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Music News
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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KPAC Blog
11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center

Sarah Pautz
Credit Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.

As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."

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Music Reviews
11:12 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Saxophonist Invites You To Revisit "A Summer Place"

Credit Sony Classical

Before August gets away from us, saxophonist Amy Dickson’s new album arrives this month to celebrate classic melodies of the summer, most of them from films of the 1950s and ‘60s. Dickson’s previous albums have straddled both the classical world and popular music.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing Talks About The New Tobin Center

Credit San Antonio Symphony

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens on September 4, and San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing described the new home for the symphony.

“I have to say it’s very chic. And it’s very stylish and modern, and yet amazingly intimate,” he said.

Lang-Lessing has been involved in the development in the Tobin for years. He said he thinks the Tobin will be the place for performing arts in the city, but he wanted to make this important distinction.

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KPAC Blog
3:33 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Holding Auditions For Children Interested In 'The Nutcracker'

Credit Still Life Photography

Ballet San Antonio’s production of "The Nutcracker" is still months away from its first performance, but here's something parents should note:

“This Saturday, August 23 we’ll have 'The Nutcracker' children’s auditions,” said Ballet San Antonio President Courtney Barker.

“Auditions will be held starting at 12 p.m. They’re going to be held at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, which is at 5200 Broadway," she said.

I noted to her that it has got to be a big deal for a young dancer to be a part of a large production like this.  

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KPAC Blog
1:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Central Park Violinist Shares Her Journey In Public Music

I'm always on the lookout for public art and found some recently in an unexpected place. I was on a walk and began to hear something that just made me want to walk towards it. It was music; unusual music being made by a man under a park's bridge. He was playing a Vietnamese instrument called a dan bau. I dropped a few dollars in a bowl and walked on.

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KPAC Blog
9:48 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Austin Baroque Orchestra's Water-Inspired Show In San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

The Austin Baroque Orchestra comes to San Antonio two or three times a year. I spoke to their artistic director to find out what sets them apart; mostly it’s the instruments they use to make the music they play. Like this one: a theorbo.

"Theorbo: it’s a really large lute with really large bass strings on it,” said Billy Traylor.

“It usually sticks up a good three or four feet above the head of the person playing it. It’s a very long-necked instrument.”

Some of instruments are unfamiliar, but the music they make doesn’t sound so different.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:53 am
Thu August 21, 2014

A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

From The Simpsons short "Music Ville."
Fox Broadcasting Company

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:24 pm

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Classical Music
2:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

With Both Farce And Feeling, Currentzis' 'Figaro' Succeeds Magnificently

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:17 pm

There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another? In the case of this new recording led by the young Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis, Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says, "Absolutely."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Pacifica Quartet performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 1:09 pm

With this Tiny Desk Concert by the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet, we have the opportunity to explore the world of a single composer. With the arguable exception of Béla Bartók's six string quartets, it's generally accepted that the 15 by Dmitri Shostakovich are the strongest body of quartets since Beethoven.

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