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The KPAC Blog features classical music news and analysis.  From a detailed look at Wagner's masterpiece "Parsifal," to an inside look at the Latin Grammys, the KPAC Blog features writings about some of the music played on air as well as other interviews and essays about classical music.

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2:23 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

No Offseason Fiddling Around For Symphony Player Aimee Toomes

Aimee Toomes with Skype violin lesson.
Janet Toomes

The San Antonio Symphony’s season is done and won’t start until September. So what are all those musicians doing with their time?  I found out at least one of them isn't exactly kicking back for the summer. Aimee Toomes, who plays violin in the symphony, was one of those kids who picked up an instrument early.

“I started playing violin when I was a fourth grader in public school, and 20 something years later I’m a violinist with the San Antonio Symphony,” she said.

She’s no slouch when it comes to how she learned her trade.

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KPAC Blog
1:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What Does The Opening Of Tobin Center Mean For The Majestic Theatre?

The ornate inside of the Majestic Theatre.
Credit Courtesy photo

I've probably had half a dozen people worriedly ask me, "What's going to happen to the Majestic after the Tobin opens?" So I decided to ask the person most likely to know if there any truth to the rumor that the Majestic Theatre will be closing down after the Tobin Center opens.

“No truth to that rumor, not at all," said Mike Rilley, who is the Majestic’s general manager.

“The Majestic’s got next year probably as much programming as we’ve ever had,” he said.

So I asked him to detail exactly who's coming to the Majestic.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

America's Youth Orchestra Hits The Road — This Time, Playing For U.S.

The French horns of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA — a yearly summer project organized by Carnegie Hall — rehearsed Saturday in Purchase, N.Y., in advance of their tour around the country.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:23 pm

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KPAC Blog
2:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Ballet San Antonio's High Profile Hire

Amy Fote.
Jim Caldwell

Ballet San Antonio has hired a high-visibility retiring dancer with the objective of continuing to elevate the ballet.

“We are so thrilled to bring on a new artistic staff member: Amy Fote," said Ballet San Antonio Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche. "She’s coming to us as a retired principal dancer from Houston Ballet.”

I asked Zertuche about her job responsibilities.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:59 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

A Guitar Hero Draws His Own Sketches Of Spain

Milos Karadaglic's latest album, Aranjuez, released this July.
Lars Borges Mercury Classics

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:26 am

If you're a classical guitarist, it may be impossible to resist the pull of one iconic piece: the Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Many musicians regard it as the holy grail of guitar repertoire, including a man so big in the classical world he is known by only one name: Milos.

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KPAC Blog
3:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

New YOSA Executive Director Looks To Reach More Kids

YOSA in Vermont.
Courtesy YOSA

One of San Antonio’s iconic cultural attributes gets a new leader, although to call him new might be a slight exaggeration.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been interim director for the past year,” said Brandon Henson, who has worked at Youth Orchestras of San Antonio for quite some time but is now their executive director.

“(We've) got a lot of exciting opportunities ahead with YOSA," he said.

Turns out Henson has an interesting backstory himself.

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Music
12:55 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Every Composer Needs A Great Storyteller

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 10:39 am

The legendary German conductor Otto Klemperer was one of the most profound musicians of the 20th Century. In the 1960s, nearing the end of his career, he overcame many physical handicaps to create an astonishing body of recorded classical music. EMI has just reissued a broad spectrum of his recordings, including a box set of one of the composers he's most associated with: Gustav Mahler. Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review of Mahler: Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9 / Das Lied von der Erde.

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Classical Music
9:19 am
Wed July 16, 2014

How The 3 Tenors Sang The Hits And Changed The Game

Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, with conductor Zubin Mehta.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:00 pm

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KPAC Programming
1:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

San Antonio Symphony Returns To KPAC July 26

Sebastian Lang-Lessing conducts the San Antonio Symphnony
San Antonio Symphony

Experience the beauty and drama of live and local classical music on KPAC 88.3 FM beginning Saturday, July 26, as Texas Public Radio presents the very best of the San Antonio Symphony's 2013–2014 artistic season with a handpicked selection of concerts. Relive these world-class performances or experience them for the first time on both KPAC 88.3 FM in San Antonio and on KTXI 90.1 FM in the Hill Country, Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

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Classical Music
12:41 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Lorin Maazel conducing the Vienna Philharmonic in March 2010.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 10:58 am

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