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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.

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Classical Spotlight
9:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lang-Lessing Brings Symphonies And Concertos To Brahms Festival

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic

While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.

Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New Program Lineup on KPAC 88.3 FM

Listeners told us through our survey last fall that they tune in to KPAC to hear the best classical music all the time, and this month, KPAC adjusts its on-air schedule to bring you more music throughout the day on your classical oasis.  You’ll also hear your favorite on-air hosts during prime listening times on the station. 

A link to the new KPAC schedule can be found here: http://tpr.org/schedule/week/kpac

New host schedules: 

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Deceptive Cadence
2:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner.
courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, pianist Sara Davis Buechner published on the New York Times website a brave and moving account of her experiences as a transgendered person. "As David Buechner, born in the northwest suburbs of Baltimore in 1959," she writes, "I became an internationally known concert pianist. But from the time I was a child, I understood that I was meant to be Sara."

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KPAC Blog
7:11 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Hekel Tavares, The Master Of Brazilian Folklore

Brazilian composer Hekel Tavares
www.drzem.com.br

We often speak of certain Brazilian composers suffering in the shadow of Heitor Villa-Lobos. After all, he was the one who possessed not only musical genius, but also the ability to attract attention.

He was, in many ways, bigger than life, which made it a struggle for other very able composers to be seen and heard. These others included Camargo Guarnieri, Franciso Mignone and Claudio Santoro. The music of these composers is still struggling to be heard outside of Brazil.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:34 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.
William Gottlieb

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:13 pm

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KPAC Blog
11:31 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Scarlatti, Medtner & Schumann Appear At International Piano Competition

Flying Fingers - Domenico Scarlatti
Wikipedia

We continue working our way through the preliminary rounds of last years contest. This Sunday, the music of Italian Domenico Scarlatti, a man who won a harpsichord "play-off" against G.F. Handel, and was so impressed by Handel's abilities that he always crossed himself when mentioning the composers name.

Scarlatti left Rome and moved to the courts of Spain and Portugal where he taught Queen Barbara to play harpsichord. Our "concert" starts with three of Scarlatti's sonatas.

Carrying Scarlatti's style

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Deceptive Cadence
9:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

  • Hugely good news for all you wandering minstrels: After years of pressure from groups like the American Federation of Musicians, the FAA has just passed a bill that (finally!) allows musicians to carry their instruments as carry-on luggage or, for larger instruments, to buy an extra seat. However, the federal agency has a year to implement the new standards.
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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
11:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Comedy Magic With Rossini’s 'Le Comte Ory'

Juan Diego Florez as Ory in Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two approaches to the supreme expression of opera, both of them dealing with what would seem to be the impossible.

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Classical Spotlight
10:49 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Old Organ Gets New Lease On Life In Downtown

St. Mark's Organ
Kegg Organ dot com

St. Mark's completes 8-month refurbishing of organ, sanctuary

Sunday morning will reveal what started over eight months ago: a revitalization and refurbishing of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.   

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Deceptive Cadence
1:38 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A Little Part Of Poulenc In All Of Us

French composer Francis Poulenc (photographed in 1960 in New York) is famous for his music and his many contradictions.
John Jonas Gruen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:05 pm

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