If there was one consistent comment I heard from both judges and audience members alike at this year's SOUNDS LIKE KPAC talent competition, it's that the music, and and writing were of exceptionally high quality this year. Tallying the scores during intermission, it was clear this was a tight race. At the end of the afternoon, students from Ronald Reagan High School, Health Careers High School, Clark High School, and one local homeschool student all took first place awards at SOUNDS LIKE KPAC, held January 28, 2018 at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College.
The First Place winners in each category were:
Zora Dickson, homeschool
Quid Nunc Saxophone Quartet, Reagan HS
Joanna Cao, Health Careers HS
Tony Rodriguez, Clark HS
All of the musical performances, as well as interviews with select contestants, will be broadcast on KPAC 88.3 FM on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. on “Performance Saturday,” Texas Public Radio’s weekly showcase of great performances from the stages of south central Texas. You can hear the music now in the Soundcloud link below.
The First Place winners in each category were awarded a $1,000 cash prize, funded by the Flohr Foundation and Dr. Lindsay Irvin of Alamo Heights Pediatrics, with additional support from the M.E. Hart Foundation, and Dr. Jatin Patel with Alamo Children's Heart Center. First Place winners also received a year’s supply of Whataburger, courtesy of the San Antonio-based chain.
Second and Third Place winners in the Solo Musician category were Andrew Li and Tara Mosely. Second and Third Place winners in the Ensemble Musician category were the Cloud 9 String Quartet and a wind ensemble comprised of talented YOSA musicians. Second and Third Place winners in the Visual Art category were Adrian Toler and Christopher Bender. Second and Third Place winners in the Written Word category were Daniel Wang and Rema Bhat.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
2018 WRITTEN WORD WINNER
“Release” by Tony Rodriguez
(Reflection on Frederic Chopin’s “Prelude in E Minor”)
Full of lament
Yet controlled, held back
It wants to go somewhere
It wants to fully express itself
But it can’t, not yet at least
Everything it wants to say, it can’t
It tries to raise its voice, but it fails
So it starts over, slows down, tries again, and proceeds
It is ready now, to exclaim to the world its feelings
And it shouts, it raises such a clamor that it shakes the earth
It tells of all the suffering it has seen in its life
All the breakups, all the pets that passed, all the pain
Every divorce, every failure, every regret, it all comes out
It releases the burden of everything that it knew
And having purged itself of all its sorrows
It has its first taste of resolve
From all suffering on earth
It closes its eyes
It is relaxed