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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
12:31 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Austin Baroque Orchestra Comes To San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra
Courtesy of the artist

If you like Classical music and history, there’s something coming to San Antonio that you’ll probably want to see: The Austin Baroque Orchestra.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Texas Children's Choir Commemorates WWII Hero

The Texas Children’s Choir is heading to Hondo, but that’s only a small step compared to where they’re going next summer -- Normandy Beach in France, where Americans invaded on D-Day.

Volunteer Laura Force, whose 9-year-old daughter is in the choir, said that common purpose is the key to the choir’s success. She talked about Choir Director Dr. Thomas Hardaway’s efforts with the children:

"Dr. Hardaway instills in the children that their choir is as much about instilling their own voices independently and together as a choir, as it is also service to others," Force said.

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KPAC Blog
4:34 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.

"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.

The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.

"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.

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KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Chamber Orchestra Of San Antonio Celebrates Britten's 100th Anniversary

San Antonio Chamber Orchestra
Brad Milne

The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio was formed in 2008, and though the group's history is a short one, their November 7 event at the San Antonio Museum of Art has a 100-year time time frame. The event celebrates composer Benjamin Britten.

"People all over the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth," said Paul Montalvo, the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

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First Listen
8:48 am
Mon November 4, 2013

First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.
Michael Patrick O'Leary Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 12:11 pm

Classical violinists can't complain when it comes to choosing encores. Hundreds of vintage pieces are up for grabs, written by legendary violinist-composers such as Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate, or by great violinist-arrangers like Jascha Heifetz.

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KPAC Blog
2:43 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Emotional Performance From The Mastersingers

San Antonio Mastersingers
San Antonio Mastersingers

"Annelies" is a music event unlike perhaps any you've been to before. It's the story of Anne Frank, who hid from the Nazis with her family for three years in an Amsterdam attic. They were eventually found and all died in Bergen-Belsen concentration Camp.

Left behind though, was her diary, which revealed her intelligence and humanity in a particularly inhumane situation. It served as a catalyst for movies, and as San Antonio Mastersinger Chancey Blackburn explains, a piece of music.

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KPAC Programming
9:41 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

"Carnegie Hall Live" Returns This Month With Two Shows

 

The exciting “Carnegie Hall Live” series continues this month on KPAC 88.3 FM with two concerts, direct to you from America’s most famous recital hall.  

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KPAC Blog
2:41 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Children's Chorus Of San Antonio Starts New Season

Children's Chorus of San Antonio
Anne Schelling

Children's Chorus of San Antonio Founding and Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick said there’s a lot coming your way this season from the chorus. Here’s her snapshot of the first half of the season:

"We’re starting with the alumni recital November 4 featuring four of our alumni who are now professional singers," McCormick said. "They will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Kristin Roach. Following that, there are two free concerts in town for our Harlandale Project Sing activities—this is one of our outreach programs.

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KPAC Blog
3:48 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lang-Lessing Orchestrates Grand Vision For San Antonio

Sebastian Lang-Lessing talks about his vision for the future.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

The five-year contract extension signing by San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing almost seemed like an athletic superstar event. Notables like the Tobin Center’s Bruce Bugg and Judge Nelson Wolff offered their thanks to the conductor, but the new Symphony GM David Gross really set the tone.

"I know how Coach Pop felt the day that Tim Duncan committed to the long term with the Spurs," Gross said.

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Classical Music
2:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.
courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J.

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 8:51 pm

Johann Sebastian Bach has been a central figure in the life of British conductor John Eliot Gardiner since he was a youngster. On his way to bed, he couldn't help glancing up at the famous 18th-century portrait of Bach that hung in the first floor landing of the old mill house in Dorset, England where Gardiner was born.

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