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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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Deceptive Cadence
4:20 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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Classical Music
11:06 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

A Hollywood Composer's Family Legacy Continues

Maria Newman, in 2007.
Credit Courtesy photo

Multiple Academy Award-winning composer Alfred Newman was the most well-known member of a family dynasty of musicians, composers, and conductors that includes David Newman (“Hoffa”), Randy Newman (songwriter and composer), and Thomas Newman (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “American Beauty”). Two new arrivals to KPAC offer a welcome introduction to Alfred Newman’s youngest child, Maria Newman.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:51 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."
JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:11 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:13 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 9:07 am

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

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Music
4:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Just In Time For Father's Day: Bad Dads In Opera

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:19 am

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman, who says his candidate for opera's most evil father is the character of Alberich from Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.

KPAC Blog
2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Sebastian Lang-Lessing On Symphony's 75th Birthday

Artist rendering of the Tobin Center, which will be the new home of the San Antonio Symphony beginning this fall.
Tobin Center

The San Antonio Symphony is marking a big landmark. Its first concert was 75 years ago this month.

Despite its age, the strapping, robust symphony has perhaps never looked stronger. Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about the symphony’s first concert 75 years ago.

“It was actually June 12, the concert that Max Reiter did," said Lang-Lessing. Reiter was the San Antonio Symphony’s first conductor.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 11:44 am

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The Source - June 11, 2014
1:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Source: San Antonio Symphony At 75

Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The San Antonio Symphony celebrates 75 years this weekend. The cultural staple has had a storied past with notable conductors, principles and headliners performing, including praise from the likes of Arturo Toscanini

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Education
5:57 am
Wed June 11, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:40 am

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.

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The Shizznit
10:30 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot

Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony performed his hit "Baby Got Back" amid energetic audience participation Saturday night.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:29 am

Violinists were nodding their heads to a different beat this weekend, as Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony presented what the rapper called "Orchestral Movements from the Hood Night." Their version of the hit "Baby Got Back" drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage.

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