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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Well, Here's The News From Lake Wobegon: Keillor's Coming To San Antonio

Garrison Keillor back in the early days
Prairie Home Companion

After 40 years of doing his program, he’s become, kind of, the grand old man of public radio. Meet Garrison Keillor, the person behind the legend. TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan reached him by phone Friday.

Prairie Home Companion is a public radio staple. But it sure didn’t start out as the powerhouse it now is.

“No, it was just, just having fun with radio. I had put in my time doing news and announcing classical music.”

Keillor started his broadcast career at Minnesota Public Radio.

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Arts & Culture
9:09 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Tobin Center For The Performing Arts Is Now Open!

Tobin stage.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opened to the public Thursday. People pushed vacuums, roaring over the new carpets as I entered the H-E-B Performance Hall. I spoke to San Antonio Symphony General Manager David Gross.

“All right, it’s come down to this, what do you think?” I said.

“We're very, very excited," Gross replied. "This is a game-changing moment for the arts in San Antonio.”

The McNay Museum’s William Chiego agreed.

“The colors and the shape and the amount of space is just beautiful,” Chiego said.

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KPAC Blog
3:04 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

YOSA Teams With Children's Chorus For Sept. 14 Tobin Performance

Troy Peters, Music Director, YOSA
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts continues to roll out events. At mid-month it’s featuring Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Here’s YOSA’s Music Director Troy Peters with the program's layout.

“A performance of "Peter and the Wolf," featuring YOSA and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. And we’ll surround that beloved family classic with a bunch of music exploring the cultural heritage of San Antonio,” he said.

Peters explained the reason for the wide program schedule in addition to "Peter and the Wolf."

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KPAC Blog
1:23 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Ballet Getting Tempo Right For Tobin Opening

Ballet San Antonio prepare for opening night at the Tobin Center.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Sebastian Lang-Lessing is gearing up for Thursday night’s opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Thursday I was at the last Ballet San Antonio rehearsal before the move into the Tobin and Lang-Lessing had acoustics on his mind.  

“There are two aspects to acoustics: There is the one, hearing on stage, but then there is the more important issue, how is the listening experience for the audience," he said. "And there are a lot of halls that are difficult onstage and wonderful in the hall. And there are other halls that are great onstage and bad in the hall.”

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KPAC Blog
12:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Making Last Minute Tobin Preparations

Credit Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens Thursday night. Last Thursday I watched the last pre-Tobin practice of Ballet San Antonio.

Dancers took it all in, clearly ready to make adjustments. Afterwards, I spoke to Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche and I asked how long it has been to get to this point.

“You know, we’ve been rehearsing for about five weeks: preparing the dancers, coaching them, getting them ready with choreography, and style, and those type of things," Zertuche said.

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KPAC Blog
11:05 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's "Black Swan" Talks Opening Night At Tobin Center

Sarah Pautz
Credit Alexander Devora

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in grand style next Thursday but this Thursday I spoke to to Sarah Pautz, principle dancer for Ballet San Antonio, who has a lot on the line that night.

As you’d expect, she’s a slight, delicate-looking person. But that look is deceptive. She’s muscular, determined and focused. The opening program on Thursday is a series of excerpts from popular productions, such as "Swan Lake."

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza

Nina Diaz and her band
Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing Talks About The New Tobin Center

Credit San Antonio Symphony

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens on September 4, and San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing described the new home for the symphony.

“I have to say it’s very chic. And it’s very stylish and modern, and yet amazingly intimate,” he said.

Lang-Lessing has been involved in the development in the Tobin for years. He said he thinks the Tobin will be the place for performing arts in the city, but he wanted to make this important distinction.

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KPAC Blog
3:33 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Holding Auditions For Children Interested In 'The Nutcracker'

Credit Still Life Photography

Ballet San Antonio’s production of "The Nutcracker" is still months away from its first performance, but here's something parents should note:

“This Saturday, August 23 we’ll have 'The Nutcracker' children’s auditions,” said Ballet San Antonio President Courtney Barker.

“Auditions will be held starting at 12 p.m. They’re going to be held at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, which is at 5200 Broadway," she said.

I noted to her that it has got to be a big deal for a young dancer to be a part of a large production like this.  

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Double Bassist Nicholas Browne's Summer In A Silo

Nicholas Browne practicing in Maine.
Esther Erbe

I've been doing a series with San Antonio Symphony musicians and how they are spending their summer vacations. Meet Nicholas Browne, who is one of the symphony’s newer members.

“In January I won the audition for the symphony, and in February I moved down to San Antonio and started the job,” he said.

The Pittsburgh native loves the city, the symphony, and his instrument, which is double bass.  

“It’s a difficult instrument,” he said.

I asked him to explain to people what a double bass is.

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