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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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Parallels
12:38 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Zubin Mehta's Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir

Zubin Mehta conducts the Bavarian State Orchestra in Srinagar, India, on Saturday night. The heavy security surrounding the event was an affront to many citizens of the state, which has chafed under heavy police presence for the better part of two decades.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:58 pm

In Kashmir, the Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar, a relic of Mughal-era emperors, has been restored to its imperial tranquility with murmuring fountains, shallow pools and manicured beauty.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:14 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:34 am

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:19 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Unraveled Ravel Is A Revelation

A visitor takes in Anri Sala's Ravel Ravel Unravel installation in the French pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 6:05 am

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Classical Music
4:09 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Filjak Goes Solo This Weekend At St. Mark's Episcopal

Martina Filjak in the TPR studios.
Jack Morgan TPR Arts

Internationally-known pianist Martina Filjak is performing in San Antonio tomorrow at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

San Antonians have seen Filjak before -- she has performed with the San Antonio symphony -- but now she's back and this time she's going solo.

"I'm going to perform a range of works that are encompassing some [Antonio] Soler, but also Bach and Liszt, but also in the second part of the concert some Schumann piano sonatas," she said.

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Classical Music
11:12 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

A still from the video for New York Polyphony's performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's "A Colloquy with God."
Courtesy of Mark DeChiazza

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 8:20 am

The vocal quartet New York Polyphony delights in surprises — whether it's a matter of singing some rather raunchy Italian madrigals or making a video to introduce their album Times Go By Turns (released on BIS Aug. 27).

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Deceptive Cadence
1:31 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Why Aren't Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 9:34 am

At 8 years old, I scrawled my first and last Symphonies — nos. 1, 2, and 3 — on ruled notebook paper. They were short duets for clarinet and trumpet for myself and my brother to play. Why did I call them symphonies? I can't remember, but I suspect that it was a desire to tie these efforts — and me, by extension — to a grand and venerable tradition.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:38 am
Tue September 3, 2013

10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience.
iStock

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:27 pm

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:29 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Not My Job: Pianist Emanuel Ax Takes A Quiz On Axe Body Spray

Lisa Marie Mazzucco Emanuel Ax

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:56 am

This week we're recording at Tanglewood — the outdoor music venue in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts — and we thought it would be a good time to talk with classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who has won seven Grammy awards and recorded with the world's greatest orchestras.

We've invited Ax to play a game called "You make men irresistible to women!" Three questions about Axe body spray.

Classical Music
4:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Finding Nature, Rage And Humor In Modern American Symphonies

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Washington Monument in October 1992. The AIDS crisis is the subject of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, "Of Rage And Remembrance."
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:04 am

The symphony after World War II appeared to be headed for extinction as composers took divergent paths to experiment with musical language and forms. But the evidence of recent decades shows that the genre was never really on the verge of disappearing.

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8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Accidental 'Blurred Lines' Between Classical And Pop

Lead in text: 
The Internet exploded on Sunday night following Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's duet during the MTV Video Music Awards. Some viewers cheered the racy performance by the duo, though the general consensus was one of shock and bewilderment. The song the two performed was "Blurred Lines," Thicke's chart-topping summer jam. But as this report from PRI's "The World" demonstrates, some fans looking for Thicke's hit online got some blurred lines of their own, between a chart-topping pop song and a classical work by Canadian composer John Beckwith.
Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. He's had thousands of downloads of music he composed over 15 years ago. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called Blurred Lines. It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.

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