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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

World Class Music In Historic Building, At Bargain Basement Price

San Fernando Cathedral
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Fernando Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest and most distinctive buildings and over several centuries, these walls of stone have reverberated with the sound of the faithful. On Nov. 9, they will reflect the sound of two talented musicians, in a very special concert.

“The concert is entitled 'Under the Tuscan Sun.'”

Anya Grokhovski runs Musical Bridges Around the World, the nonprofit behind the event.

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Music
1:32 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

'Merry Widow' Operetta: Stage Versus Screen

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 3:21 pm

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Classical Music
12:41 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You Can Join SOLI On Stage

David Mollenauer, Stephanie Key, Ertan Torgul, Carolyn True.
Credit SOLI Chamber Ensemble

How would you like to perform at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts? This fall you can, as part of a collaboration between KPAC 88.3 FM and SOLI Chamber Ensemble! SOLI, San Antonio's premier chamber ensemble devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, invites you to be a part of its season opening performances on December 1 at the Tobin Center or December 2 at Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Concert Hall.

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Music News
9:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave

Robert Schumann wrote his Violin Concerto in 1853.
Josef Kriehuber Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:40 pm

Classical music meets Halloween and the paranormal Thursday night when the National Symphony Orchestra plays the Schumann Violin Concerto, a work buried for nearly a century and recovered — or so the story goes — by a message from the beyond.

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Arts & Culture
8:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Sacred Latin Texts: An Incredible Sound Is Coming To Town

New York Polyphony
Chris Owyoung

Their music sounds almost other worldly. They’re called New York Polyphony, and if you’ve never heard of them, it’s because their musical genre is relatively obscure.

“Singing Latin, sacred, texted polyphony.”

It’s also called early music. That’s countertenor Geoffrey Williams. They’ve traveled the world and have many fans here in Texas. In fact…

“We’ve sung in the state of Texas more than we’ve sung in the state of New York.”

I had to interrupt--"So you’re saying New York Polyphony has sung more in Texas than it has in New York?"

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Deceptive Cadence
5:26 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is singing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:39 pm

Maybe this trajectory mirrors the Kansas City Royals' unlikely road to the pennant: An opera star beats out much more mainstream artists to sing the national anthem at the decisive World Series Game 7.

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Classical Music
10:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Opera Piccola Opens A Window Onto Suburban America In The 1950s

Kristin Roach, Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio.
Credit Janet Rogers

It’s a good time to be an opera fan in San Antonio. In addition to the newly-formed Opera San Antonio, Opera Piccola, led by longtime singer and impresario Mark Richter, opens their third season this weekend at the historic Empire Theatre. On the bill are two one-act operas that capture America in the 1950s.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cloud Illusions: Intimate Impressionism On KPAC

van Gogh: Flower Beds in Holland
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

It was Joni Mitchell who penned the lyric “it's cloud illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all.” I'm not sure why, but this song, "Both Sides Now," always comes into my mind when I turn my eyes toward the heavens to better see the clouds.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:36 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Danish String Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Starff

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 7:03 am

An abundance of facial hair is not restricted to the sensitive male indie-rocker set. Three of the four players in the Danish String Quartet could easily pass for hipster Brooklyn beard farmers. "We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard," the group's website says.

Yet what's really important about the ensemble is how they play — and judging from this performance behind Bob Boilen's desk, these Nordic lads possess warmth, wit, a beautiful tone and technical prowess second to none.

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Music Interviews
10:57 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Music To Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Halloween approaches, doesn't it? Hobgoblins and witches, and we don't just mean the campaign season. No artist was more successful at producing the sinister by suggestion than Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's Saturday morning, why don't you all take a nice shower?

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