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4:20 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Camp KPAC: The Final Day!

L to R: Ramee Saleh, Alexia Salingaros, Madison Rogers, Ryan Rogers, Jillian Kouzel, and Lennon Maldonado.
James Baker

Today we wrapped up Camp KPAC 2013, the second year of the program. I took the first photo seen above on Monday. Camp coordinator Nathan Cone suggested on Friday that we take an "after" photo (next in series). Someone in the group (they are all sharp as tacks) quipped: "So they can see how we've grown." 

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Camp KPAC Interview
12:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Teenage Pianist Dedicates Herself To Her Art

Rhiannon Bishop performing at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.
Nathan Cone

[Editor's note: This report was produced by a student at Camp KPAC 2013, a week-long workshop to teach radio skills to area high school students.]  

Not every 15-year-old has the dedication to spend eight hours doing any one activity other than video games, but Rhiannon Bishop dedicates herself to practicing piano for that long each day, all while completing high school two years early. A home schooled student, Rhiannon studies with Ken Thompson, founder of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio (MACSA). In the future, Rhiannon has aspirations to pursue a degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summer Music Festivals, A Swipe Away

Pianist Katia Buniatishvili
courtesy of the artist

iPhone and iPad users have a great new app to explore classical music and live performances. Now in the Apple iTunes store, MediciTV Festivals is available for free. App users can stay connected following classical news through a Twitter timeline and medici.tv content from Facebook updates (shown on the right side of the screen.)

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KPAC Blog
9:26 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Four

"Action shot" of Camp KPAC students editing.
Nathan Cone

On the fourth day of Camp KPAC, the six area high school students who are learning radio with James Baker and Nathan Cone this week spent much of the day editing.

Madison Rogers, of Boerne High School, writes:

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KPAC Blog
10:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Cooking Up Conversations With Classical Musicians

Guests of the first 'Sarah's Prelude & Food'
courtesy of the artist

These days artists and organizations are reaching out to connect with audiences. Preconcert talks, galas, and  after show receptions are the norm. Even preconcert interviews and videos make up a large part of audience outreach.

There have been creative endeavors, including classical music cruises, new performances spaces like art galleries and bars, plus new social media outlets such as twitter, youtube, facebook, and instagram! You may have even seen classical cookbooks: Pavarotti's pasta, Die Oper Kocht, and a whole slew of others.

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KPAC Blog
11:23 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Three

Ramee Saleh listens to playback.
Nathan Cone

This week, six high school students are working with staff to learn basic radio interviewing and production skills, with the goal of having a finished project at the end of the week that combines words and music. On Wednesday, KABB Chief Meterologist Alex Garcia joined us to share his own professional journey through radio, television, and education, and we spent time interviewing the musicians who were in house yesterday.

Reagan High School student Ramee Saleh writes about today's experiences:

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KPAC Blog
2:19 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Listening To Wagner's Ring With A Roadmap Of Sorts

Richard Wagner
Courtesy of Wikipedia

I recently came across a steal. A friend on a social network posted that a recording was $6. That may seem normal for an mp3 release, or mildly cheap if you purchase an iTunes release for $9.99. But this particular recording was live from Bayreuth - the complete Ring der Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. Yes, all four operas.

The whole world has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth this year (his birthday is May 22). Summer festivals have been playing his music, and several cycles of the Ring are programmed for companies this fall and winter.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:58 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

Cellist Angelique Montes, resident advisor Melissa Willams and clarinetist Tom Jeon arrive at Purchase College, State University of New York to begin their NYO-USA adventure.
Chris Lee courtesy of Carnegie Hall

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 1:49 pm

This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev and violinist Joshua Bell.

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KPAC Blog
11:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day Two

Gabriela Barrera, one of last year's Camp KPAC students, performs.
Nathan Cone

As our Camp KPAC project continues, students got a first-hand look at recording techniques and fine musicianship today.  Jillian Kouzel of MacArthur High School writes:

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Classical Spotlight
4:21 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Q Chamber Music Series Cues Up Woodwind Quintets

Members of Q
courtesy of the artist

The newest chamber music series, Q, continues this week with an all woodwind quintet program. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, this weekend will mark the return of the formerly Boston based quintet, Q. "We struggled with the name, it was Quintuplets, Woodwind Fire (a pun on Earth, Wind and Fire), but we decided Q was best," says Berg.

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