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KPAC Blog
11:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Symphony Makes Latin Transformation For 'Fiesta Pops'

Akiko Fujimoto.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony is back in action this weekend, but they're not going to sound like they usually do. They won’t be playing Beethoven, Brahms or Bach, this weekend Fiesta Pops events have a little more picante than that.

“Fiesta Pops is our official Fiesta event, annually," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

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Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner Vadym Kholodenko Coming To San Antonio

Last year’s gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition was Vadym Kholodenko, and he's coming to San Antonio for a performance.

"I am very proud to be one of the Cliburn winners and this competition is very important, actually," Kholodenko said. "It stands as one of the four or five biggest competitions in the world."

Arts San Antonio is bringing Kholodenko to the Lila Cockrell Theater this Thursday, April 17. He’s playing solo, but he’ll also be doing some duets.

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Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

San Francisco Jazz Group Playing The Carver This Saturday

SFJazz Collective.
Jamie Tanaka

The Carver Cultural Center hosts another music night at the Jo Long Theater. The band playing is called the SFJazz Collective, and as to what kind of music do they do, I asked drummer Obed Calvaire.

"Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane," he said.

They also play their own original music. I asked him to describe the SFJazz Collective to someone who had never heard them.

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KPAC Blog
4:12 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Vocal Group Brings The Sounds Of Eastern Europe To Hunt, Texas

Voci di Sorelle, an all-women San Antonio singing group, is taking their show to the hill country.

“There are currently nine singers. It’s all a capella music," said founder Ruth Moreland. "We’ve been doing concerts all across Texas for the last ten years.”

Voci di Sorelle performs a lot in San Antonio, but Sunday, March 13 30, their free 3 p.m. performance is in Hunt, TX, which is west of Kerrville.

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KPAC Blog
12:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Prepare To Be Blown Away By The String Trio Coming To Boerne

Time for Three.
Amanda Reynolds

The Boerne performing arts series continues on Tuesday and I caught up with one of the performers, Zachary De Pue from the band Time for Three, a band whose music is difficult to classify. De Pue said all the members attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

“And we met there and jammed together outside of our classical studies and training," he said. "Each one of us, in addition to classical music, had a background in different styles.”

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KPAC Blog
1:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Copperleaf Celebrates Religious And Secular Singing With Two Performances

Copperleaf Quintet’s Ruth Moreland at the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

You’ve probably heard of San Antonio’s Copperleaf Quintet. Their soaring, pulled-from-a-different-era vocals have been heard locally in churches, museums and performance halls for the past four years. Now they have a pair of performances coming up.

“This upcoming concert this Sunday is actually part of the Music for St. Marks Series, which, that series is in its 22nd year," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.
Bexar County

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

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Arts & Culture
2:31 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Get Your Fat Tuesday Fix, San Antonio Style

So you can’t afford to spring for the flight, the hotel and the time off work to go celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Crescent City, so what do you do? I may have found the next best thing.

“Well, we’ve got a great Mardi Gras concert on Tuesday night at the Empire Theater,” said Brent “Doc” Watkins, whose band has something planned at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Aztec Theater's Near Death Experience

Aztec ticket booth.
Courtesy photo

There is far more to the Aztec Theatre's story than just its future -- its past and architectural pedigree are nothing short of fascinating. I spoke to San Antonio Conservation Society’s Sue Ann Pemberton, who said its architectural theme is called Mayan Revival.

"It was constructed in 1926 as one of the thematic theaters of San Antonio" Pemberton explained. "The Aztec, the Mixtec, the Zapotec, the Toltec and the Mayan cultures were all revealed here in this theater."

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Arts & Culture
4:40 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Aztec Theatre Is Reborn With a Little Help From Sam

Aztec lobby from the mezzanine
Courtesy photo

After years of disuse, the vintage 1926 Aztec Theater fronting St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets downtown, has now been re-imagined and completely re-modeled. But it almost didn’t happen that way.

“This was almost condemned, and this building almost came down and became a hotel,” said Sam Panchevre of popular restaurant and live music venue Sam’s Burger Joint fame. He describes what he's done at the Aztec.

"It’s an adaptive re-use of old architecture," he said.

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