James Baker

Producer, Host: Classics a la Carte

James first introduced himself to KPAC listeners at midnight on April 8, 1993, presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony played by the Cleveland Orchestra. Soon after, he became the regular overnight announcer on KPAC.

If pressed to describe himself, James will say he is a musician who hosted classical music.  For over 40 years, he has worked as a professional French horn player, holding posts in the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, the oldest orchestra in Mexico. 

James also is an avid marathoner.  Look for him running the streets of San Antonio with his three rescued border collies.

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Terry Teachout, writing in this week's Wall Street Journal, provides a strong argument that it's time to give another listen to certain American composers of the mid-20th century. He refers to "America's forgotten great composers," and he's very specific in citing a quartet of composers who were active over a span from 1940-1970. A casual listener to classical music may not recognize any of these men, yet they were quite well known in their day.

Kip Winger On The Rise

Jun 1, 2016
Kip Winger

Fall from Grace

In 1985 you would have found bass guitarist Kip Winger performing as a member of the rock group Alice Cooper. Two years later, at Cooper's suggestion, he formed his own metal rock band, which he called Winger. The advent of grunge rock in the early '90s immediately undermined Winger's style of music. Overnight, he was a man without a recording contract, and seemingly a man without a future in pop music. He must have been asking himself: Is it really Easy Come Easy Go?

 

James Baker

If you listen to much opera you have surely run across performances from Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Located in the city of Bologna, Italy, the theater is in many ways the cultural heart of the city. The current theater was not the first opera house in Bologna; previous houses faded due to disuse, or in other instances burned to the ground. That was the fate of the theater which preceded the present day Teatro Comunale.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

It's as regular as another 50 win season for the San Antonio Spurs, the mid-season Rodeo Road Trip. For almost three weeks, the AT&T Center, home of the Spurs, becomes the venue for one of the highest ranked indoor rodeos in the country. Up in the rafters of the AT&T are numerous Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year banners, alongside the many Spurs related championship banners.

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Define the American West. It all depends on who is doing the talking. Long ago, as the European pioneers were setting out from the East Coast, the West was anything beyond the Appalachians. In that case, perhaps the question should be rephrased such that American West is replaced by frontier. On the other hand, there is little doubt that as the frontier pushed further and further west, to the Mississippi and beyond, as the Great Plains stepped ever higher in elevation, that frontier seemed no longer adequate. Was this the beginning of the American West?

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