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12:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

Stand back, or wear earplugs.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 1:52 pm

Loud music can lead to hearing loss. But it's not just rock musicians and their fans who are at risk.

In classical orchestras, horn players are particularly vulnerable to hearing damage from the tunes they and their colleagues play.

Some studies have found that horn players are blasted with some of the loudest sounds in the orchestra. The levels are so high that many countries' occupational health regulations would limit exposure like that to a half-hour a day, some studies have found.

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

San Antonio Symphony To Kick Off Its Season

Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts next week.  The symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto tells us what to expect this fall.

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First Listen
9:54 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:37 am

[Every year, the MacArthur Foundation gives out 24 "Genius Grants" — generous cash prizes for brilliant creators in any number of fields. On Wednesday, less than a week before the release of his new album, Jeremy Denk joined their ranks.]

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Arts & Culture
9:24 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Coming Soon: Mexican-American Soprano Barbara Padilla

Barbara Padilla at Abbey Road.
Dan Massie

Promotion can be deceptive; we've all been duped into expecting the latest and greatest this or that, only to be profoundly disappointed, maybe even out some bucks for the CD or online download. That said, and yes it can be regarded a disclaimer, I want to share what looks like the real deal, waiting in the wings, with only the details of the release date still to be determined. Line up behind me for this anticipated new release.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:31 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:30 pm

Like Leonard Bernstein himself, there is absolutely nothing predictable about the music he wrote. None of the three amazing works Bernstein labeled as "symphonies" in any way resemble a conventional orchestral symphony.

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A Blog Supreme
9:34 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:06 am

Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

A "Happily Ever After" Opening To Ballet San Antonio Season

Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio is gearing up for their move into the Tobin next year, but first, there's this season.

"We start with Ben Stevenson’s 'Cinderella' and from there we go into 'The Nutcracker' with the San Antonio Symphony," says Ballet San Antonio’s Executive Director Courtney Barker. "We’re going to be having 'Firebird,' which is an exciting ballet with some mixed repertoire of contemporary works. And then finally we’re going to be doing a free community performance at La Villita."

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KPAC Blog
4:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Copperleaf Quintet Ready For New Season

Ruth Moreland at TPR.
John Clare TPR Arts

Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.

"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.

Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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Classical Music
4:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Isaac Karabtchevsky Conducts Villa-Lobos

Isaac Karabtchevsky
Wikimedia Commons

The year was 1982, I believe, when I first encountered the Brazilian conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky. He had come to guest conduct the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Philharmonic), of which I was a member. I have fond memories of the experience, especially the opening number of the concert, the “Overture to Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber. The orchestra loved playing for him and gave him terrific performances. I recall going out afterward with a group of musicians and Maestro Karabtchevsky, for drinks.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A New Season For Camerata San Antonio

Matthew Diekman Camerata San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio begins its next season by taking the show on the road. The popular local Chamber Music ensemble made up of San Antonio Symphony players has been dazzling south Texas audiences for the last decade.

Ken Freudigman, who plays cello in the group, dropped by to talk about their coming programs, starting in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We have music from Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, we’re doing some music of Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, music of Brahms and Mendelssohn, all throughout the entire year," he said.

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