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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Beirut Series
5:36 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Beirut Part 5: A New, Uneasy Normal

Morning on the Corniche.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

I spent five days in Beirut in late March and I wonder if I’ll ever feel the same about the Middle East. I went to Beirut after researching its past, its government, its city-by-the-sea status, but going there I realized there’s a lot for which I was unprepared.

I wasn’t prepared for the armed checkpoints, which seemed scary at first, but I came to realize were Berutis trying to protect their neighborhoods from the worst. They’ve seen the worst many, many times.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Chupachanga 2: The Artful West Side Party

Music at the Chupachanga.
Samantha Lopez

Chupachanga is a West Side block party. And here's why it’s more than just a block party: Art will be a byproduct of the party.

“This event is actually centered around large-scale print-making," said Samantha Lopez, the program coordinator a San Anto Cultural Arts.

“The way it works is that the artist carves into the woodblocks,” she said.

Those woodblocks get some ink and a big roller and voila! Three 3 ft. by 4 ft. prints are the result.

"Two of those prints will be sold," Lopez explained. "And then the last print goes to the artist."  

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Arts & Culture
6:23 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Beirut Part 4: A "Rich, Painful, Complicated" History

Corniche, looking west.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

I was in Beirut, Lebanon, for an arts and culture symposium recently. Hungry for stories, I hit the streets looking. What I found was a city full of interesting people. Everyone with whom I spoke had either lived though a war or they had fled for their safety.

“As the war started in Lebanon in 1976 we left to Canada," said Hanibal Srouji, a slender, soft-spoken 57-year-old Beirut artist.

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Arts & Culture
5:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Beirut Part 3: How The Experience Of War Shaped The Art

Evening walk along the Corniche.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

I was in Beirut  for a convention six days in late March. I then set out to find arts and culture stories there, but they all seemed to link back to the country’s civil war. It makes sense if you think about it, the war lasted for the 15 years between 1975 and 1990 and is a huge landscape in the Lebanese collective memory.

"It was war in my early years. Until I was in 18 I was in war and it was a difficult time because school years were interrupted all the time," said artist Annie Kurkdjian, who lived in Beirut throughout the war.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Beirut Part 2: What The People Suffered Through

Beirut graffiti.
Jack Morgan

I spent six days in Beirut, Lebanon, recently, the first two to speak at a conference of arts and culture reporters. After the conference I went out to find stories from people in Beirut. What I found, well, was much more than I was looking for.

I set out to interview artistically-inclined Beirutis, and happenstance put me in front of Nadine Begdache. She runs a west end Beirut art gallery called Gallerie Janine Rubeiz.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Classic Theatre's "Private Lives" About To Go Public

Cast of "Private Lives."
Dwayne Green

Classic Theatre is living up to its name by tackling another classic: "Private Lives," one of Broadway’s most revived and popular of plays. Classic as it is, it’s got an odd plot line.

"Elliot and Amanda have been married before, and they divorced," said Anna Gangai, who plays Amanda.

“Five years later they are each married to two different types of people," Gangai said. "And they are on their honeymoon night in adjoining rooms, unbeknownst to them, in the south of France. Comedy ensues, I’ll put it that way.”

Comedy, and what sounds like tense moments.

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Beirut Series
5:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Beirut: Rediscovering Arts & Culture After A 15-Year Civil War

Beirut's Corniche Looking East
Jack Morgan

I got an unexpected international adventure not long ago. Here's how it went down. You may remember Kelli Arena from her decades at CNN as a correspondent who traveled the world. She now lives in Huntsville, Texas, and works at Sam Houston State University.

“Two years ago we launched the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy,” she explained.

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KPAC Blog
10:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Children's Chorus Celebrates 30 Years Of Song, And Big Changes

Credit CCSA

There are some big changes happening at the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, I talked to Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick about this Sunday’s event at Concordia Lutheran Church.

“Sunday’s performance is a big celebration. This is our 30th anniversary season and we have lots of wonderful choirs that are going to be singing in the concert as always," she said. "But we also have some wonderful alumni that are going to be in the audience and are going to come up and sing.”

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KPAC Blog
2:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Copperleaf Quintet Closes Season With "Warm" Sunday Show

Ruth Moreland.
Credit Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Copperleaf Quintet is set to close out its season on Sunday. As they've been all season, this concert is thematic.

"May 4 actually happens to be the feast of the forty English martyrs," said Ruth Moreland, the group's founder and artistic director.

"So we’ll do a concert of all English composers," she said. "The first portion of the concert is William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, just some really lovely liturgical motets. Some things in Latin, some things in English. And then the second half will be various pieces of English poetry set to music."

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KPAC Blog
3:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Discover Concert Dives Into Schubert's 9th

Franz Schubert.
Credit Wikipedia

There’s a concert coming up that parents might want to get on their calendars. And really, the parents might enjoy this one as much as the kids.

"And the focus of that concert is going to be the [Franz] Schubert 9th [Symphony], which is the great C-Major symphony," said San Antonio Symphony President David Gross, who is nothing, if not enthusiastic.

As he explained, this one is one of the symphony’s "discover" concerts, which are geared toward helping people discover classical music.

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