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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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2:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Lang-Lessing Excited About Symphony's New Season

Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.

"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov  and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"

Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.

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KPAC Blog
9:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Season, Big Performers At The Tuesday Musical Club

Bella Hristova opens the Tuesday Musical Club season on October 8.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

You may have never heard of San Antonio’s Tuesday Musical Club, but now that they’re in their 91st season,  maybe it's time you did.

Board Member Claudia Robison talks about the curious way the club came about.

"It was founded by Anna Hertzberg, who had moved here from Manhattan, from New York City. She found that there was really no culture; it was really a cowpoke town," Robison said.

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Classical Music
11:16 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti With A Dash Of Humor

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Jeremy Denk has recently written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.
Courtesy of the artist

This interview was originally broadcast on May 23, 2012.

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Classical Music
9:49 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Jennifer Berg Solos With Camerata San Antonio

Jennifer Berg
courtesy of the artist

As Camerata San Antonio opens their tenth season this weekend, they’ll be joined for two pieces by oboe and English horn soloist Jennifer Berg. Early 20th century British composer E.J. Moeran’s “Fantasy Quartet” opens the program:

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KPAC Blog
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Youth Orchestras Of San Antonio Looking To Do Más For Area Kids

YOSA Más at work in the classroom.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio

The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio YOSA have created a new program that could change young peoples’ lives. Music director Troy Peters characterizes their general purpose this way.

"YOSA is devoted to changes kids’ lives through music and we do that primarily through opportunities to play in large musical ensembles," Peters says.

The new program is called YOSA Más and allows young people of lesser means to join the orchestra despite not having the money needed. The program is being handled through the Edgewood School District.

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The Record
1:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants

Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:02 am

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Classical Music
1:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Pianist Who Plays 'The Rascal And The Sparrow'

Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.
Steinway & Sons

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:22 am

How do you make a piano sing? Italian-born pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi tackles the question on his new album, The Rascal and the Sparrow, a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf, two titans of French song who each died 50 years ago. Pompa-Baldi shared his thoughts on the project in this email chat with NPR Music's Tom Huizenga.

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Shots - Health News
12:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

Stand back, or wear earplugs.
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Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 1:52 pm

Loud music can lead to hearing loss. But it's not just rock musicians and their fans who are at risk.

In classical orchestras, horn players are particularly vulnerable to hearing damage from the tunes they and their colleagues play.

Some studies have found that horn players are blasted with some of the loudest sounds in the orchestra. The levels are so high that many countries' occupational health regulations would limit exposure like that to a half-hour a day, some studies have found.

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Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

San Antonio Symphony To Kick Off Its Season

Akiko Fujimoto
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts next week.  The symphony’s Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto tells us what to expect this fall.

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First Listen
9:54 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:37 am

[Every year, the MacArthur Foundation gives out 24 "Genius Grants" — generous cash prizes for brilliant creators in any number of fields. On Wednesday, less than a week before the release of his new album, Jeremy Denk joined their ranks.]

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