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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
3:33 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Leading Violinist Solos And Conducts San Antonio Symphony

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin
Courtesy of the artist

Cho-Liang Lin features Vivaldi and Schubert this weekend in San Antonio

On tap Friday and Saturday night at the Majestic are Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" plus three works by the romantic composer Franz Schubert: Two violin and orchestra works, plus his "Symphony No. 6."

Leading the program is violinist/conductor Cho-Liang "Jimmy" Lin.

Lin is a world class violin soloist, recording artist and the artistic director of the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. He talks about the San Antonio program, how he began conducting, and the importance of teaching.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

Paul Reid iStockphoto.com

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Classical Spotlight
9:15 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Composers Connect And Inspire At Choral Directors Convention

JAC Redford, Roxanna Panufnik, and Ben Parry
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

American Choral Directors Association convention in Dallas 

Three composers recently sat down with John Clare to discuss new music, choral music, and what it's like working as a composer in the 21st century.

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KPAC Blog: Concert Review
3:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

A Great Afternoon Of Music With Husband-Wife Duo David Finckel & Wu Han

Last Sunday's SACMS guest artists husband and wife duo, cellist David Finckle and pianist Wu Han.
davidfinckleandwuhan.com

The San Antonio Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and what a great reminder of what chamber music is all about than when husband and wife duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) performed at Temple Bethel last Sunday.

They were recently named "Musicians of the Year" by Musical America in 2012. Some concerts you know are going to be great just by walking in the hall, and this was one of them.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:43 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:16 pm

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Carnegie Hall Live
11:38 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Changes To The Remaining 'Carnegie Hall Live' Broadcasts

Flickr user Marjorie Lipan cc

With the San Francisco Symphony on strike, the Berlin Philharmonic will be substituted for this week's performance of "Carnegie Hall Live."  

The remaining three "Carnegie Hall Live" recorded broadcasts will be aired on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on KPAC and KTXI. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Berlin Philharmonic 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Elias String Quartet

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. -- Staatskapelle Dresden

New Release
11:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Two Sides Of Mozart With Pianist Alessio Bax's New CD

Courtesy of the artist

Two concerti plus variations make up this new Signum Classics disc

Pianist Alessio Bax is one of the most exciting young pianists today. His accolades include first prizes in the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions, as well as an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Alessio has just been named the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
Alexey Stiop iStockphoto.com

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

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KPAC Blog: SAIPC
11:29 am
Fri March 15, 2013

When The Finals Get Tough At The SAIPC, The Tough Get Going

The final four
SAIPC

It is nerve racking to compete head to head. In sports this is a fairly normal part of the job, but when it comes to artists, especially pianists, it is a big shift from the norm.

A musician's routine is quiet and predicable. You generally practice alone and it is here that you polish and learn, working on your fingering, phrasing and the little things that mean so much to you, but might not be even noticed by an audience.

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