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 Disney movies and 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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“As a horn player, I love [Richard] Strauss,” says David Mairs, who’ll be conducting the Mid-Texas Symphony this weekend in a concert featuring the German master. The concert also includes music by Mozart, and Samuel Barber, whose First Essay For Orchestra is perfectly paired with the closing work, Strauss’s Death And Transfiguration.

“I like the first two essays of Barber. But to me, [they] end musically with a question,” Mairs explains. “Strauss leaves you with an answer.”

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“Believe it or not, the best [English] teacher I had was the radio station,” says 88-year-old Edgar Fischel, “because they repeat so much!”

Fischel came to America from Costa Rica as a teenager. A self-described troublemaker in school, he grew up to be a respected educator and school administrator in San Antonio. Now retired, he spends his time building houses--little ones… as you’ll hear in this edition of StoryCorps South Texas.

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This week, Opera San Antonio brings its second major production of the season to the stage of the Tobin Center, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Opera San Antonio has assembled a cast that conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing says is “to die for,” headed by Dolora Zajick as Azucena (in the role that launched her career back in the 1980s). It’s also worth noting that two Texas voices will be on stage as well, Thomas Soto and Kara Smoot, in small roles.

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Tenor David Portillo has gone from the west side of San Antonio to the Metropolitan Opera, and returned home in late February for a recital at the Tuesday Musical Club, as well as workshops with area students. Nearly 200 people attended the 2 p.m. concert on Feb. 23 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, which included a healthy helping of Spanish-language favorites, as well as an aria from one of Portillo’s dream roles, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love.

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"She's my hero," says Laura Wolfe of her daughter, MacKenzi. Born with medulloblastoma, Macky--as her parents call her-- has been in and out of doctors' offices for most of her life. But what Wolfe remembered most when she visited the StoryCorps Mobile Booth were not the trials Macky has endured, but an example of grace.

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