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12:11 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Camerata San Antonio's Dvorak Concert Features Exciting Guests

Ken Freudigman
Camerata SA

The city’s Dvořák Festival begins tomorrow and Camerata San Antonio is getting ready for their performance on Sunday, January 19.   

"We are truly excited to be partnering with the San Antonio Symphony in their yearly festival," said cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman.

Camerata is a four-piece chamber ensemble that grows just a bit during these festivals.  

"This year Camerata will be partnering with the soloist pianist Michel Dalberto in the magnificent 'Piano Quintet in A Major,'" Freudigman said.

But Dalberto isn’t Camerata’s only guest.

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Classical Music
3:35 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

Rafał Blechacz has been named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. In 2005, he swept the five top prizes at the International Chopin Competition.
Felix Broede DG

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:19 am

Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.

The Gilmore may not have quite the name recognition as the Chopin Competition, but it has a distinguished cachet of its own, plus a generous $300,000 cash award.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
3:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

TPR Presents: Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak.
Wikimedia Commons

As part of the city-wide Dvorak Festival, Texas Public Radio invites members to TPR Presents: Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at Our Lady of the Lake University's Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St. There will be a dessert reception following the performance.

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KPAC Blog
4:53 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

SOLI Debuts Three New Commissioned Works In January Shows

The SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
Courtesy of the artist

Violinist and SOLI Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Ertan Torgul said his group specializes in contemporary classical music and has commissioned over 40 works in the group's time together.

They pay musicians to write new classical compositions and then SOLI debuts them in San Antonio.  

"All we’re doing really is performing stuff that is new, just like in Beethoven’s day," Torgul said.

Torgul reminds us that even the classics were contemporary at one time.

"We’re doing the same thing for today’s composers," he said.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:12 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo performs a Tiny Desk Concert in October 2013.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 7:03 am

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music. As a young girl in Vietnam, she knew she wanted to be a traditional musician, even though it was a world dominated by men. It was risky, then, when she pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons. He finally gave in, taking her on as an apprentice.

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KPAC Blog
4:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

San Antonio Symphony's Dvorak Festival Is Finally Here

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

Next Friday the San Antonio Symphony’s month-long Dvořák Festival begins. An enthusiastic Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing describes Dvořák’s cello concerto as an outstanding one, and "probably also is the most popular cello concerto ever written."

For the Dvořák debut, the symphony is bringing back Chinese cellist Jian Wang.

"He’s looking forward to coming back to San Antonio this season, and we are looking forward to kick off the festival with him," Lang Lessing said.

It all starts with the spirited "Carnival Overture."

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KPAC Blog
4:13 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Symphony Of The Hills Performs "America's Favorite Music" In New Pops Concert

The Symphony of the Hills will soon be playing a pops concert in Kerrville. 

"The title of this concert is America’s Favorite Music," said Conductor and Artistic Director Jay Dunnahoo, and he’s not kidding. The Symphony of the Hills’ January 11 concert at the Cailloux Theater runs the gamut of American music.

As Dunnahoo explained, the concert starts out with this one:

"'The Colonel Bogey March,' which is the music from the 'Bridge over the River Kwai,'" he said.

You may remember it as the popular song where the tune is kept by whistling.

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KPAC Blog
11:22 am
Tue December 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony's New Year Begins With Dvorak Festival

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

The San Antonio Symphony greets the New Year with the Dvořák Festival, which features a wide range of performances and guest artists. It all starts on Friday, January 10 and runs through February 9.

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Classical Music
11:28 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

The Pleyel piano factory, which once supplied instruments to Frederic Chopin, will close its doors at the end of the year.
Francois Guillot AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 2:47 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:28 am
Sat December 28, 2013

As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

Because of a bitter labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra has not played a single performance in its concert hall this year. The orchestra's music director, Osmo Vanska (pictured here), resigned in October.
Greg Helgeson Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Sat December 28, 2013 5:54 pm

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