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Classical Spotlight
11:42 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Fredericksburg Chorale Brings Old And New Together For Christmas Concerts

Mark Hierholzer
Fredericksburg Chorale

Christmas Concert includes Bach, Saint-Saens and Hierholzer

It is a busy time of year, but the Fredericksburg Chorale are prepared and ready for three concerts Friday and Saturday.

"We have all ages: sixteen, seventeen, twenty-year-olds to ninety, and ninety-five-year-old members! It really is a great mix, and a delight to hear the teamwork," says director Mark Hierholzer.

Hierholzer will have a new work on the program and lead selections from the keyboard.

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Arts & Culture
1:26 am
Sun November 25, 2012

On Itinerarios This Week: The 2012 Latin Grammys

The Grammys are important even if they relegate most of the classical awards to the afternoon well before the television cameras begins to roll, and it's much the same at the Latin Grammys, except more intimate, according to recording editor and mastering engineer Paul Blakemore.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

The American Way On 'The Piano'

Dixie Flag Company

This country is always in motion, or as one shipping company calls it "moving at the speed of business." Before the question of slavery became a civil war, American's enjoyed their minstrel shows, and after the conflagration, touring minstrel shows were once again one of this country's favorite pastimes.

This Sunday on "The Piano," music that has many fathers, music that comes together, ferments a bit and becomes something new - different and distinctly American.

Deceptive Cadence
3:13 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music

As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world.
Stephen Taylor

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 3:36 am

Missy Mazzoli, a 32-year-old composer from Brooklyn, says she never wanted to write an opera until she read the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss adventurer from the turn of the 20th century. Oddly enough, Mazzoli first learned about Eberhardt while listening to NPR. Years later, she stumbled upon the explorer's journals in a bookstore.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Soundtrack Review: "Lincoln"

Credit Sony Music Entertainment

Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams’s long and fruitful collaboration continues with “Lincoln.”  The prolific Williams draws upon folk styles to create an impression of America’s 16th president.

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Classical Spotlight
2:05 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
12:42 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

A Holiday Special, J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Johann Sebastian Bach at 61 years old.
Elias Gottlob Haussmann Wikipedia Commons

Last week, we played Wagner's Parsifal, which is often referred to as an Opera-Oratorio. This week, for the beginning of the holiday season, it's Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion; in its turn, the work is often called a Concertante Opera. If ever there was an oratorio that called out to be dramatized, the St. Matthew Passion is it. While living in New York, I met many scenographers who dreamed of the day they'd have a shot at the cosmic drama. Also termed, "The most monumental musical drama before the Ring," Bach's passion has it all.

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KPAC Blog
9:19 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Ten Thankful Classical Songs

Traditional Thanksgiving
Credit Wikipedia

We love Top Ten lists just as much as the next guy, so here goes our Thanksgiving Edition! (click on the title to hear an example!)

#10. Leonard Bernstein: Turkey Trot (Divertimento)

#9. Trad, arr Carmen: Turkey in the Straw

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Deceptive Cadence
7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.
De Agostini/Getty Images

If Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach wrote a dull piece of music, I've not yet heard it. And even if there is a workaday piece or two lurking within his 300 keyboard sonatas, you certainly won't find it on this new album by British pianist Danny Driver, who deftly uncovers the surprising restlessness of the music.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:23 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 10:00 am

A new book, a new recording and some old instruments, all addressing the most memorable phrase in music: the opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Matthew Guerrieri has written a book about this symphony, called The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination. Guerrieri writes about how Beethoven's piece resonated with everyone from revolutionaries to Romantics, and German nationalists to anti-German resistance fighters.

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