Performance Saturday

Saturdays, 7 p.m.

Each Saturday night, Texas Public Radio takes you to the stages of San Antonio and South Texas to hear the best in live classical music performance. Performance Saturday features both new and archive recordings from ensembles like the Heart of Texas Concert Band, the Mid-Texas Symphony, USAF Band of the West, and many others, as well as touring performers making their way through South Texas by way of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Tuesday Musical Club, and other performing arts organizations. When available, interviews with the artists provide additional context and insight into the performances and the music.

Following the 'concert' broadcast, host Nathan Cone shares music selections from the KPAC library, focusing on new releases.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Two years ago, President Obama began softening U.S. relations with Cuba, and earlier this year, more travel restrictions were eased, allowing educational travel to the island nation which had been cut off from America for six decades. Matt Dunne, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, saw an opportunity for him, and his students.

UMG

Each weekend on Performance Saturday, I enjoy sharing new releases following the “concert” broadcast portion of the program, and this fall, I’ve been sharing excerpts from soundtracks to films clouded in mystery. None of the scores are purely orchestral, and the distorted and sometimes frightening soundscapes of these albums make for some interesting car trips! (Listening while driving is pretty much the only way I get to do any extended sampling nowadays.)

Nathan Cone

Mezzo-soprano Julie Boulianne was forthright in the description of her recent recital for the Tuesday Musical Club.

“I’m from Quebec, we tell the truth no matter what!” she joked, before explaining that her program was made up largely of already-familiar-to-her repertoire because she’s in between debut roles in two different opera companies.

It was to the audience’s benefit, though. Boulianne possessed a beautiful control of her voice, both in melody and volume for the hall, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.

SAIPC

UPDATE, June 20: The winners of this year's San Antonio International Piano Competition are:

  • Gold Medalist: Scott Cuellar
  • Silver Medalist: Sung Chang
  • Bronze Medalist: Osip Nikoforov

Congratulations to the winners!

The video at the bottom of this page now links to the final round of competition.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. Thursday: Five competitors have advanced to the final round for the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition. They are:

Melissa Evans / Band of the West

“We always try to give a little bit of something for everyone,” says SrA Jennifer Daffinee, a clarinetist with the Mission Winds, one of many smaller ensembles that make up the larger U.S. Air Force Band of the West, stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. “Everyone that attends our concerts can find something they can gravitate to.”

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