & Copland, Says Goodbye To Children's Chorus Founder McCormick

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s winter/spring season is winding down and June 6 & 7 marks two important performances.

“We’re presenting Mahler [Fifth Symphony] to finish the season, and Marguerite McCormick is leaving the Children’s Chorus,” said symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing. Longtime Artistic Director McCormick’s last performances with the chorus will be at these two nights.

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