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Deceptive Cadence
9:38 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.
Toccata Classics

Except perhaps for dedicated Russophiles, composer Vissarion Shebalin will most likely be a welcome new discovery. He was a student of Nikolay Myaskovsky, highly respected by Prokofiev and a close friend of Shostakovich.

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Classical Spotlight
3:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Award Winning Pianist Joyce Yang Returns To San Antonio

Pianist Joyce Yang
Oh Seok Hoon

Tuesday, January 22, Joyce Yang will return to San Antonio for a piano recital. She has played with the San Antonio Symphony, collaborated with violinist Augustin Haedlich, but this time will be solo at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. Her program has music by Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, and Rachmaninoff.

"The Second Sonata is a great example of that passion on the verge of hysteria. It is unusual Rachmaninoff in many ways - it was edited several times, and can seem schizophrenic!"

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Deceptive Cadence
12:08 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Join Us In NYC For Members Of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the ensemble made up of exciting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and across the Arab world.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:01 am

We're very excited and pleased to announce a special live event taking place Tuesday, Jan. 29: a rare and intimate evening with Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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Music News
8:59 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

Over a quarter century, Naxos Records has evolved from an industry joke to a leading force in classical music.
Naxos

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 11:22 am

This past year was a good one for Naxos Records. In fact, it's been a great quarter century for the company, which has grown from a budget-label punch line to a leading force in classical music recording.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
2:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Genius Times Three: The Music Of Nicolai Medtner

He knows what he wants from music
Wikipedia

Russian composer Nicolai Medtner had it all; he was a brilliant pianist who was a musical intellectual, and while he could have made a comfortable living playing the classics, he was devoted to his composition.

On The Piano this Sunday, three aspects of Medtner.

I first present the lyrical genius of the composer, then his love of structure and complexity with his theme and variations, and the program concludes with his grand expression of lyricism in the Ballade Concerto in e minor.

Deceptive Cadence
10:54 am
Fri January 11, 2013

One Way To Solve The Classical Music Labor Crisis

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
10:10 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Giuseppi Verdi’s 'Il Trovatore' - The Vindication Of Opera

Scene from the Met's performance of "Il Trovatore," the Anvil Chorus.
Ken Howard

One of opera's most comical and telling facts was that Giuseppe Verdi was poised at the height of his middle period -- between "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata"  -- to first tackle nothing less than "King Lear," until finally deciding on "Il Trovatore" (The Troubadour).

Could any two themes be less alike?

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Classical Spotlight
2:27 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New Year Takes Symphony Of The Hills To Broadway And Hollywood

Maestro Jay Dunahoo
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Great popular music of America, from Broadway to Hollywood, is featured Saturday night in Kerrville.

Typically, the Symphony of the Hills plays Thursday evenings. Nine times out of ten, they are also playing standard repertory, from baroque to modern masterpieces, but for their first concert of 2013, Symphony Director Jay Dunahoo had a new idea.

"Let's just try some different kinds of music, do it early in the year, and hopefully attract some people who might not normally come to a Symphony of the Hills concert."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:19 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Echoes Of 2012: A Classical Music Quiz

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall.
Ramin Talaie NPR

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 10:50 am

While the new year is still fresh, let's take a look in the rearview mirror at some of the noteworthy happenings in the classical music world. Were you listening last year? See if you remember the big, and not-so-big, stories from 2012 in our quiz.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Classical Spotlight
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

San Antonio Symphony's Jeff Garza Polishes Rare Mozart Gem

Jeff Garza at the TPR Studios
John Clare TPR

Jeff Garza solos with the symphony this weekend in Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto

You often see Jeff Garza at the back of the orchestra, leading the San Antonio Symphony horn section, but this weekend, you'll have the chance to hear Jeff also shine in a concerto, out in front of the orchestra!

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