Christmas

Texas Giving
11:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dollhouse Maker Builds Happiness For The Holidays

Courtney Collins KERA News

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:43 am

Ken and Cecilia Christopherson are channeling Saint Nick in a very real way.  Part treasure hunter, part master craftsman, Ken builds dollhouses from scratch. Each one takes 100 hours to construct, and each one goes to a very sick child stuck in the hospital for the holidays.

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Community Giving
10:39 am
Thu December 20, 2012

$15 Million Christmas Miracle For San Antonio Food Bank

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich describes the hunger situation in San Antonio as 'embarrassing' and contributed to the $15 million goal for the Food Bank's expansion project
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

With the help of a handful of partners, the San Antonio Food Bank will no longer have to use existing funds to pay for its warehouse expansion project.

A combined $15 million – the largest campaign ever conducted by the food bank – will completely fund the project, leaving the food bank leaders to use existing money to meet the day-to-day needs of people.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also contributed to the goal personally, joked about his presence at the press conference to announce the news.

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Community Giving
11:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Marriott's Tamalathon Helps Fight Hunger In San Antonio

Delia Enriquez, left, and Stephanie Herrera make tamales for the 2012 Tamalathon hosted by Marriott Hotels
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Making tamales is a time-honored tradition in the Alamo City, but another tradition on its way to becoming just as meaningful: the Marriott Hotel's Tamalathon.

Employees and other volunteers gather each holiday season to spread, stuff and roll tamales which will be sold by the thousands. All the proceeds benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

"You don't have to write it [the check] to us at all, that's where the money's going,” said the Marriott’s Dusty Smith, who oversees the Tamalathon.

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Holiday Outreach
2:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

St. Mary's Basketball Team Brings Holiday Cheer To Hospital Patients

Coach Jim Zeleznak offers a basketball to the 11-month old daughter of oncology patient Johnny Gonzalez at University Hospital.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It’s no fun being stuck in the hospital over the holidays, and on Thursday, St. Mary’s University Basketball Team took to the streets to deliver some holiday cheer to some of San Antonio’s patients.

“How ya doin’? We’re the St. Mary’s Basketball Team,” Brad Hubenak said, introducing his teammates to patient Johnny Gonzalez.

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Classical Spotlight
9:49 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Heart Of Texas Concert Band Mixes Winds And Voices For Holiday Concert

HOTCB playing holiday selections
Don Hessenflow

Mark Rogers leads band and choruses this Sunday

When the Heart of Texas Concert Band (HOTCB) performs this weekend, they will add an element for the very first time in the ensemble's history: a choir. Band and choir works are more rare than orchestral accompaniment, but Mark Rogers has done some searching and arranging.

"Nancy Oehlert approached me about collaborating with the Encore Youth Chorus, and I thought it was a natural fit, and immediately thought of the holidays," says conductor Mark Rogers. 

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Classical Spotlight
2:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Final Installment Of Midday Noels Features First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers

Conductor Tom Dooling.
First Presbyterian Church

Tom Dooling leads classical and traditional favorites

Join First Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary for their last mini-concert of the annual "Midday Noel," called Singing the Season. The First Presbyterian Choir Chamber Singers will present a concert of Christmas music from around the world. 

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Classical Spotlight
1:53 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Choral Group Voci di Sorelle Brings Glad Tidings To San Antonio

Voci di Sorelle.
Benissimo Music

Voci di Sorelle sings at UIW Chapel this Sunday!

Holiday music is a tradition for many different kinds of people, crossing race, faith and style lines. Sounds of the season vary with groups, but are also a tradition for many directors and ensembles.

"There is a lot of really good repertoire out there for this time of the year, and if it is not for women's voices, we make it that way!"

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Classical Spotlight
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

USAF Band Of The West Gives Musical Gift To San Antonio

Horizon Sax Quartet members
John Clare/Texas Public Radio

Three Chances To Hear Holiday In Blue

The USAF Band of the West's Concert Band & Various Ensembles perform this weekend at Edgewood ISD Theatre of Performing Arts, 607  SW 34th Street in San Antonio.

The free concerts are:

  • Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets may be printed from their website or picked up from the Lackland AFB and Randolph AFB ITT offices, Ft. Sam Houston MWR office, and the Fiesta Commission Office.

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Classical Spotlight
2:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Conspirare Christmas Brings Eclectic Mix To San Antonio

Craig Hella Johnson
Conspirare

Craig Hella Johnson returns with Company of Voices to Laurel Heights

Craig Hella Johnson adds new flavor to Conspirare’s annual collage of music and poetry,  mixed to "contemplate and celebrate," with music such as Felix Mendelssohn to Mos Def, and Leonard Bernstein to Leonard Cohen! Favorites from Richard Rogers and Eric Whitacre are also on tap.

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KPAC Blog
7:23 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Three New Releases Make Perfect Stocking Stuffers

Complete Cello Music of Robert Rodriguez
Albany Records

New Music is a great gift!

John Clare has been listening to a lot of new releases lately - these three recordings really stood out.

Robert Xavier Rodriguez might not be a new name for TPR listeners, he was composer in residence for the San Antonio Symphony years ago, and his operas are often produced in Austin, Houston and Dallas (besides in the world's opera houses.)

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