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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Isaac Chavez

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio join forces this weekend with other arts organizations to take on Carmina Burana. To find out more I spoke to YOSA’s Troy Peters.

Carmina Burana is this massive, epic piece of music for chorus and orchestra," Peters says. "It opens with some of the most famous music in classical music. And it’s just thrilling music from start to finish.” Carmina Burana’s origins are quite unusual.

Alexander Streltsov

I've been on the hunt for interesting things to do this weekend. Here are a couple of ideas. Tonight through Sunday, there's a pairing of arts that are pretty dramatic. It's the San Antonio Symphony with Cirque performers.

“It’s such a great combination of this physical grace with this great classical music.”

 San Antonio Symphony President David Gross is talking about the performance called Cirque De La Symphonie. High-flying aerialists, daredevil cyclists and others cavort the stage, as well as high above the orchestra, and it's all sync'd to music.

Photo by Andy Ross

A  Streetcar Named Desire heads to the Tobin Center on Tuesday, but this production is different. For one thing, it’s not a southern take on the classic.

“I’m Christopher Hampton, the Artistic Director of the Scottish Ballet.”

Another important distinction:  it’s not a play, but a ballet.

“We are presenting the famous Tennessee Williams play as a dance production.”

I asked “Now, the parameters of a Tennessee Williams play and those of ballet seem really very much in different ball parks to me. Tell me why I’m wrong about that.”

Philipp Rathmer

A world renowned soloist performed last week with the San Antonio Symphony and her musical achievements are astounding considering the obstacle she’s overcome. I went to the Tobin Center to interview her, and when I got there she was still practicing with the Symphony.

The rehearsal was something to watch--her long, thick grey hair flew wildly about as she raced to beat on a huge array of percussion instruments encircling her. It was a spirited first practice of a concert that will play out the next night there at the Tobin Center. She's practicing on local instruments.

Mike Morton

There’s a walking art tour happening in Boerne this weekend, but it’s got a twist to it.  That twist is its namesake. It’s called the Boerne Art Waddle. Here's the Waddle's creator Mary Morton.

“It’s called a Waddle because we have lots of ducks that come and go along the Cibolo Creek.”

The Cibolo Creek encircles the downtown neighborhood where the Art Waddle takes place—the Flats.

“Years ago when they were building the railroad a lot of the people who worked on the railroad lived in this area” she said.

“And it’s pretty flat.”

“And it’s kinda flat.”