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8:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Video: Miguel Del Aguila Featured With Olmos Ensemble

John Clare and Miguel del Aguila
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

This weekend kicks off the first of two concerts for the Olmos Ensemble. Led by oboist Mark Ackerman, the nineteen year old chamber group, will feature "Sizzlin' Latin American/Spanish Music" this Sunday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antonio.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

Baritone Thomas Hampson takes his punches for opera on a BBC talk show.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:32 pm

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KPAC Blog
10:15 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Cool Classical For Those Dog Days Of Summer

Etnobit Percussion
Credit courtesy of the artist

With temperatures over 100 degress and lows not dipping below 80 degrees, we're all looking for ways to stay cool. Thoughts of cooler climates and scenery are welcome.

Enter Etnobit Percussion Group! From the oldest and deepest lake, Lake Baikal, these four have created music - from ice!

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Deceptive Cadence
9:04 am
Mon August 5, 2013

A Pulitzer Winner Asks: Why Write Symphonies?

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is still inspired by the age-old symphonic form.
Andrew Shapter

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:32 pm

In 2007, I was interviewed by a journalist over lunch a day before the premiere of my Violin Concerto. One of his first questions was, "So why do you write in these old forms, the symphony, the concerto ... ?" I told him that these were simply titles which imply nothing about the form, which was another thing entirely. But it led me to ask myself: What is a symphony these days? If it no longer comprises a four-movement structure with an energetic first movement, a slow movement, a scherzo, and some kind of quick rondo, then what exactly characterizes it?

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KPAC blog
2:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Virginals Were Not So Chaste: Alan Feinberg's 'Basically Bull'

Composer John Bull (1563-1626)
Wikipedia Commons user Lethesl cc

A virginal is a spinet harpsichord, normally without legs. The name is obscure even by Oxford English Dictionary standards, but one hint is that the name came from the young and chaste virginal girls that would spend hours and hours practicing their music in cold and drafty castles and mansions.

It was an unusual time for music in Britain.

There were battles over whether or not music belonged in the church and the only people that had music before the printed note were musicians and those with enough money to outfit their splendid homes with music rooms.

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Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Oana Cătălina Chiţu's Reprise of Maria Tănase is Divine

Maria Tănase, Romanian diva
Wikimedia

  With only a few exceptions, the “best” days of Communism (and I say that with plenty of sarcasm) are long gone. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (with the final destruction in 1990), the Round Table talks in Warsaw in 1989, and the brutal execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in December of 1989 explain the often heard term Revolutions of 1989 as synonymous with the Fall of Communism.

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KPAC Blog
1:08 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Beethoven Makes Great Chamber Music, Great Screenplay

Cast of 'A Late Quartet'
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At the center of "A Late Quartet" is Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Opus 131. Throughout the drama, the sublime sounds of the work are played by the Brentano String Quartet. Onscreen are Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Mark Ivanir as the "Fugue String Quartet."

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Arts & Culture
9:16 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Symphony Leader Out After Three Months On The Job

There’s been another shake-up at the San Antonio Symphony. Jack Downey is leaving his post as President and CEO after being in place for only three months. When Downey was named head of the San Antonio Symphony in May, the former Air Force Officer had established a track record of leading local non-profits including the San Antonio Children’s Shelter. Downey explained while as a guest the KSTX’s "The Source" that his plan was to build the San Antonio Symphony’s supporter base.

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Classical Spotlight
4:59 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Dark Side Of Ryo: Mozart's D Minor Concerto

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani
Courtesy of the artist

This weekend wraps up the third annual Mozart Festival Texas. A solo recital takes place Friday night with Rick Rowley. Saturday an orchestral concert rounds out the festival with two masterpieces: the 'Jupiter' Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 20. Terry Frazor will conduct and feature piano soloist Ryo Yanagitani, a former Gold Medalist with the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Creating American Symphonies To Tell 'Distinctly American' Stories

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz.
Samantha West Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 7:48 am

To say that you're writing a symphony today is a statement, especially for a young composer like me. The challenge is to find just the right way to commandeer the age-old form, to render it fresh and vital once again within an American context.

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