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.

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A veritable potpourri of popular classical music poured forth from the Intersection Piano Trio on November 17 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. The group was in town to perform for the Tuesday Musical Club, and they brought a hometown favorite to the stage with them.

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One piano and four strings can yield a world of sound, according to violinist Charles Yang. With his musical partner Peter Dugan, Yang’s November 10 show for ARTS San Antonio exceeded expectations of what a violin recital can be, incorporating Ravel, gypsy melodies, virtuoso improvisations, and exciting arrangements of classic and contemporary pop and rock songs that sounded almost as if they were meant to be for violin and piano.

A late venue change for the Tuesday Musical Club’s most recent concert led to a 15-minute delay in showtime, but it was worth the wait. Pianist Charlie Albright breathed life into old standards and even created a fully-formed composition on the spot, using four notes suggested to him by the audience. The impromptu composition was just one highlight of many on the program, which Albright capped with two encores.

Page Graham / YOSA

A sold-out crowd enjoyed YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) on May 17, 2015 at the Tobin Center for a massive performance of Carl Orff's "scenic cantata," Carmina Burana. San Antonio's premier youth orchestra was joined by the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, the UIW Cardinal Chorale, the San Antonio Choral Society, and solosits Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Ryland Angel, and Zachary Gordin. 

You can see video of the performance below:

Nathan Cone

Kenneth Thompson, executive director of Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, remembers the first time he heard Rhiannon Bishop play. It was at a recital featuring area students. “I was sitting there enjoying the concert, but when Rhiannon was performing, there was something that really reached through my ears and into my heart.”

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