Classical

10:24 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Placido Domingo: Not Slowing Down

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The closest thing to public radio on broadcast television, CBS Sunday Morning airs a profile of tenor Placido Domingo. "The voice shines more if the day before a performance you are quiet," he said. "I try to speak as little as possible. It's not that I am completely quiet, you know? But that's something that I respect, I have respected all my life. And I respect that."
(CBS News) When he's not saving his voice for his next performance, Placido Domingo is happy to talk, and he sat down with our Tracy Smith for some Questions and Answers: There are singers, there are opera singers, and then there is Placido Domingo. Even to non-opera fans, he is a force of nature.
KPAC Blog
4:22 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Ten Great Violin Albums Released In 2012

The modern violin
Wikipedia

The art of violin playing is alive and well, especially based on the virtuosity and volume of new artists along with the refined performances of old favorites. These are just a few of the incredible releases I recommend you revisit -- or hear for the very first time; these picks are great listening for yourself or perhaps that someone special in your life!

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KPAC blog: The Piano
1:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Holly & The Steinway: The Piano As A Christmas Tradition

Victorian Tree trimming party
Wikipedia

Think back to how families used to celebrate the Holidays. For some of us, it was sitting in front of the TV watching a Charlie Brown special, and going back another twenty years, Dad would play disc-jockey, keeping the records spinning on the Hi-Fi. Back another generation, families grouped around the piano with someone, who hopefully spent some time practicing, played Christmas carols for the mini-multitude to sing along.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Barber Of Seville: You Can Understand Rossini!

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro
Metropolitan Opera

It was habit in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to present operas, whatever their original language, in the language of the host country. Playbills of the past are filled with references toWagner's Il Sigfrido, or Mozart’s Il Fluto Magico, or Figaro's Hochzeit. The idea was, of course, to fill the seats. This is especially important in comedy, because what was the point if nobody got the jokes!

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Classical Spotlight
12:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Holiday Pops For All Ages With San Antonio Symphony & Children's Chorus

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.

The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.
Landfill Harmonic

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 9:13 am

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Deceptive Cadence
10:22 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:38 pm

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
8:45 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Interpreting Frida Kahlo (Through Music)

Frida Kahlo self-portrait 1944.
imaginarymuseum.net

Mention Frida Kahlo and we immediately think of the painter and the wide range of self portraits she produced during her troubled -- and at times anguished -- life. A recent recording by the Dublin Drag Orchestra with vocalist Clara Sanabras brings to light another side of Kahlo: occasional poet and writer. "La Vida Callada," ("The Unspoken Life") is included on the recently issued "¡Viva Frida!" from the Heresy record label. This track stands out for its balance of contrast and similarity to what the Dublin Drag Orchestra (DDO) has come to champion - early music.

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10:18 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Philip Glass and the "Qatsi" Trilogy

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Godfrey Reggio's groundbreaking trilogy of experimental films, "Koyaanisqatsi" (1983), "Powaaqatsi" (1988), and "Naqoyqatsi" (2002), were released for the first time on Blu-ray this month from the Criterion Collection. In this essay, former New York Times arts critic John Rockwell traces the evolution of Philip Glass's music, and how it works in these wordless films.
The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony By John Rockwell At this late date, with Glass having attained the patriarchal age of seventy-five, some of the polemics about minimalism have abated. He's still in some ways boyish, but he is also a father figure for generations of younger composers, some of whose music sounds in no way like his own.

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