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The KPAC Blog features classical music news and analysis from South Texas and around the world. 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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Ben Johnston doesn't follow the rules of music. Sure, he's got degrees from two colleges and a conservatory. But from an early age, Johnston heard music differently. When he was growing up in Georgia, he questioned the standard scales he was taught in school. "I played by ear and I invented my own chords," he says.

Norman Klaunig

Many of us enjoy The Nutcracker this time of year, we found someone with an even greater reason to like it. She's Boerne's 18 year-old Victoria Klaunig, and her reason is this.  

"I will be performing The Swan to open the Moscow Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker on Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre."

As of January, Robert Hurwitz will no longer be president of Nonesuch Records, a job he’s held since 1984. Here & Now‘s Robin Young talked with Hurwitz about his work for the label in December 2015.

“To the people on the corporate side, it’s the notion of spending their money as if it’s your own money,” Hurwitz said. “In terms of the artists’ side, it’s respecting their art and their craft.”

In hundreds of cities across the U.S. –- and a few abroad, too –- tuba and euphonium players are gathering for an annual tradition: TubaChristmas. The mandate of the event is simple: Gather a group of tuba and euphonium players and play holiday songs. Its scope, however, is large: These gatherings can include hundreds of tuba players, and this weekend alone, there are more than 60 TubaChristmas events from Hattiesburg, Miss, to Las Cruces, N.M. to San Ramón, Costa Rica.

Arts San Antonio

A Christmas classic is being staged this weekend.  From the first lilting bars, most people recognize music from the Nutcracker (to hear, hit Listen).

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