KPAC Blog

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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Ronald Reagan High School Choir
4:23 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Reagan High School Student "Dazzles" KPAC with a Special Request

Reagan High School Choir
StoneOakInfo.com

Recently, an enterprising high school student reached out to TPR and KPAC staff with an unusual request that caught the attention of KPAC Program Director John Clare.

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KPAC Blog
2:10 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Beethoven's Mock-Serious Mood On Full Display In Opus 31's Third Sonata

listal.com

Ludwig van Beethoven's Opus 31 is an amazing collection of inspirations.

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Classical Spotlight
1:51 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
John Clare TPR Arts

This weekend the San Antonio Symphony is joined by soloists and choirs to present Verdi's Requiem. The program will include three choirs and four soloists, in addition to a full orchestra.

"It was natural to feature Verdi during this anniversary," says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. "It truly is operatic, and you'll hear that with our amazing soloists, choruses."

April 12 & 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre

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Deceptive Cadence
1:17 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
David Hathcox/Americans for the Arts

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:54 am

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KPAC Blog
11:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Minneapolis' Uptown Brass Are Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Uptown Brass in the studio
Chris Eudaily/TPR

The Uptown Brass Quintet consists of the principal brass players from the Minnesota Orchestra (according to writer/critic Alex Ross as "the greatest orchestra in the world.") This particular ensemble of musicians have been playing over a decade together, and you'll hear it in their comradery and especially in their music making.  Typically the group presents community concerts and educational outreach around Minnesota and whereever the orchestra is touring. But since last October, these musicians have been locked out of work.

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KPAC Blog
12:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Break The Piano With Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" On KPAC

Photo of Beethoven's life mask, made in 1812, 15 years before his death.
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Pop music is (usually) in English and is easy to understand, but Classical works are often in another language, and even when they are in English the operatic vibrato clouds the message.

Absolute music like a symphony or sonata has no words, but sometimes the work has a helpful title.

We've been presenting Beethoven's piano sonatas in order weekday mornings and one sonata that is very important in understanding the composer is being broadcast April 10 in the 6 a.m. hour.

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Arts & Culture
1:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Maria Schneider: Bridging the Jazz-Classical Divide

Maria Schneider
Red Back Press

  Maria Schneider has emerged over the past several decades as one of our most original composers and arrangers for jazz orchestra. She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:07 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.
Michael Yarish/AMC

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:02 pm

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:54 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Huberman's List: How A Violinist Saved Jews In World War II

Violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a 1900 photo, taken when he was 18 years old.
Augustus Rischgitz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:25 am

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

At Home With The Gods In The First Part Of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, "Das Rheingold"

The dwarf Alberlicht steals a chunk of gold from the Rhine River, from which he forges a ring.
Metropolitan Opera

After a decades-long struggle, the patience and slavish commitment of numberless friends, an inspiration that can truly be called superhuman, and a streak of luck that beggars the imagination, Richard Wagner finally finished his epic "Ring."

Despite the luminaries in attendance over the years - from Hugo Wolf and a who’s who of European royalty, to Tchaikovsky, Bernard Shaw and others - it could never pay its way.

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