Randy Anderson

Classical Music Director & Host

Randy was Texas Public Radio's Classical Music Director and the longest-serving employee in Texas Public Radio's history. He hosted the very first airshift on KPAC when the station went on the air at 90.9 FM in San Antonio back in November, 1982.

Randy started his career in classical broadcasting at KMFM in the mid-70s, working with one of KPAC's founders, B.J. McClain. The overnight shift was the only full-time job when KPAC first started in 1982 and he was happy to take it.

Randy's first love is painting; he enjoys portraits, landscapes and still lifes, and he spends much of his free time in front of an easel. Great music is a perfect complement to his love for painting and Randy spent years trying to find the perfect instrument. The piano came close, but he eventually realized that his best instrument is a turntable or CD player (or digital library).

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KPAC Blog
12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Break The Piano With Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" On KPAC

Photo of Beethoven's life mask, made in 1812, 15 years before his death.
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Pop music is (usually) in English and is easy to understand, but Classical works are often in another language, and even when they are in English the operatic vibrato clouds the message.

Absolute music like a symphony or sonata has no words, but sometimes the work has a helpful title.

We've been presenting Beethoven's piano sonatas in order weekday mornings and one sonata that is very important in understanding the composer is being broadcast April 10 in the 6 a.m. hour.

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KPAC Blog: Album Review
1:22 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

David Chesky's 'The New York Rags,' Faster Than A New York Minute

David Chesky's new album "The New York Rags"

Visiting New York City is exhilarating. The hassle of air travel, the expense of the cabs and buses falls away and suddenly you are there, surrounded by familiar buildings, that great skyline beckoning, and people!

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Classical Spotlight
1:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Award-Winning Steinway Artist Jeff Biegel Performs Saturday

Jeffrey Biegel

Jeffrey Biegel talks about his upcoming recital at the First Unitarian Universalist Church this Saturday. While the topics all had something to do with great music, some are a little off topic. Biegel first talks about his new passion, tweeting; @tprclassical subscribes to his tweets and he certainly has a lot to say - as do those that follow his remarks.

A singular honor

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KPAC Blog: Book Review
2:10 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Life After Death With Bess Lovejoy's New Book About The Fates Of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Simon and Schuster

I don't know what it says about me, but when a new book was sent to TPR called "Rest in Pieces," I was deemed the person to review it.

I have been in love with spooky stuff since I was about four and my horror movie collection is huge, but I think of myself as a fairly regular fellow. If you are lucky enough to read, retain and enjoy disturbing and arcane facts, this book is for you.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
12:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

The Final Four At The SAIPC, And The Winner Is...

The final four contestants at the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
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The four finalists are doing all they can to impress the judges and make their mark on this special occasion. There is the award-winning performance of the commissioned work "Upsparkles" by the Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec.

Russian mystic Alexander Scriabin breaks free from 'sonata-form' with his "Sonata Fantasy in g minor."

Claude Debussy cuts loose from the forms he used in his first set of preludes when one of the contestants plays four of the twelve works from his second set from 1913.

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Classical Spotlight
10:24 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Performing In Seguin

OPUS 3 ARTISTS

Haochen Zhang, gold medal-winning pianist in the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will be performing at Ayers Hall at Texas Lutheran University on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

KPAC's Randy Anderson spoke to Mr. Zhang about his experiences in Fort Worth, touring, and the music on next Monday's program.

"The competition meant a lot to me. [Now] I get to spend so much time touring, and it’s a very maturing experience for me, mentally and spiritually." -- Haochen Zhang

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KPAC Blog: Concert Review
3:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

A Great Afternoon Of Music With Husband-Wife Duo David Finckel & Wu Han

Last Sunday's SACMS guest artists husband and wife duo, cellist David Finckle and pianist Wu Han.
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The San Antonio Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and what a great reminder of what chamber music is all about than when husband and wife duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) performed at Temple Bethel last Sunday.

They were recently named "Musicians of the Year" by Musical America in 2012. Some concerts you know are going to be great just by walking in the hall, and this was one of them.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
10:07 am
Fri March 1, 2013

SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike

Maurice Ravel
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I remember reading a legendary performer once say that no two performances are alike. When I starting studying the piano I recorded some of my practice sessions to hear how I was playing without the distraction of making the music.

The great musician was right, not only were all my repetitions different, I couldn't make my performances sound the same if I tried.

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KPAC Blog: The Piano
11:25 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Competitors Impress: Swinging For The Fences At The SAIPC

Ludwig's last challenge.
Wikipedia

In the hurly-burly of a Piano competition there are selections that can make or break the chances of a competitor; pieces so difficult or dense that only a master musician can make them work for the audience and more importantly, the judges.

On the Piano this Sunday, we continue with music from the 2012 San Antonio International Piano Competition where two of the pianists "go big" in an effort to convince the judges that they have what it takes to be worthy of the gold medal.

Debussy

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