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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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Opera on Film
1:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.
Distrib Films

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 7:03 am

It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Missa Solemnis Headlines 38th Victoria Bach Festival

Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Johnson

The week of June 3-8 marks the 38th call to order of the Victoria Bach Festival. Hundreds of musicians will eventually make their ways to this South Texas city as participants in numerous chamber concerts, plus the grand finale on Saturday evening, June 8.

That final concert brings the entire ensemble of orchestra, chorus and soloists to the stage of the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive. Craig Hella Johnson's downbeat is at 7:30 PM.

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The Two-Way
6:28 am
Tue June 4, 2013

VIDEO: Kid's Salute Turns Cymbal Crash Into Symbolic Victory

Andrew Pawelczyk, far left, saluting the flag after his cymbal crashed to the floor.
sarona2617

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 9:35 am

There may be no better way to start the day than with this video that's going viral.

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Texas Music
12:56 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

A Dozen Advance in the Cliburn International Piano Competition In Fort Worth

Bill Zeeble KERA News

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 11:23 am

Twelve young pianists have advanced to the semi-final round in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. The musicians are playing for a top $50,000 prize and three years of worldwide concerts.

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Classical Spotlight
11:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

San Antonio Symphony Concludes Season With Mahler

John Clare TPR Arts

The San Antonio Symphony rounds out the 2012-13 season with the epic Third Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Joining them are the women of the San Antonio Mastersingers, the Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and mezzo-soprano Dana Beth Miller.

Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing discusses the work in the video below, in which he reminds us this symphony is perhaps the longest in the standard repertoire. There is also a last minute substitution, Vance Woolf will play the posthorn solo, as principal trumpeter John Carroll is ill.

Classical Spotlight
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Fourth Piano Festival Features From The Top At Texas State

Pianist Christopher O'Riley, host of From The Top
LSU

The fourth season of the Texas State International Piano Festival includes guests as far away as South Korea, China, along with locally-renowned pianists such as Anton Nel. The week-long festival starts June 1 with performances, lectures, masterclasses and lessons, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

"You'll be tired, and inspired!" advises co-founder and pianist Jason Kwak for audience members and students who plan to attend every event. He is very excited about the finale - a live taping of NPR's From The Top with Christopher O'Riley on June 9.

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