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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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Terry Teachout, writing in this week's Wall Street Journal, provides a strong argument that it's time to give another listen to certain American composers of the mid-20th century. He refers to "America's forgotten great composers," and he's very specific in citing a quartet of composers who were active over a span from 1940-1970. A casual listener to classical music may not recognize any of these men, yet they were quite well known in their day.

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Jack Morgan

One of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) is going international, performing works in the cities where they were written. Last week, in a music hall on the University of Texas at San Antonio campus young people ages 14 to 18 were rehearsing for a tough performance tour to a highly revered place for music lovers.

Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio

It's a San Antonio music festival originally conceived over River Walk margaritas. Stephanie Sant Ambrogio created the Cactus Pear Music Festival 20 years ago, and she says this year's fest features three themes.

"One is that on every program there is one living, American composer."

Ambrogio fights the persistent notion that chamber music is stuffy, or just for old people. Presenting new works helps combat that.

The band Winger is perhaps best remembered for its late 1980s rock anthems, like "Seventeen." Its musicians could play. They wrote catchy songs, and of course, they had the hair. MTV viewers ate it up.

"Me being the Peter Pan of rock that I was, doing double pirouettes with my bass and you know, a real ham in the camera, it took off," says Kip Winger, the group's lead singer and bassist, who formed the band after touring with Alice Cooper in the late '80s.

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