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8:04 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mozart Festival Texas Debuts Third Season

Mozart Festival Texas, from July 26-August 2
courtesy of the artist

The music of Mozart has not gone out of style since his time, and the third incarnation of the Mozart Festival Texas has some of the master's greatest works on tap. "Of course, we feature other composers too," says founder and maestro Terry Frazor. "This year Beethoven, Brahms, and even Scarlatti get their due."

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Opera
11:50 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.
The Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 12:27 pm

It's not every day a great opera diva makes it to the century mark. So let's take a moment to cheer for Licia Albanese, the beloved Metropolitan Opera star, who celebrates her 100th today and who most likely would not care to be called a "diva."

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KPAC Programming
11:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC 88.3 FM

The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday night at 7:00 on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country. Actor (and music lover) Ricardo Chavira will once again host this year’s broadcasts. Each week, the “San Antonio Symphony on KPAC” showcases the very best of the Symphony’s concert season and provides classical music lovers the opportunity to relive the world-class performances or experience them for the first time.

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KPAC Blog
7:04 am
Mon July 22, 2013

"Mozart's Sister" A Good Choice For Summer Viewing

Available on Netflix & Amazon
from Amazon

With temperatures in the triple digits and repeats on television, it is easy to turn to the movies. Summer blockbusters have been hit and miss so far in 2013, and with streaming so easy these days with Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, and Amazon, our own John Clare has been scouting out some great titles and performances for you:

I really adore Mozart's Sister ("Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart") a 2010 film I ran across on Netflix (and available to stream on Amazon too). It can easily be compared to Amadeus - thoroughly entertaining, while historically inaccruate.

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KPAC Blog
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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