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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.

Full House Productions

The performance seasons for many regional arts organizations are rapidly winding down.  We're told the story of one out of Kerrville by Symphony of the Hills' Gene Dowdy.

“Symphony of the Hills is going to close our season with a concert called 'Bach and his disciples.' It’s a concert dedicated to the great Johann Sebastian Bach, the great German composer of the Baroque period, and just the influence he’s had through the hundreds of years since his life.”

Trumpeter Rolf Smedvig, praised for his beautiful tone and virtuosic style, died Monday afternoon at his home in West Stockbridge, Mass. The cause of death, according to his long-time manager Mark Z. Alpert, was a heart attack. Smedvig was 62.

CCSA

Fiesta is officially over but the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio has one last touch of Fiesta for you.  The performance is called "Fiesta In Song." I spoke to Executive Director Anne Schelleng.

"We’ve got a great concert coming up on Sunday, May 3rd at 3PM at the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts" she said. "Kids will be singing tunes from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Argentina—we’ve got even an Argentinian Tango, some South American, and even a little funk salsa mixed in with some great Gospel and American tunes.”

It was 1964 when the young Philip Glass found himself in Paris. He was on a Fulbright scholarship to study with the revered pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. It was a career move carefully planned. Glass wanted to be a composer and he knew Boulanger's rigorous lessons in traditional Western harmony and counterpoint would sharpen his skills.

A student at Fresno State University is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers. The concerts organized by Joseph Bohigian include original compositions inspired by his family, many who were killed by the Ottoman Turks around World War I, and music by other Armenians who live in Armenia and in the U.S. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Alice Daniel of KQED has our story.

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