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.

Ways To Connect

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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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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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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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.

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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