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.

Melanie Rush Davis

Who knew San Antonio had such talented student artists and musicians? With a wide variety of visual art, from hand-blown glass marbles to paintings to films, and the incredible artistry of the young musicians, the results of the Sounds Like KPAC Talent Competition exceeded even our expectations.

Nathan Cone

An unusually balmy January day was the perfect setting for Simone Dinnerstein’s warm embrace of music by Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Franz Schubert at her Tuesday Musical Club recital. In less than a decade, Dinnerstein has captured the imagination of classical fans worldwide with her "majestic originality of vision,” according to The Independent.

Nathan Cone

Talk about a rising star! Pianist Ellen Pavliska did not begin piano lessons until she was 11 years old. Five years later, she was on stage with the San Antonio Symphony. Now 22, Pavliska is a student at the University of North Texas, where she has continued her studies and growth as a classical pianist.

Over the holiday break, she performed a recital at the Tuesday Musical Club, playing Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, and more. You can hear excerpts of this performance below, and in full on KPAC 88.3 FM, at 7:00 p.m this Saturday.

Don Hessenflow

“When I was 10, I saw a pipe organ in church for the first time. I was with my fourth grade class, and we were walking into the church for Mass, and I turned around and looked up at the organ, and I was just in awe. I was mesmerized by the sight and sound of it,” said Christopher Houlihan, now 26, and one of the best young organists of his generation.

Nathan Cone / TPR

A last-minute substitution lent some nervous energy to the ETA3 Trio’s performance on October 14 as part of the Tuesday Musical Club’s annual Artist Series. With only a few hours to rehearse, Milana Strezeva took the place of the ensemble’s regular pianist, Tomoko Nakayama, who couldn’t be released from a performance back in the group’s home base of New York.

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