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8:06 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Flying Colors For Lark Quartet Playing Higdon

Just out from Bridge Records, An Exultation of Larks
Courtesy of Bridge Records

Three new chamber works on new Bridge cd

While the Tokyo String Quartet commissioned and premiered "An Exaltation of Larks," it is almost poetic that the Lark String Quartet has recorded the work by Jennifer Higdon. In fact, the larks have quite a history with new music and Jennifer Higdon.

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KPAC Blog
12:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Updated: Last Weekend Of Public Radio Music Month At KPAC!

Conductor David Mairs, Mid Texas Symphony
Chris Eudaily/TPR

Update: (April 24 at 2:00 p.m.) We start the homestretch of Public Radio Music Month with an encore airing of The Five Browns Live in Boerne on Saturday, April 27  at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, April 28 at noon, David Mairs from the Mid Texas Symphony kicks off a day of guest DJs.

Sunday's schedule:

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KPAC Blog:
4:11 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Ana Cervantes: Musical Midwife

Ana Cervantes
Ana Cervantes

Critics consider Ana Cervantes –daughter of a Nebraska (USA) mother and a Mexican father– “a physical, emotional performer, with extraordinary touch and mastery of tone and colour”; an artist of “commanding intensity,” “great interpretive qualities and enormous passion”.

Her special ability to function as interlocutor between cultures, her charismatic stage presence and imaginative programming which embraces both contemporary and traditional repertoires, have earned her the accolade “ambassadress for the music of Mexico”.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Irving Berlin's Holiday Big Three

Irving Berlin
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 Irving Berlin is one of those who could easily have written a couple of songs, then retired to fame and great wealth. But like most highly creative people, his life was one of ceaseless creation, to the very end. Among his more than 900 songs are three which might be described as his Holiday Big Three: “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and “Easter Parade."

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Deceptive Cadence
2:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Wendy Maeda Boston Globe via Getty Images

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KPAC Blog: Book Review
2:10 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Life After Death With Bess Lovejoy's New Book About The Fates Of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Simon and Schuster

I don't know what it says about me, but when a new book was sent to TPR called "Rest in Pieces," I was deemed the person to review it.

I have been in love with spooky stuff since I was about four and my horror movie collection is huge, but I think of myself as a fairly regular fellow. If you are lucky enough to read, retain and enjoy disturbing and arcane facts, this book is for you.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:17 pm

For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for many musical settings of the Passion story. J.S. Bach is still the benchmark when it comes to composing Passions. His St.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:59 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata,' The Opera Of Operas

Metropolitan Opera

There are a handful of operas that define the genre; their time period irrelevant and their themes go to the very heart of the human condition.

We live with these creations daily without our knowing it and they are the very musical air we breath. They exist in the opera house, on the the concert stage (without scenery), in the recital hall (as excerpts, arranged for piano), in the elevator, on the radio, in the lightest cartoons and the darkest dramas - and yes, in the shower.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:04 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Turkish' Mozart, Jazzed By An Expert

The Mehter Turkish Army Band, wearing traditional Ottoman Era costumes, in a 1957 photo.
Douglas Miller Getty Images

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8:40 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dvorak Dazzles With Cypress Quartet's New Release

Cypress Quartet interview by John Clare
Nathan Cone TPR

The Cypress String Quartet has been together for over 15 years, and the latest project shows their roots - and their uncanny charm in Antonin Dvorak's "Cypresses," & "Opus 106." The album also marks their first recording with Avie Records, having previously produced their own albums and worked with Naxos and Summit Records.

The Cypress Quartet's playing is refined and passionate. Both works on the album are highly crafted, although they come from different times in Dvorak's life, and the quartet allows each to shine. 

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