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Arts & Culture
4:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tobin Takes YOSApalooza To The River Walk

Troy Peters
Jack Morgan

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio have an interesting performance scheduled for Sunday, and it’s got a heck of a name.

“YOSAPalooza is a concert with more than 400 musicians.”

Troy Peters is YOSA’s Music Director.

“All of the different levels of the YOSA experience, share in one concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.”

I also spoke to YOSA member Victoria Acuna.

“I play violin. I’m in the YOSA Philharmonic; I’m in my third year.”

When you think back on those three years with YOSA — do you have a favorite experience?

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Deceptive Cadence
8:57 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society, now celebrating its bicentennial.
James Doyle Handel and Haydn Society

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:14 pm

Boston's Handel and Haydn Society is one of the oldest continuously running performing arts organizations in the country. To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first works it staged nearly 200 years ago. Still, the Handel and Haydn Society is very different from what it was when it started.

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Arts & Culture
3:53 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Sleigh Bells Will Be Ringing In Seguin's Holiday Concert

David Mairs
Joseph Plumeyer

A local symphony has set a holiday-themed event for this weekend. They’re Seguin's Mid Texas Symphony.

“This is our thirty-seventh season.”

Artistic Director David Mairs.

“And we play half of our concerts in Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran Auditorium in Seguin, and the other half in the Performing Arts Center at Canyon High School in New Braunfels.”

Now, you’ve got a concert coming up on Sunday, is that right?

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Music Interviews
2:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Soprano Renee Fleming Releases A Christmas Album

Renee Fleming's new album is "Christmas in New York." (© Timothy White/Decca)

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:26 pm

Famed soprano Renee Fleming has performed numerous times at the Metropolitan Opera, she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl and she’s won several Grammy awards for her classical recordings. But until this year, Fleming had not made a holiday album.

Now she’s released “Christmas in New York,” where she collaborates with musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti and Rufus Wainwright.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Weekend Chamber Choir Events Promise Big Music, Holiday Cheer

More musical holiday cheer is coming your way, and it’s coming by way of the San Antonio Chamber Choir.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is a superb group of singers that is joined together by their love and passion for music.”

Rick Bjella knows; he’s their Music Director. This weekend, they have a pair of holiday-themed events. 

“On Saturday, Dec. 13, we have a performance at the chapel at Oblate School of Theology, and on Sunday, Dec. 14, our premiere performance at the Alvarez Studio Theater at the Tobin Center.”

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Holiday Spirit And Live Music Served Free, Lunch A Little Extra

Organ at First Presbyterian Church downtown
courtesy First Presbyterian Church

If you’re looking to stoke your holiday spirit, these should do it. They're called Midday Noels, and they happen this and next Thursday.

“Midday Noels is a concert series.”

Tom Dooling is Music Director for First Presbyterian Church.

“[It’s] a way to give folks a way to hear short concerts in the middle of their day, especially for folks who are on a lunch break downtown.”

You can walk over to the church at noon and get a great big dose of live Christmas music.

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Arts & Culture
7:41 am
Tue December 9, 2014

A Holiday Tradition Closing In Grand, Final Performance

Voci Di Sorrelle, Ruth Moreland at bottom right
Abby Prescott

A classic vocal ensemble in San Antonio is calling it a day.

“This is the farewell performance for Voci Di Sorrelle, and it’s the twelfth Christmas Concert that we’ve given.”

Ruth Moreland created Voci 11 years ago, but several members’ lives have changed substantially in that time.

“It was just time to say farewell,” she explains.

And they’re saying goodbye in the form of a holiday concert, at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word at the University.

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Arts & Culture
11:19 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

AtticRep And SOLI Want To Dance With You

Hot on the heels of SOLI Chamber Ensemble's collaboration with the community for a performance of Terry Riley's liberating work "In C" comes another opportunity for you to take the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
2:36 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

TPR Presents: Richard Strauss

1918 portrait of Richard Strauss.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

This January, the San Antonio Symphony is spearheading a city-wide festival celebrating the dramatic music of Richard Strauss (1864-1949), the acclaimed composer of “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” “Don Juan,” “Death and Transfiguration,” and the daring opera “Salome.”

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Deceptive Cadence
10:01 am
Sat December 6, 2014

In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments.
Graziano Panfili for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:05 pm

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive.

But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari's trees are doing better than ever.

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