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Classical Spotlight
11:13 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Handel's Majestic Masterpiece Returns to San Antonio With Baroque Maestro

Patrick Dupre Quigley in his dressing room
Credit John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Patrick Dupre Quigley returns for The Messiah

It is the fourth time for Maestro Quigley to lead the San Antonio Symphony and third to conduct the Messiah. "I change it up each year, so if someone came last year, they won't hear the exact same thing, but I also include all the favorites - He Shall Feed His Flock, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and of course, the Hallelujah Chorus," says Patrick Quigley.

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Classical Spotlight
10:22 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Organ, Celtic, And Choral Noels From First Presbyterian Church Throughout December

Conductor Tom Dooling
First Presbyterian Church

Concert series begins Thursday December 6th at 12:00 p.m.

For over 30 years, First Presbyterian Church has offered lunchtime concerts downtown, and on three consecutive Thursdays this year, their tradition continues.

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Holiday Shopping
9:39 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Holiday Sales Off To A Good Start, Leaving Local Shops and Big Box Stores Happy

Customers shop at the Twig Book Store at the Pearl for Small Business Saturday
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The dirty Thanksgiving dishes have been washed, visiting family members have all gone home, and holiday decorations are starting to light neighborhood streets.

It’s the start of another joyous season, and everyone knows – including retailers – that holiday shopping season is now in full swing.

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TPR Cinema
10:44 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Blu-ray Review: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Credit Kino Lorber

While the Lifetime and Hallmark networks will duke it out for weeks ahead of Christmas, airing competing schmaltzy movies in which divorcees find love under the mistletoe, there has long been a tradition of Christmas movies intended for the kiddies.  These movies usually assume that no adult will even attempt to watch the flick, and so all bets are off when it comes to bothering to appeal to anyone with more than two digits to their age.

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Classical Spotlight
1:35 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Choruses Create Winter Magic In Holiday Music Celebration At Concordia

Winter Magic this weekend with CCSA
CCSA

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs at Concordia Lutheran Church

It's a new location for Winter Magic with the Children's Chorus of San Antonio! "Our numbers have grown this year which is absolutely wonderful, but we needed a larger space," says Marguerite McCormick.

"We combine the choirs in a couple of different ways - sometimes two or three of the training choirs will sing together, sometimes the advanced choirs will sing together, and then we do feature all seven choirs; all 250 plus children in this concert!"

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Holiday Business Boost
5:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holiday Shopping Sales Expected To Increase In Stores And Online

Wal-Mart prepares for holiday shopping a year in advance
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A rebounding economy and growing consumer confidence may contribute to a successful holiday shopping season this year.

The consulting firm Accenture reported that this year 52 percent of consumers will increase their spending by $250 or more. On the whole, the report says people are expected to spend $582 for the holiday. 53 percent say they will brave the crowds on Black Friday.

"We actually started preparing right after the season ended last year,” said Scott Redman, store manager at Wal-Mart in the 8500 block of Jones-Maltsberger.

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Holiday Lights Displays
2:44 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

'Tis The Season: Holiday Lightings Across San Antonio On Friday And Saturday

HEB Alamo Tree to be lit Friday evening, Nov. 23, 2012.
Hemisfair

Dozens of San Antonio parks, businesses and organizations are holiday lights beginning this weekend, and since holiday lighting ceremonies are scheduled all over downtown both Friday and Saturday, you can avoid heavy traffic and problems parking by going to some smaller celebrations.

In addition to Alamo Plaza, the city is lighting up Main Plaza and City Hall, Travis Park, Milam Park, Market Square, La Villita, and of course, the River Walk. Ford is sponsoring the big river parade, and the lights will be turned on the length of the river at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

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