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KPAC Blog
10:44 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Haunting Performance From The Symphony: "The Composer Is Dead"

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back with another offering for South Texans and this one a little out of the ordinary.

"The 'Halloween Spooktacular' is the first of the three family concerts," said Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. "It is the weekend before Halloween, Sunday afternoon. We are featuring a piece called 'The Composer is Dead' and it sounds pretty spooky but it is actually a great whodunnit mystery piece with a narrator.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

This Sunday, SA Chamber Choir Will Leave You "Breathless"

Scott McPherson
Beate Gersch

The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.

"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.

The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.

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KPAC Blog
4:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

First Presbyterian Church Honors The Best Of Bess

UTSA Professor Emeritus Bess Hieronymus.
UTSA

San Antonio's First Presbyterian Church is known for its expansive music programs. Now, an event is set to honor former member Bess Hieronymus, who was also known as an accomplished music teacher and organ virtuoso.

"She had an international reputation," said John Silantien, director of choral activities at UTSA. "She would bring organ virtuosos down here and they would play duets together on the organ at UTSA."

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Electronic Music
3:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Electronic Music Pioneer Turns 80

Morton Subotnick performing (stretta/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 4:08 pm

To call Morton Subotnick a pioneer of electronic music has become commonplace.

What is not so well known about Subotnick, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, is that he had a role in fathering electronic dance music.

His innovations involving new technologies and musical accessibility continue today.

His most recent project is an app for young children to use, with which they can compose essentially by fingerpainting on an iPad.

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Music Interviews
4:15 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach.
Los Angeles Opera

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 12:15 pm

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KPAC Blog
5:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Why Verdi?

Giuseppe Verdi
Wikimedia Commons

My first exposure to the music of Guiseppe Verdi came in high school. Fred Junkin, the director of the Victoria High School Band, chose Verdi's "Overture to La Forza del Destino" for one of our contest pieces. The drama of the piece stuck with me, such that as a professional musician and devoted listener to classical music, my heart still responds to Verdi's restless score.

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Classical Music
8:59 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
Leemage Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 3:09 pm

Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. And, whether we recognize it or not, on the bicentennial of his birth, Giuseppe Verdi is still vital.

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Classical Music
1:59 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
Klaus Lefebvre Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:36 am

Close your eyes, and you may think that this is 1913. In the past few days, the classical music community has been set aflame by recent comments from three prominent male conductors who are — steel yourself — actually saying that women are not capable of standing on the podium.

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Classical Music
4:11 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects

In his operas, Giuseppe Verdi had a knack for empowering marginalized people — like the title character of Aida, who is an enslaved Ethiopian princess (played in this 2011 French production by American soprano Indra Thomas).
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 6:24 pm

Two hundred years ago this week, Giuseppe Verdi was born in an Italian town midway between Bologna and Milan. On the occasion of his bicentennial, All Things Considered wanted to know what makes the great opera composer so enduring — why his work is still so frequently discussed and performed these two centuries later. The answer, says conductor and arranger John Mauceri, is that Verdi had a knack for making thorny topics accessible.

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KPAC Blog
4:43 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Opera Piccola Moves Downtown To The Empire For New Season

Opera Piccola

Opera Piccola's season starts with a few surprises and amongst those is a big one: Moving into downtown’s Charline McCombs Empire theater.

"It only seats 800 people," said General Director Mark Richter, "so no matter where you sit in the Empire Theater, it’s a tremendous seat."

They’ve also begun positioning the company in a way unlike what many people think when they think of opera.

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