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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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4:32 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Carlos Prieto Brings His Cello (And Its Incredible Story) To San Antonio

Carlos Prieto
Courtesy of the artist

Carlos Prieto has traveled the world over playing his cello for enthusiastic audiences and when he travels he always buys a full-fare ticket for his cello, but he would often have a problem.

"The employees never knew how to issue a ticket for a cello, until my wife came up with the brilliant idea of giving my cello a name. It’s called Miss Cello Prieto," he said.

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Classical Spotlight
9:24 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Symphony Of The Hills Offers A Christmas Gift

Symphony of the Hills
Full House Productions

You’re surely aware of the San Antonio Symphony, but it’s not the only area orchestra. In Kerrville, the 80-piece Symphony of the Hills performs five concerts a year.

"The orchestra is made up of professionals from the Hill Country community and as far away as San Antonio and Austin and the surrounding communities," says Dr. Eugene Dowdy, the symphony's Associate Conductor.

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Classical Music
2:26 am
Thu November 21, 2013

The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623).
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:55 am

If you're going to be cooking Thanksgiving dinner next week, you've probably already started gathering the traditional ingredients — but your ingredients are most likely very different from those that made up the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. (Marshmallows with those sweet potatoes, anyone?)

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Classical Music
3:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:57 am

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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KPAC Blog
2:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphony Welcomes Guest Violinist Philippe Quint And His Stradivarius To San Antonio

Philippe Quint and his violin.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco press photo

The San Antonio Symphony has invited guest violinist Philippe Quint for its next performance. Quint was born in Leningrad, Russia, to a musical family and immigrated to the United States in 1991.

He earned multiple degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. Quint will be in San Antonio this weekend to play Mendelssohn’s "Violin Concerto" with the San Antonio Symphony.

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Classical Music
8:13 am
Sun November 17, 2013

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eric Thayer for NPR Music

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:01 am

In the classical music world right now, many eyes are focused on Jeremy Denk.

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The Record
2:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

'12 Years A Slave' Is This Year's Best Film About Music

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 2:02 pm

12 Years a Slave is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

San Antonio Musician Remembers Performing For JFK The Night Before He Was Killed

Herrera (standing behind JFK) with the Kennedys and Johnsons.
Courtesy Fernando Herrera

On November 21, 1963, in Houston, Texas, President John F.Kennedy and his wife Jackie, along with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, were entertained by San Antonio musicians. Fernando Herrera and other musicians gave the distinguished visitors a taste of Texas at the Crystal Ballroom in the Rice Hotel.

Herrera remembers the night well, and he had a great deal of interchange with the president himself.

"Much to my surprise, Kennedy was familiar with all the music because those Kennedys traveled all over the world. He knew my outfit," Herrera said.

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Classical Music
8:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Carver Cultural Center Hosts The Ahn Trio

Sony Classical

The Ahn Trio is a highly regarded chamber ensemble, and they're coming Saturday night to the Carver Cultural Center. Their performance in the Alamo City though brings with it a twist. The dance troupe Nai Ni Chen will perform onstage with them.

"I find it very engaging and exciting, and hopefully our audiences will [too]," said violinist Angela Ahn.

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Classical Music
10:05 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Remembering 'Holy Minimalist' Composer John Tavener

John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.
Simone Canetty-Clarke Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:47 pm

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