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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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Classical Music
2:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Band Concert To Show Off The New Sounds Of Trinity Baptist's Organ

Mark Rogers, conductor.
Credit Heart of Texas Concert Band

The all-volunteer Heart of Texas Concert Band usually practices and performs at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College, but twice a year, they have to vacate the space to make way for theatre arts productions.  As conductor Mark Rogers says, this fall, they decided to turn that obstacle into an opportunity.

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Classical Music
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Mastersingers Join With East Side Church For Anti-Apartheid Classic

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers are tackling a classic. This one might not be familiar to everyone, but is a classic because of what it’s about.

“It’s actually a very little-performed piece, called ‘Lost in the Stars,’ by Kurt Weill.”

John Silantien conducts the San Antonio Mastersingers.

“It sort of traces this anti-apartheid tragedy in South Africa.  And we’ve also invited a number of singers from St. Phillip's College to join us. So the piece involves a black choir and a white choir.”

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Deceptive Cadence
1:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

This weekend Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in several premieres, webcast live.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:03 am

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Brains have a "full-body" workout when their owners play music.
TED-Ed

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:20 am

"Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?"

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Arts & Culture
12:26 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Where The Song Comes From You, And The Spirit From Within

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society San Antonio Choral Society

It’s getting to be the time of year where holiday music performances pop up around town. I found one event a particularly interesting one. At the heart of it is the Messiah, but there’s something different going on here.

“This is not your typical performance because the performers are actually seated out in the audience. You will be the performers.”

That is the San Antonio Choral Society’s Jennifer Seighman. The audience members are invited to bring just their voices, and not their instruments.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Copperleaf Quintet Set To Make Impression At The McNay

Copperleaf Quintet
Photo by Corene

Two local institutions are teaming up for a unique in-exhibit performance. The McNay Museum of Art and the Copperleaf Quintet have got an interesting plan for the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 30.

“We do! Copperleaf is going to be singing at the McNay, in the Stieren Center, for their "Intimate Impressionism" Exhibit."

That's the Copperleaf's Ruth Moreland.

"We’re very excited to be bringing this music to that space. It’s a concert of French Salon Music.”

French music, French art — it sounds like an immersion in Frenchness.

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Classical Music
10:29 am
Thu November 20, 2014

San Antonio Symphony, USAF Band Team Up To Salute Troops

USAF Freedom Brass, performing in the TPR studios.
Nathan Cone

This Saturday night, the San Antonio Symphony and the US Air Force Band of the West team up to present their tenth annual Salute to Armed Forces concert at Laurie Auditorium.

Conducting the orchestra will be the San Antonio Symphony’s Akiko Fujimoto, and the program includes patriotic music by Aaron Copland, John Willams, and George M. Cohan. Fujimoto says the added touch of 13 brass players from the Air Force is a boon to the orchestra’s sound.

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Music News
5:17 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

Ela Stein Weissberger joins the cast of Brundibár for a final song.
Cheryl Corley

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:53 pm

Brundibár, a children's opera that premiered during World War II, became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. Now, Petite Opera, a small company in suburban Chicago, is reprising the opera, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.

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Music Interviews
10:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Isabel Leonard, Bringing Young Eyes And Ears To Opera

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano.
Credit Dario Acosta

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Stéphano in Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” Since then, her Met appearances have included Blanche in Francis Poulenc’s haunting “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” and Rosina in Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” which she reprises this season.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:26 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, who died in 1849.
General Photographic Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 3:47 pm

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