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Deceptive Cadence
10:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Cocktail Party Guide To Igor Stravinsky

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Don't be caught "Stravinsky deficient" as the big centennial of his Rite of Spring approaches.
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Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 3:21 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:49 am

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When Igor Stravinsky began composing The Rite of Spring, his ballet for vast symphonic forces, he could hear the music in his head but couldn't quite figure out how to write it down. It was just too complicated.

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Arts & Culture
1:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

100 Years Of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

Igor Stravinsky
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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Igor Stravinsky's landmark ballet "Le Sacre du Printemps," commonly known as "The Rite of Spring."

James Baker and Ron Moore, for many years co-hosts of KPAC's Alternate Routes, recently took time out to reflect on the meaning of 100 years of The Rite of Spring.

There are essentially two versions of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

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KPAC Blog
11:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

200 Years Of Richard Wagner And The Will Of Music

Photograph of composer Richard Wagner, Paris, 1861. Originally printed in the Galerie des hommes du jour.
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Wagner's incredible and improbable success is one of the fairytale's of high art. The late Jacques Barzun referred to his position in later life as: "That of a Lord of all the arts."

Randy Anderson has rightly commented on his association with the highest circles of the intellect and art: De Gobineau, Nietzsche, Semper, Meyerbeer, Berlioz and later Liszt, as Wagner would wed Cosima, the pianist's daughter.

So how did all this happen?

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Deceptive Cadence
1:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm

  • William Berger on 'Parsifal'
  • William Berger on 'Das Rheingold'
  • William Berger on 'Die Walküre'
  • William Berger on 'Tristan und Isolde'
  • William Berger on 'Die Meistersinger'

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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Classical Spotlight
11:56 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Opera Gala Premieres World Class Singers At The Majestic

Jay Hunter Morris
The-Wagnerian.com

The Opera San Antonio (TOSA) presents a "Gala Concert of Stars" at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. These stars include Patricia Racette, Jay Hunter Morris, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meacham, and Eric Owens.

TOSA announced Lisette Oropesa is replacing Susannah Biller, who was unavailable due to a schedule conflict.

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Krulwich Wonders...
1:04 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Little Metronome That Wouldn't

Classical Spotlight
3:08 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Chichester And Fern Hill On Horizon For Choral Society

Conductor Jennifer Seighman
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"Beyond the Horizon" is the season finale for the San Antonio Choral Society. The concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm will be led by Jennifer Seighman.

Seighman will lead Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, as well as music by living composers like John Corigliano. "I've based the program on poetry," Jennifer states. "What lies behind us, what lies before us, what lies beyond us - are tiny matters compared to what is within us. It comes from a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote."

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Classical Spotlight
9:43 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

French Master Shows Romantic Side With Mozart Gem

Pianist Michel Dalberto
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Two works share the San Antonio Symphony program this weekend with conductor Sebastian Lang Lessing: Shostakovich's Symphony No.8 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Michel Dalberto.

Audiences won't expect the romantic sounds of Ferruccio Busoni when they hear  the Mozart - but the Italian master wrote cadenzas (solo passages within the concerto) that Dalberto will play. 

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Classical Spotlight
11:14 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Music Of The Sun Lights Up Carver Center Friday

Ethel String Quartet
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For over 15 years, Ethel has been on the edge of chamber music - performing with rockers, on soundtracks, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the Grand Canyon.  

Friday evening is a chance to hear the string quartet live and in person, along with Native American flutist Robert Mirabal.

"It's beautiful stuff," quips Dorothy Lawson, artistic director and cellist of Ethel. "There's a profound sense of sinking into an altered space when we perform this program."

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