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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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Classical Spotlight
11:16 am
Tue June 11, 2013

A New Release, Festival, And Birthday For Young Pianist

Pianist Conrad Tao
Ruiming Wang

"It came to me in one night - a dream! I like to say that those dream images were probably rooted in my just going to college for the first time," says Conrad Tao about his Vestiges for piano. That was the start for the new album, Voyages.

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Classical Music
9:32 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Cliburn's Big Winners: A Ukranian, An Italian And The First American Since '97

Ralph Lauer The Cliburn

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 1:24 pm

Vadym Kholodenko, a 26-year-old Ukranian, won the top prize Sunday night at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. A 20-year-old Italian, Beatrice Rana, was named runner-up, and third place went to Sean Chen, 24, the first American to reach the Cliburn finals in 16 years.

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Classical Spotlight
11:45 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Jazz Trio Plays Empire Theater, Next Stop Carnegie Hall

Brent Watkins Trio
courtesy of the artist

There's a good chance you've heard Brent Watkins with South Texas Jazz...they are a vital force in the downtown music scene, appearing weekly at Bohanan's or Luke. Now the Brent Watkins Trio (Watkins on piano; Tyler Jackson, bass; and Dean Macomber, drums) take the stage at the Empire Theater with a program "The Sound of the Trio: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson" Tuesday June 11th.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China.
Luo Xiaoguang Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:28 am

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KPAC Blog
1:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

So Percussion New Release: So Good, So Unique

So Percussion
Janette Beckman

Dan Trueman isn't a household name - but he's a very original composer making waves with new music for So Percussion. Their latest collaboration is "Neither Anvil nor Pulley," a very unique and entertaining release from Cantaloupe Records.

The five movement work spans humor, beauty, and intrigue. It also has Trueman playing Hardanger fiddle in folky tunes that are sampled in the odd numbered movements, while the central even numbered movements are expansive, rhythmic, and at times, mind blowing.

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Classical Music
1:24 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Does Beethoven's Choral Sympony Complete the Missa Solemnis?

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis, 1820
Wikimedia Commons

Critics have often been a little nervous about Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." To some, it has a fragmented quality about it, especially in the final movement, the Agnus Dei.

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Classical Music
4:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Cliburn Competition After Van

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round.
Ralph Lauer Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:26 pm

Six finalists for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were announced last night in Fort Worth, Texas. For the first time since its inception more than 50 years ago, the contest is taking place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February of cancer, and the competition is dealing with his loss and other changes as well.

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Classical Spotlight
12:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Chamber Music Series "Q" Debuts Sunday

Oboist Jennifer Berg
courtesy of the artist

A new chamber music series debuts this weekend in San Antonio: Q. Led by oboist Jennifer Berg, it will include three concerts this summer at Christ Episcopal Church.

"I wanted to do something in my hometown, for my family and friends," says Berg. The first concert includes music by Bach, Vaughan-Williams, Loeffler, and Rebecca Clarke. Jennifer will play along with pianist Daniel Anastasio, violist Marissa Bushman, and soprano Gail Wettstein.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Auditions Open For Youth Orchestra Musicians

Conductor Troy Peters
John Clare TPR

This week local youth can audition for the 2013-14 season of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. Musicians who have been playing their instrument at least one year, and are ages 8 to 20 years old are eligible.

Troy Peters is the music director and conductor of the YOSA Philharmonic. He says it is a great experience, and fun. "This year guests include Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top, plus Tracy Silverman, electric violinist, and our first performance in Lila Cockrell Theater."

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Texas Musicians
11:21 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Six Cliburn Finalists Still Playing For Gold In Fort Worth

Ralph Lauer The Cliburn

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 3:15 am

Six finalists of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano competition were named late Tuesday night. They include four men and two women, each from different countries.

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