The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.
The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio was formed in 2008, and though the group's history is a short one, their November 7 event at the San Antonio Museum of Art has a 100-year time time frame. The event celebrates composer Benjamin Britten.
"People all over the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth," said Paul Montalvo, the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through. The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.
"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,‚ÄĚ he says.
It's all exhibited at SAMA‚Äôs Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.
San Antonio is the headquarters of the United States District Court - Western District of Texas. The U.S. defenders office here has the second highest rate of cases per attorney in the entire country and we are looking at the single largest budget cut in the district's history. A minimum 25 percent of the¬†personnel will have to be let go, so what now?
Maureen Franco, the federal public defender here in San Antonio, gives us a look at what is going on in her office.
In 2006 San Antonio had the highest pet-euthanasia rate in the country, killing 13,560 animals. ¬†Last year it was 383. ¬†While we aren't yet considered a no-kill city, we have made a lot of progress. ¬†
Ruth Moreland loves pairing music with art. "There is something about singing in a space and having this art right there. Nothing better for the performers or the audience!" she says.
The Copperleaf Quintet, which Moreland founded and sings in, will set the galleries alive with songs about the Madonna. ¬†San Antonio Museum of Art hosts Copperleaf in the Spanish Colonial Gallery for a concert of Renaissance vocal music reflecting the art in SAMA's current "Rostros de Maria" exhibit.¬†