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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Arts & Culture
12:06 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Crossing America with Miguel del Aguila

Miguel del Aguila
Miguel del Aguila

  Miguel del Aguila's website describes him as "An internationally recognized compositional voice and talent, Miguel del Aguila creates fresh, spontaneous music often colored by Latin and World Music idioms, and with a healthy respect for the classical tradition and form. What results is a captivating interplay of classical balance and romantic excess.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

'Thank You For That Gift': Memories Of Van Cliburn From Medalists

Van Cliburn in concert in 1993.
Ron Jenkins

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:42 pm

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Youth Musicians
1:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

YOSA Player Selected To Carnegie Hall's First National Youth Orchestra

Weston McCall playing in the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

It's a Friday afternoon, and while Weston McCall could be playing a video game, hanging out with friends, or studying Latin, he is playing musical excerpts on his French Horn in the TPR studios.

"Not all my friends really know all the stuff I am involved in, I mean they know I'm in YOSA, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and a few of my friends know I applied for it, but my friends at school - they're proud of me, they're really happy, but I know that they have no clue about what I'm talking about."

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Classical Spotlight
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Dragons & Gods, Fire & Blood Fill San Antonio Symphony Program

Sebastian Lang-Lessing at TPR
John Clare TPR Arts

Music by Richard Wagner and Michael Daugherty on tap this weekend

Throughout 2013, musicians will be playing Richard Wagner in honor of his 200th birthday this May. The San Antonio Symphony will offer wonderful selections of Wagner's grand opus, "Der Ring des Nibelungen."

"Highlights would not be enough, because we are going through the journey of the ring!" said Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:16 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Marriage As Theater: Mendelssohn's 'Wedding March'

A wedding ceremony: as close as many of us get to the theatrical stage.
iStock

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:17 pm

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Arts & Culture
7:54 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Joffrey Ballet Returns To San Antonio With Stravinsky's Notorious "Rite of Spring"

The Joffrey Ballet performs "Le Sacre du Printemps."
Herbert Migdoll

“’The Rite of Spring’ is not about flowers and birds singing. It’s about the power of nature,” says John Toohey, Executive Director of Arts San Antonio. ArtsSA is bringing “Rite” to San Antonio on Friday, March 8 at Lila Cockrell Theatre for the centennial of its notorious debut. The performance also marks the Joffrey Ballet's first performance in San Antonio in more than 20 years.  

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Deceptive Cadence
2:07 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

At 100, Composer Margaret Bonds Remains A Great Exception

Margaret Bonds in 1956. Born in Chicago in 1913, Bonds became one of the first African-American female composers to gain recognition in the United States.
Carl Van Vechten Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 3:35 pm

Margaret Bonds, who died in 1972, is perhaps near the top of the very short list of African-American female composers. Thanks to her partnerships with Langston Hughes and soprano Leontyne Price and others, she's remembered in some circles as an important figure in American composition. But, mostly, she's been forgotten.

"It's amazing that people don't know who she was, although she was quite well known in her time," says Louise Toppin, an opera singer and a voice professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:25 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Marches Madness: John Philip Sousa's 'Washington Post'

Circa 1910: A program advertising John Philip Sousa and his band.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
10:07 am
Fri March 1, 2013

SAIPC: No Two Performances Are Alike

Maurice Ravel
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I remember reading a legendary performer once say that no two performances are alike. When I starting studying the piano I recorded some of my practice sessions to hear how I was playing without the distraction of making the music.

The great musician was right, not only were all my repetitions different, I couldn't make my performances sound the same if I tried.

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KPAC Blog: Metropolitan Opera
10:17 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Richard Wagner’s Apotheosis, 'Parsifal'

Jonas Kaufman stars in the title role of Wagner's 'Parsifal'
Metropolitan Opera

Richard Wagner’s "Parsifal," his final opera, was created in parallel with his greatest creations including "The Ring" and "Tristan." It took him just over 30 years and several revisions before it was finally presented in 1882.

It is viewed as his most refined and elaborate work and it at times leaves people feeling that it is too profound to even applaud. In a comic twist, this bothered the composer; when Wagner would applaud a certain scene he would be hushed by members of the audience.

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