Classical

Deceptive Cadence
9:23 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

Pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki presents the "viola organista" on Oct. 18 in Krakow, Poland. Zubrzycki spent almost four years building the instrument, which is based on a late 15th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci.
Tomasz Wiech AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 10:41 am

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Classical Music
10:25 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's Letters

Leonard Berstein seated at a piano in this 1955 photograph. (Library of Congress via Wikimedia)

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:12 am

Leonard Bernstein is widely considered one of the great American composers and conductors. He was the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic, and he composed the music for “West Side Story” and other musicals, in addition to serious works of contemporary American classical music.

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KPAC Blog
5:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Violin Shakes Up Classical And Hip-Hop Worlds At The Carver

Black Violin
Courtesy photo

Black Violin is coming to San Antonio, and they’re probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Their sound could be described as two parts hip hop and two parts classical.

"We’re a product of both worlds," said Wilner Baptiste, or Wil B as he’s known.

"The classical/hip hop thing is always something we did to keep our interest in the classics," Baptiste said.

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Baroque In The Historic San Fernando

The San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio was founded in 1731 and is the oldest continually functioning religious community in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Fernando Cathedral is one of San Antonio’s most iconic and most storied buildings and when the San Antonio Symphony matched a special event to the building, a hit was created.

"It was so popular last year, especially in the San Fernando Cathedral, where the music matches the building," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

"The cathedral was built during the Baroque period in the mid 18th century," she said.

The music the pared-down symphony of about 22 players will be playing is all baroque, as Fujimoto details.

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KPAC Blog
1:33 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Symphony And Ballet Present Christmas Staple, "The Nutcracker"

The Nutcracker
Still Life Photography

"The Nutcracker" is now an American Christmas tradition, but when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky debuted the work in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, it wasn't a success. San Antonio Symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto explains.

"You have to understand, until Tchaikovsky came along, ballet music was just ballet music," Fujimoto said. "It wasn’t appreciated for its own good, and Tchaikovsky single-handedly did that."

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Music Reviews
10:16 am
Tue November 26, 2013

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin.
Cory Weaver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:15 pm

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:44 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Kronos Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Kronos
NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:26 pm

Sunny Yang joined Kronos Quartet in June 2013. Now, just five months later, the cellist she says she's learned quite a few new works — not just a handful, but about 70 pieces.

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KPAC Blog
11:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

The Saltarelli String Orchestra, An All-Volunteer Orchestra With A Long History

Facebook photo from an April 19, 2013 performance.
Saltarelli String Orchestra

While the Saltarelli String Orchestra has been around for quite a while -- 45 years -- they've pretty much been under the radar.

"The Saltarelli String Orchestra is recognized at one of the oldest all-volunteer community string orchestras in the United States," said Linda Hart-Garrahan, who plays viola in the group.

The group is conducted by Florence Saltarelli and their concert for tonight has a pair of special guests.

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Classical Music
5:07 pm
Sat November 23, 2013

A Sound Of Fear, Forged In The Shadow Of War

Stanley Kubrick's The Shining strikes its terrifying tone with help from the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music underscores several of its tensest scenes.
Archive Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 11:09 am

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Classical Music
11:44 am
Sat November 23, 2013

The Sound of Struggle Tempered With Terror: Penderecki At 80

In Penderecki's music there is a struggle between melody and dissonance.
Bruno Fidrych

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 8:27 am

There's a beguiling photo of Krzysztof Penderecki, who turns 80 today, inside the brochure of this week's Warsaw music festival that bears his name. It shows the lauded Polish composer standing in his immense garden, surrounded by a labyrinth of trees and shrubbery trimmed to symmetrical perfection.

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