Nathan Cone

Director of Cultural & Community Engagement

Nathan has been with the organization since 1995.  He leads the organization's cultural and community engagement outreach and social media efforts. Nathan began at TPR working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media.

A native of Spring, Texas, Nathan began his broadcasting career while studying at San Antonio’s Trinity University, where he majored in Communication, with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.  At Trinity University’s KRTU, he was a student manager, serving as Jazz Program Director and Operations Manager.  Nathan graduated with a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University with minors in Communication Management and Art/Art History.

Currently, Nathan enjoys studying classic and contemporary films, especially those of the late director Stanley Kubrick.  He's the curator of Texas Public Radio's popular summer film series, Cinema Tuesdays.  He’s a musical omnivore, with a house full of classical, rock, and jazz compact discs and LPs. His favorite classical composer is Beethoven. His favorite jazz performer is Miles Davis, his favorite rock band is The Beatles, and his favorite film is Singin' in the Rain, which he enjoys watching with his wife and two children.

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Arts & Culture
11:19 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

AtticRep And SOLI Want To Dance With You

Hot on the heels of SOLI Chamber Ensemble's collaboration with the community for a performance of Terry Riley's liberating work "In C" comes another opportunity for you to take the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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Music Interviews
2:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Akiko Fujimoto, On Conducting "The Nutcracker"

Akiko Fujimoto, Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony
Credit Liz Garza Williams

When Akiko Fujimoto took over the helm of conducting the annual San Antonio Symphony performances of "The Nutcracker" in 2012, she had never conducted a ballet before.

"I knew that it was a completely different genre of conducting," Fujimoto says. She turned to a colleague that's been conducting Tchaikovsky's score for years, Boston Ballet's Music Director, Jonathan McPhee. "He said to watch out [because] how dancers interpret tempo is different than how musicians talk about tempo. We opened the score, and we went through everything page by page."

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Music Reviews
8:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Radiohead Gets Rewritten By Reich

Credit Nonesuch Records

Radiohead and Steve Reich get mashed up on “Radio Rewrite,” an album that features two new recordings of Reich’s ear-tickling “Counterpoint” music, as well as a five-part chamber work inspired by two of Radiohead’s songs.

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Arts & Culture
7:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

172 Little Reasons To See This "Nutcracker"

Sarah Pautz, onstage with members of the children's cast.
Alexander Devora

Around the world this month, ballet companies are enjoying their own version of Black Friday, staging "The Nutcracker." The holiday tradition is the key to financial stability for any company, and here in San Antonio, things are no different.

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Classical Music
2:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Band Concert To Show Off The New Sounds Of Trinity Baptist's Organ

Mark Rogers, conductor.
Credit Heart of Texas Concert Band

The all-volunteer Heart of Texas Concert Band usually practices and performs at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College, but twice a year, they have to vacate the space to make way for theatre arts productions.  As conductor Mark Rogers says, this fall, they decided to turn that obstacle into an opportunity.

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Classical Music
10:29 am
Thu November 20, 2014

San Antonio Symphony, USAF Band Team Up To Salute Troops

USAF Freedom Brass, performing in the TPR studios.
Nathan Cone

This Saturday night, the San Antonio Symphony and the US Air Force Band of the West team up to present their tenth annual Salute to Armed Forces concert at Laurie Auditorium.

Conducting the orchestra will be the San Antonio Symphony’s Akiko Fujimoto, and the program includes patriotic music by Aaron Copland, John Willams, and George M. Cohan. Fujimoto says the added touch of 13 brass players from the Air Force is a boon to the orchestra’s sound.

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Music Interviews
10:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Isabel Leonard, Bringing Young Eyes And Ears To Opera

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano.
Credit Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.

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Classical Music
11:42 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Organist Christopher Houlihan, "Conducting A Great Orchestra"

Christopher Houlihan at the organ in Trinity University's Parker Chapel.
Don Hessenflow

“When I was 10, I saw a pipe organ in church for the first time. I was with my fourth grade class, and we were walking into the church for Mass, and I turned around and looked up at the organ, and I was just in awe. I was mesmerized by the sight and sound of it,” said Christopher Houlihan, now 26, and one of the best young organists of his generation.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
3:13 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Free Movie Screening: "The Theory Of Everything"

Credit Focus Features

TPR listeners and members, you’re invited to a free screening of “The Theory of Everything” on Monday, November 10, at the Santikos Palladium, hosted by Focus Features. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open early, and seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. You may claim your pass one of two ways.

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Classical Music
12:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You Can Join SOLI On Stage

David Mollenauer, Stephanie Key, Ertan Torgul, Carolyn True.
Credit SOLI Chamber Ensemble

How would you like to perform at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts? This fall you can, as part of a collaboration between KPAC 88.3 FM and SOLI Chamber Ensemble! SOLI, San Antonio's premier chamber ensemble devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, invites you to be a part of its season opening performances on December 1 at the Tobin Center or December 2 at Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Concert Hall.

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