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.


11:12 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

San Antonio's 2015 MLK Interfaith Service

Temple Beth-El
Nathan Cone

About 300 people gathered to worship together and remember the words, deeds, and spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King at the annual Interfaith Service, held at Temple Beth-El on Sunday, January 19. The afternoon was full of music, dance, and inspirational speech, highlighted by Rev. Otis Mitchell's channeling of King and his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. The Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu faiths were all represented at the service.

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3:11 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Where To See The 2014 Oscar Nominees In South Texas

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, where can you see the films on the big screen? Here’s a handy guide for this weekend. 

Apart from the Best Picture nominees, many of the nominated films are already on DVD and Blu-ray, or available as streaming video through Amazon, Netflix, and other services. We also recommend the San Antonio Public Library, though the waitlist may be long for some titles!

For NPR/TPR coverage of the nominated movies, see “Related Links” at the bottom of the page.

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Music Interviews
11:48 am
Wed January 7, 2015

For Ellen Pavliska, The Piano, Like Life, Is A Voyage Of Discovery

Ellen Pavliska
Credit Nathan Cone

Talk about a rising star! Pianist Ellen Pavliska did not begin piano lessons until she was 11 years old. Five years later, she was on stage with the San Antonio Symphony. Now 22, Pavliska is a student at the University of North Texas, where she has continued her studies and growth as a classical pianist.

Over the holiday break, she performed a recital at the Tuesday Musical Club, playing Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, and more. You can hear excerpts of this performance below, and in full on KPAC 88.3 FM, at 7:00 p.m this Saturday.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Decadent, Magnificent ‘Salome’ Comes To San Antonio

Patricia Racette
Credit Devon Cass

More than a century after its premiere in Germany, the Richard Strauss opera "Salome" can still stir something deep within. In the opera, Salome, who is leered at and lusted after, famously dances for her father Herod in exchange for the head of John the Baptist. 

“This is a very dysfunctional family,” laughs soprano Patricia Racette. Racette is performing the title role in Salome next week at the Tobin Center for Opera San Antonio

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Arts & Culture
9:31 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

From The Panpipe To The Bansuri, This Flutist Has Her Pride Covered

Kay Ragsdale demonstrates the South American 'toyo.'
Nathan Cone

Flutist Kay Ragsdale remembers the exact moment she knew she’d be part of the “Lion King” phenomenon. A musician friend had invited her to see the new musical during its tryout run in Minneapolis. It was Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997. That night, the world was talking about the death of Princess Diana in France (where it was already past midnight). And though Ragsdale was not immune to the shock of Diana’s death, her world was changed even more by the show she was witnessing.

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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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