Nathan Cone

Director of Marketing & Community Engagement

Texas Public Radio’s Director of Marketing and Community Engagement has been with the organization since 1995.  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. Since then he has worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into 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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KPAC Blog
4:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Oscar 2012: Best Original Score

Decca Records

This year marks a special anniversary for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as they celebrate their 85th year with their annual awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24.  Oscars will be awarded in 24 categories, and after downplaying the role of music in films last year, producers have promised a renewed interest in music, song, and musicals.  The telecast will include a tribute to musicals of the past decade, featuring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe. Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Barbara Streisand, and Catherine Zeta-Jones have also been tapped to appear.

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KPAC Blog
10:47 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's Lone Film Score, "On the Waterfront"

Leonard Bernstein, undated photo
Al Ravenna Wikimedia Commons

Leonard Bernstein wrote only one original film score in his career, for Elia Kazan’s classic film, “On the Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a troubled longshoreman and one-time contender who’s gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd. Like Brando’s character, Bernstein’s score is a mixture of tenderness, violence, and nobility.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

On The Morality Of "On The Waterfront"

Credit Courtesy the Criterion Collection.

It’s really a shame that any review of “On the Waterfront” is colored by Elia Kazan’s infamous friendly testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee. By some accounts, including Kazan’s own on occasion, “On the Waterfront” was the director’s defiant gesture toward his critics. Now sixty years later, can it stand outside the controversy? I believe it can, as it’s a great film and an American classic. As brilliantly played by Marlon Brando, Terry Malloy stands up for what is right, not what his so-called friends would muscle him into doing. It’s as American as “Mr.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

A Silent Film, Live On Stage

Sophie Bolles

Running through this weekend, the Overtime Theater presents the final performances of Sophie Bolles’ stage adaptation of one of the creepiest movies of all time, the silent classic, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”  It may not be traditional Valentine’s Day Weekend fare, but you can experience an exquisite production that effectively recreates the feel of a silent film live. 

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Soundtrack Review: "Argo"

Watertower Music

After five Academy Award nominations, composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the busiest musicians in Hollywood today. In 2012 alone, he scored six features and one short film, scoring another nomination this year for his work on Ben Affleck’s award-winning film, “Argo.”

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TPR Cinema
11:19 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Soundtrack Review: "The Life of Pi"

Sony Classical

With track titles as diverse as “Meeting Krishna” and “Thank You Vishnu For Introducing Me To Christ,” it’s appropriate that Mychael Danna’s score for “The Life of Pi” is an appealing mix of East Meets West, as strings, tablas, sitars, flutes, accordions and gamelans blend together for waltzes, Indian rhythms, and sweeping orchestral flourishes.

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1:50 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Texas Goes It Alone With Women's Health Program

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Texas' Women's Health Program began on January 1st with no federal money. KUT's Ben Philpott spoke to John Hockenberry on PRI's "The Takeaway" this week about how the program is in the "middle of a strident political debate" over health services for low-income women.
In 2011, the Texas legislature voted to ban medical providers affiliated with organizations that perform abortions from participating in the state-run Women's Health Program, even if the providers did not perform abortions themselves.
9:19 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Six Film Composers On Their Craft

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The Hollywood Reporter recently brought six top film composers together to discuss their craft. Alexandre Desplat noted: "I always thought [composers] could give master classes to directors. Not to teach them, but to help them communicate." Read the full interview with Danny Elfman, Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Mychael Danna, Marco Beltrami, and Fernando Velazquez after the jump.
Writing music often is a solitary pursuit, so it was no wonder that when six renowned composers -- Marco Beltrami, 46 ( The Sessions), Mychael Danna, 54 ( Life of Pi), Alexandre Desplat, 51 ( Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Rise of the Guardians), Patrick Doyle, 59 ( Brave), Danny Elfman, 59 ( Frankenweenie, Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook), and Fernando Velazquez, 36 ( The Impossible) -- gathered in one room, they relished the chance to discuss the complexities of their trade.
9:42 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

The Texas Tribune's Top Stories of 2012

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As 2012 draws to a close, media organizations across the state are reviewing the stories that got Texans talking, and sometimes even taking action. The Texas Tribune, a non-profit online news organization based in Austin, names toll roads, water shortages, education, women's health, and wrongful convictions among its top stories of the year.
For the last week of the year, we picked a sampling of our best of 2012: Hamilton on four-year graduation rates from Texas colleges, Ryan and Galbraith map the troubling levels of the state’s water reservoirs, Galbraith on groundwater fights in the Panhandle, Aaronson on the state insurance commissioner’s turbulent first year, Grissom, Ryan and Dehn on prosecutorial errors in Texas, M.
10:24 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Placido Domingo: Not Slowing Down

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The closest thing to public radio on broadcast television, CBS Sunday Morning airs a profile of tenor Placido Domingo. "The voice shines more if the day before a performance you are quiet," he said. "I try to speak as little as possible. It's not that I am completely quiet, you know? But that's something that I respect, I have respected all my life. And I respect that."
(CBS News) When he's not saving his voice for his next performance, Placido Domingo is happy to talk, and he sat down with our Tracy Smith for some Questions and Answers: There are singers, there are opera singers, and then there is Placido Domingo. Even to non-opera fans, he is a force of nature.

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