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The KPAC Blog features classical music news and analysis from South Texas and around the world. 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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Stephanie Sant' Ambrogio

It's a San Antonio music festival originally conceived over River Walk margaritas. Stephanie Sant Ambrogio created the Cactus Pear Music Festival 20 years ago, and she says this year's fest features three themes.

"One is that on every program there is one living, American composer."

Ambrogio fights the persistent notion that chamber music is stuffy, or just for old people. Presenting new works helps combat that.

The band Winger is perhaps best remembered for its late 1980s rock anthems, like "Seventeen." Its musicians could play. They wrote catchy songs, and of course, they had the hair. MTV viewers ate it up.

"Me being the Peter Pan of rock that I was, doing double pirouettes with my bass and you know, a real ham in the camera, it took off," says Kip Winger, the group's lead singer and bassist, who formed the band after touring with Alice Cooper in the late '80s.

Who Are The Amateurs At The Cliburn Competition?

Jun 23, 2016

color:#333333">All week long, Art&seek has been reporting on The Cliburn Amateur Competition in Fort Worth. 


color:#333333">Late this evening, we’ll find out who will make it to the semifinals. [We'll post the results here when we get them.] The competitors all have day jobs, but they also have a passion for piano. So we went down to the competition chat with a few of the folks vying for the top prize and learned that it takes countless hours of practice to call yourself a Cliburn amateur.

At this year’s San Antonio International Piano Competition, the five finalists were able to choose the repertoire they felt would best showcase their talents, but there was one piece they *had* to play, by Matthew Mason.

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