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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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KPAC Blog
5:19 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Austin Baroque Orchestra Heads To Fredericksburg For 'Haydn Go Seek'

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Justin Cole Photography

Fredericksburg will soon host a rare music performance. Austin Baroque Orchestra Music Director Billy Traylor described them this way:

“We’re a period instrument orchestra so we perform music from the 17th and 18th century on replicas of instruments from that time," Traylor said.

This comes from a time before metal strings and before wind instruments had valves. If you listen to the audio package above, you can hear the Austin Baroque Orchestra, and it is different. 

I asked Traylor about their upcoming concert in Fredericksburg.

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KPAC Blog
11:22 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Symphony Of The Hills Presents A Show Of "Storm And Stress" In Kerrville

Symphony of the Hills
Full House Productions

The Symphony of the Hills plays Thursday night in Kerrville. I spoke to Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director of the symphony to find out more about the concert with an interesting title.

“Storm and Stress—Symphonic Adventures," Dunahoo said. "As the title implies, there are some storms and there is some stress. We built this theme around the pieces they’re playing.”

The pieces they’re playing are stormy and stressful, but in a good symphonic kind of way.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:33 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:02 pm

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Around the Nation
3:20 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Alice Herz-Sommer, Pianist And Holocaust Survivor, Dies At 110

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:02 pm

Renowned concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, once thought to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor, has died at age 110. Her story is told in the Oscar-nominated film, The Lady in Number 6.

KPAC Blog
2:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

World Music Symposium Features Eastern European Flair

Ruth Moreland.
John Clare TPR Arts

There’s a unique training opportunity coming up for singers in San Antonio.

“I’m not sure there’s ever been a world music symposium in San Antonio before, so Benissimo Music is collaborating with Trinity University and we’re going to put on this wonderful two-day event" said Benissimo Music's Ruth Moreland.

Moreland said there will be master classes and they are bringing in Balkan music specialist Eva Salina Primack.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110

Alice Herz-Sommer in July 2010.
'The Lady in Number 6' AP

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:46 am

  • From the documentary 'The Lady in Number 6': Alice Herz-Sommer says whether life is good or not 'depends on me.'

There are many remarkable things to say about Alice Herz-Sommer, who until her death in London on Sunday was thought to be the world's oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.

To start with, there's her age: Herz-Sommer was 110.

Then there are the people she knew, including writer Franz Kafka — who died in 1924.

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KPAC Blog
2:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Renee Fleming To Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season

Renee Fleming will help open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th anniversary season.
Andrew Eccles Decca

I talked to the San Antonio Symphony's Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing today and asked what many in the arts community are wondering: who will be the focus of next year’s music festival?

“Richard Strauss,” revealed Lang-Lessing.

“For me it was just a natural way to celebrate the 75th anniversary with a Strauss festival," he said.

It's the San Antonio Symphony’s 75th year of playing and to get that anniversary started right, he had another big announcement.

“We open with Renee Fleming, so I’m very thrilled that this works out,” Lang-Lessing said.

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Sacred Harp Singers Bring A "Primal Sound" To San Antonio

Dan Brittain leads Sacred Harp singers at Coker United Methodist Church.
Mike Hinton

This weekend hundreds of singers will gather in San Antonio, but what they sing isn’t common. So much so that I had to look up Sacred Harp singing to be sure of what it was. After doing so, I caught up with a pair of its practitioners in a noisy Portland Oregon train station.

"It’s an old southern hymn tradition that’s still alive, and in the last 10 or 20 years has broken out of the south and taken root worldwide," said John Berendzen.

Jessica Beer describes it this way:

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KPAC Blog
11:35 am
Wed February 19, 2014

March Chamber Choir Performance Features "Saucy, Lively, Joking" Madrigals

San Antonio Chamber Choir Facebook

Many of us may think of chamber choir music as formal and perhaps a bit stuffy. But after speaking to San Antonio Chamber Choir Board President Carl Leafstedt, maybe we've come to that conclusion too quickly. First, Leafstedt reminds us of exactly who they are and what they do.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is an organization of professional voices, it’s a paid choir of many of the city’s top voices" he said. "Our mission is to perform music that is not often performed in South Texas -- very difficult and unusual repertory sometimes, at the very highest levels."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:40 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the pilot of Mozart in the Jungle as a hyper-charming young conductor on the rise.
Courtesy of Amazon

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:08 pm

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