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5:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

Stowell (right) says Sendak (left) needed some convincing before he signed on to design a new Nutcracker. Their version of the ballet debuted in 1983.
David Cooper Pacific Northwest Ballet

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:32 pm

In Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker to that same ubiquitous Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky score. The ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl whose grandfather gives her a nutcracker at a party. One night, Clara goes searching for her nutcracker and walks right into a battle between a regiment of toy soldiers and a wily team of oversized rodents.

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3:21 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

How To Compose Music For A Movie About Music

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:28 pm

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Brand New New Year's Eve Event Waltzes Into The Tobin

Credit Mark Greenburg

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has slipped what they hope will become a new tradition into the city’s arsenal of yearend entertainment. The Strauss Festival starts soon, but the first Strauss highlighted isn’t Richard, it’s Johann.

“...Who influenced Richard Strauss quite a bit,” says the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director, Sebastian Lang-Lessing. He’s talking about that New Year’s Eve event at the Tobin.

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Movie Interviews
3:23 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Scoring The Screen: Thomas Newman And the Music Of 'Shawshank'

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 5:28 pm

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Seeing a movie isn't just about seeing. It's equally about hearing words and music.


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Holiday Programming
11:06 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Sounds Of The Season On TPR

Texas Public Radio celebrates the season this week with programming to get you into the spirit.

On KPAC 88.3 FM, holiday music will be broadcast throughout the day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Beginning at 9 p.m. on KPAC and KTXI 90.1 FM, James Baker hosts our annual broadcast of Voci di Sorelle's Christmas concert. Recorded live in the chapel of the University of Incarnate Word, the broadcast will be bittersweet; Voci di Sorelle, San Antonio's premier ensemble for women's voices, is calling it a day. 

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Holiday Programming
12:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Carols Of Alfred Burt On KPAC

Burt Family Christmas card

Oh my! The tears still flow, tears of joy tinged with sadness, as I prepare for yet another broadcast of "The Carols of Alfred Burt: A Legacy of Love." I first produced this program in 1997, prompted by my good friend Bill Ginn, who had been familiar with the 15 contemporary carols by Alfred Burt for a number of years. Bill had arranged several of these precious carols for both brass and woodwind quintets that I played with. "Tell me more about this music," I asked of Bill.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 11:31 am

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Here is a holiday tradition that seems as old as Christmas trees and mistletoe.


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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Enjoy Holiday Pops With A Dash Of Mariachi Style

Akiko Fujimoto
Liz Garza Williams

They will be packing the Tobin this weekend for one of the Alamo City’s standout holiday events. It's the San Antonio Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert.

“It’s going to be a big weekend.”

Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto details the event.

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Arts & Culture
1:40 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Singular San Antonio, Where ‘Blowing It’ Makes For Festive Fun

Tubameister Christmas at the Arneson River Theater
Hans Grim

This has to be one of San Antonio’s most distinctive holiday events. It’s one where people come from far and wide to blow their horn. Literally. And you can hear the difference from the very first notes.


“I think most of us who play the tuba enjoy what we do and are perfectly happy playing a supportive role most of the time.”

Meet Ray Grim, with the Tubameisters. Once a year, Tuba and Euphonium players converge and take over the stage.

“It’s become a community event. We actually have people come in from out of town to attend the concert.”

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

King William To Ring In The Season With Brassy Concert

San Antonio Brass at Villa Finale
Orlando Cortinas

It’s a combination of a fascinating setting and a unique concert. That fascinating setting is called Villa Finale.

“Villa Finale is the only National Historic Trust Site in Texas.”

Meet Villa Finale’s Sylvia Gonzalez.

“It’s located in the King William National Historic District, and was the last home of Walter Nold Mathis, who is credited with being the catalyst for revitalization of the King William Historic neighborhood.”

You’ve got a really interesting concert coming along on Thursday; tell us about that.

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