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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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4:13 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Copperleaf Quintet Ready For New Season

Ruth Moreland at TPR.
John Clare TPR Arts

Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.

"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.

Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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Classical Music
4:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

First Listen: Isaac Karabtchevsky Conducts Villa-Lobos

Isaac Karabtchevsky
Wikimedia Commons

The year was 1982, I believe, when I first encountered the Brazilian conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky. He had come to guest conduct the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico City Philharmonic), of which I was a member. I have fond memories of the experience, especially the opening number of the concert, the “Overture to Der Freischutz” by Carl Maria von Weber. The orchestra loved playing for him and gave him terrific performances. I recall going out afterward with a group of musicians and Maestro Karabtchevsky, for drinks.

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Arts & Culture
4:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

A New Season For Camerata San Antonio

Matthew Diekman Camerata San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio begins its next season by taking the show on the road. The popular local Chamber Music ensemble made up of San Antonio Symphony players has been dazzling south Texas audiences for the last decade.

Ken Freudigman, who plays cello in the group, dropped by to talk about their coming programs, starting in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We have music from Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, we’re doing some music of Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, music of Brahms and Mendelssohn, all throughout the entire year," he said.

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KPAC Blog
11:56 am
Thu September 12, 2013

San Antonio Mastersingers Set To Begin New Season

San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers open next month celebrating their 70th season performing with the San Antonio Symphony with a performance of Symphonic Dances on Oct. 11 & 12 .

"We begin the season with the symphony performing 'Miriam's Song of Triumph' by Franz Schubert Oct. 11 and 12 at the Majestic, and then we quickly go into the holiday season," says Mastersinger and board member Chancey Blackburn. "We have four performances this year of Handel's 'Messiah' and we're also performing the Holiday Pops."

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Classical Music
9:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.
Julien Jourdes courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 12:58 pm

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Classical Music
5:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Maria Teresa Rodriguez (1923-2013): Champion of Carlos Chavez

Maria Teresa Rodriguez, (1923-2013)
INBA

Speak of the Mexican pianist Maria Teresa Rodriguez and the topic quickly turns to her recordings of the solo piano music of Carlos Chavez. However, many will advise a more thorough exploration of her work, for she was said to have had a repertoire which included more than 400 pieces, including Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin."

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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
Carol Rosegg New York City Opera

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:15 pm

There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.

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Arts & Culture
4:36 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Tobin Center One Year Away From Opening

The Riverwalk side of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled to open one year from now.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

The $203 million re-imagining of downtown's old Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has transformed the building's looks drastically.

"We're going to open a year from now," said Foundation Chair Bruce Bugg. "We're going to be debt free the day we open."

President of the Tobin Center Michael Fresher said the venue's improved acoustics are only one of its attributes.

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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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