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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
10:17 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Richard Wagner’s Apotheosis, 'Parsifal'

Jonas Kaufman stars in the title role of Wagner's 'Parsifal'
Metropolitan Opera

Richard Wagner’s "Parsifal," his final opera, was created in parallel with his greatest creations including "The Ring" and "Tristan." It took him just over 30 years and several revisions before it was finally presented in 1882.

It is viewed as his most refined and elaborate work and it at times leaves people feeling that it is too profound to even applaud. In a comic twist, this bothered the composer; when Wagner would applaud a certain scene he would be hushed by members of the audience.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Remembering Van Cliburn, A Giant Among Pianists And A Cold War Idol

A youthful Van Cliburn, captured mid-concerto.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:37 am

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KPAC Blog: Texas Musicians
12:21 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn: A Heart As Big As Texas

Van Cliburn
dallasvoice.com

I first heard Van Cliburn live in 1969. He played a concert at Austin's Municipal Auditorium, a barn of a place, to a sold-out audience. I was, in the vernacular of the time, blown away.

As soon as the concert was over, I rushed down from my balcony seat to wait in the long line of well wishers for my opportunity to have my program autographed. By this time, Mr. Cliburn had actually come down into the audience. He was, in a sense, a man of the people.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Benedict And Beethoven: The Outgoing Pope's Musical Life

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the audience at Milan's La Scala opera house where he heard a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Daniel Dal Zennaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 8:18 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves court in Paris Tuesday after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request for a new book by Argentinian-born Marcela Iacub detailing their liason.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

If I wrote operas, my next work would be called DSKNY. That's a snazzy abbreviation for Dominique Strauss-Kahn New York. The idea came last night when colleagues invited me for cocktails at the Sofitel Hotel, the site of DSK's alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in 2011, and the beginning of his fall from grace.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:27 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Remembering Wolfgang Sawallisch, A Conductor Who Blossomed In Philadelphia

The late conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, captured in rehearsals for a recording of Wagner's Die Meistersinger.
Vivianne Purdom courtesy of EMI Classics

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:30 am

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KPAC Blog
9:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sant'Ambrogio Swoons With Koenig For Newest Release

Now out on Sebastian Records, The Chopin Collection
Courtesy of the artist

Chopin, original and transcribed, for cello and piano

The very latest from cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio, a collection of Chopin's music, actually began a few years ago when she was asked to perform a Chopin recital in Austin.  "Suddenly two other pianists asked me to do [Chopin] recitals as well!" says Sant'Ambrogio. "So I started thinking and researching, how do you fill a whole recital after you have the [Cello] sonata and polonaise..."

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Classical Spotlight
9:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Choir's National Tour Stops In San Antonio Friday Night

Rene Clausen and the Concordia Choir
Courtesy of the artist

Concordia Choir travels across 8 states in only three weeks

The Concordia Choir from Concordia College in Minnesota performs in San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church (502 East Nueva Street). The concert is part of the choir’s 2013 tour, which includes performances across eight different states: Des Moines, Kansas City, Fort Smith, Houston, Oklahoma City, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013): RIP

  The music world suffered a significant loss on Friday, February 22, with the passing of the German conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch. He was 89. His resume is beyond reproach. He is likely best known in the US through his 10 years as the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra (he succeeded Riccardo Muti and was subsequently succeeded by Christoph Eschenbach). His remarkable career covered more than half a century.

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KPAC Blog
10:08 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

How To Make A Trumpet Player

Chuck Berginc
Phoenix Symphony

Years ago, in the late 1970s, Chuck Berginc joined the San Antonio Symphony as the orchestra's second trumpet. Chuck's career later took him to several years as principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and more recently (if 30 years can be considered recent) principal with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful professional trumpet player? Everyone has their own story, so here is Chuck's, in his own words (and notes).

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