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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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KPAC Blog
10:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Camp KPAC: Day One

This week, KPAC's James Baker and yours truly are working with a group of area high school students, offering them an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of radio production. We'll be recording and interviewing young classical musicians, and editing the material into a final project using the techniques they learn.  One of the students, Lennon Maldonado, a recent Thomas Jefferson High School graduate who will be attending San Antonio College in the fall, had this to say about today's experience:

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Deceptive Cadence
8:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Tracing The Spirit Of The Early American Symphony

Amy Beach, with her 1896 "Gaelic" Symphony, was among America's early symphonic composers.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:21 am

Leonard Bernstein, in a New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert, once summarized the late 19th century as the "kindergarten period" of American music and proceeded to make fun of George Whitefield Chadwick, Boston's leading composer from that period. But in citing Chadwick's Melpomene Overture, Bernstein stacked the deck.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:21 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That's A National First

Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City.
Chris Lee

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 12:22 pm

It's a hot summer afternoon and the recital hall at Purchase College is abuzz with excitement and nervous energy. One hundred and twenty teenagers, from 42 states, are about to embark on an extraordinary musical and personal journey.

Clive Gillinson, executive director of Carnegie Hall, steps up to the podium to greet them. "Welcome to all of you," he says. "It's wonderful to welcome you here to the first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America!"

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Young Composer Unites Sounds And Friends

Violinist and Composer Darian Thomas
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Strings and Songs and Solidarity! - a concert featuring compositions by Darian Thomas, will be performed by high school and college musicians this weekend at the Carver Community Cultural Center.  Thomas hopes you'll "support the contemporary classical music scene of San Antonio, and enjoy the vibrant sounds of youth coming together for a common goal!"

Here is a great example of Darian's artistry, a performance from last May with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio's Philharmonic Orchestra and Troy Peters:

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KPAC Blog
9:59 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

Vi Hart explains twelve-tone serialism on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:44 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Some of the 200 guitarists who took part in Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival in August 2009.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 9:12 am

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Classical Spotlight
7:56 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Cactus Pear Music Festival Heats Up With Strings

Pianist James Winn and Violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio
courtesy of the artist

More concerts and outreach events are on tap for the Cactus Pear Music Festival's 17th annual season this week. 

Three young people's concerts are free and open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoons. The musicians of the Young Artists Program, led by Craig Sorgi, play on these concerts. They will also perform Sergei Prokofiev's Overture on Hebrew Themes on the festival finale Sunday evening.

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