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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Hills Are Alive With The Sounds Of The Holidays

Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills will soon be filling those hills with music. I  spoke with its Assistant Conductor Gene Dowdy.

“It’s our annual holiday concert and one of the most spectacular parts of this concert is that we feature our Grand Symphony Chorus under the direction of Linda Ables, so we get the chorus and the orchestra together; it just makes for an impressive evening.”

[Hit 'Listen' above to hear a sample of what they will be playing]

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

SA’s Churchill Chargers Head To Manhattan, And The Macy’s Parade

The Churchill Chargers conduct their last rehearsal in Texas before heading to New York City
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

One of San Antonio’s high school marching bands will make their broadcast television debut, during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning. While your turkey is roasting, the Churchill Chargers will have a short solo performance on NBC.

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Arts & Culture
7:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

172 Little Reasons To See This "Nutcracker"

Sarah Pautz, onstage with members of the children's cast.
Alexander Devora

Around the world this month, ballet companies are enjoying their own version of Black Friday, staging "The Nutcracker." The holiday tradition is the key to financial stability for any company, and here in San Antonio, things are no different.

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Music Articles
7:42 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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Arts & Culture
9:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The San Antonio Symphony Young Peoples' Concert Goes Interplanetary

San Antonio Symphony
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony’s busy season continues, but a slew of concerts over the last two days, is for an audience unlike most. Children by the hundreds filed, in surprisingly orderly fashion, into the Tobin Center Friday to hear "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.

"We have over 3,000 students coming here this morning to hear the concert,” said Jeremy Brimhall, the San Antonio Symphony’s Education Director.

(Click on ‘Listen’ above to hear the symphony)

"The music is so powerful and it showcases our orchestra so well.”

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Classical Music
2:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Band Concert To Show Off The New Sounds Of Trinity Baptist's Organ

Mark Rogers, conductor.
Credit Heart of Texas Concert Band

The all-volunteer Heart of Texas Concert Band usually practices and performs at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College, but twice a year, they have to vacate the space to make way for theatre arts productions.  As conductor Mark Rogers says, this fall, they decided to turn that obstacle into an opportunity.

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Classical Music
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Mastersingers Join With East Side Church For Anti-Apartheid Classic

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers are tackling a classic. This one might not be familiar to everyone, but is a classic because of what it’s about.

“It’s actually a very little-performed piece, called ‘Lost in the Stars,’ by Kurt Weill.”

John Silantien conducts the San Antonio Mastersingers.

“It sort of traces this anti-apartheid tragedy in South Africa.  And we’ve also invited a number of singers from St. Phillip's College to join us. So the piece involves a black choir and a white choir.”

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Deceptive Cadence
1:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

This weekend Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in several premieres, webcast live.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:03 am

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Brains have a "full-body" workout when their owners play music.
TED-Ed

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:20 am

"Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?"

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Where The Song Comes From You, And The Spirit From Within

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

It’s getting to be the time of year where holiday music performances pop up around town. I found one event a particularly interesting one. At the heart of it is the Messiah, but there’s something different going on here.

“This is not your typical performance because the performers are actually seated out in the audience. You will be the performers.”

That is the San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman. The audience members are invited to bring just their voices, and not their instruments.

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