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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:40 am

How do classical artists grab attention these days? Simple — or, actually, not so simple at all. They build their fan bases on YouTube, one page hit at a time.

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Metropolitan Opera
12:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Riccardo Zandonai’s 'Francesca da Rimini,' Live

Finally together... in hell.
Gustave Doré Wikimedia Commons

Few single cantos of poetry have ever given as much to the world as Dante’s Canto V from the Inferno and the brief telling at the close of the love, death and afterlife of Francesca da Rimini.

Beginning with Dante in 1308 among the painters, musicians, painters , playwrights inspired by the tale can be included: Mercadante, Leigh Hunt, Ingres, Rodin, Rossini, Rachmaninoff, Doré (whose illustrations are reprinted to this day), Foote and of course Tchaikovsky, whose tone poem has done much to popularize the theme . 

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Deceptive Cadence
11:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:56 am

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Classical Spotlight
10:39 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Leaders Visit San Antonio

David Finckel and Wu Han
Courtesy of the artist

Husband and wife duo present romantic sonatas

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Deceptive Cadence
2:52 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Breaking: Pope Francis I Loves Opera

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 9:38 am

Here's a quick side note to today's big news ...

Immediately after the announcement of the papal election result and the name the new pope had chosen, Brian Williams of NBC News asked New York's Cardinal Edward Egan about the new pontiff, Francis.

"Your Eminence?" Williams said.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:43 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Marches Madness: Patriotic Pandemonium

"Putnam's Camp," by Charles Ives, depicts a small town Fourth of July fantasy.
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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed March 13, 2013

'Soldier Songs': Can Effective And Affecting Art Come Out Of War?

A scene from the theatrical staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at the Prototype Festival in New York in January.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:04 am

Making art out of war is an ancient path — either as a means to quite literally sing the praises of warriors' brave deeds and martial power, or to forward a particular political agenda, noble or not.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Oboist Ray Still: Still Keen on Music at 93

  Is there something in the water? Or is it the famous pizza which contributes to the longevity of service by so many of the principal musicians of the famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra? The record must surely belong to trumpeter Adolph Herseth, who held the first trumpet chair for 53 years, extending his tenure another 3 years as principal trumpet emeritus until his retirement in 2004. Then there was Arnold Jacobs, principal tuba with the CSO from 1944 until 1988.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:44 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Tell Us: Are Ballet And Opera Elitist?

In an age when we are hearing more music than ever, are opera and ballet elitist?
Carolina K. Smith iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 12:10 pm

It's a question virtually as old as the art forms themselves: Are ballet and opera elitist?

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