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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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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
11:56 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

A Festive Brazilian New Year

Desiree Furoni

A special piece written by Marin Alsop on NPR included a photo of her conducting the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a concert on a Brazilian beach. Twenty thousand listeners attended! Wow! An outdoor concert in December?

A look at the latest weather forecasts for points in South America quickly reminds us that it is presently Summertime (and one would hope the livin’ is easy) throughout the Southern Hemisphere.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
11:59 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Leonard Nimoy and Frederic Chopin?

Frederic Chopin at 25
Wikipedia

When I sit back and think upon my youth my thoughts often turn to television; I am an American after all. One program that gripped me in those days was "In Search of…" where Leonard Nimoy would explore various topics; everything from Bigfoot to the mysterious underwater monoliths thought to be the foundations of Atlantis.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.
Fred Ramage Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 9:33 pm

  • This week, BBC One premiered a made-for-TV treatment of the Joyce Hatto scandal called "Loving Miss Hatto," with Francesca Annis and Alfred Molina as the leads. Remember her?
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Classical Spotlight
1:12 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Ring In The New Year With Texas Public Radio Via Vienna

Conductor Franz Welser Most
Roger Mastroianni IMG Artists

Live broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser Most takes place Jan. 1st

The Vienna Philharmonic has selected the General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, Franz Welser Most, to conduct the New Year's Concert 2013. Philharmonic Chairman Clemens Hellsberg said the invitation was extended not only on the basis of the convincing artistic success of his New Year's Concert 2011, but also in recognition of Most's stellar collaboration with the Philharmonic as well as in the Vienna State Opera.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
3:03 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Had Enough Christmas Carols? Try Something Different

Credit Amazon.com

Sometimes I think that the endless loop of Christmas songs at the HEB at Wurzbach and I-10 gets stuck and begins repeating the same phrase over and over, like a stuck record. Poor Ella just can't seem to get to the next phrase, and when she does she ends up stuck there.

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10:24 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Placido Domingo: Not Slowing Down

Lead in text: 
The closest thing to public radio on broadcast television, CBS Sunday Morning airs a profile of tenor Placido Domingo. "The voice shines more if the day before a performance you are quiet," he said. "I try to speak as little as possible. It's not that I am completely quiet, you know? But that's something that I respect, I have respected all my life. And I respect that."
(CBS News) When he's not saving his voice for his next performance, Placido Domingo is happy to talk, and he sat down with our Tracy Smith for some Questions and Answers: There are singers, there are opera singers, and then there is Placido Domingo. Even to non-opera fans, he is a force of nature.
KPAC Blog
4:22 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Ten Great Violin Albums Released In 2012

The modern violin
Wikipedia

The art of violin playing is alive and well, especially based on the virtuosity and volume of new artists along with the refined performances of old favorites. These are just a few of the incredible releases I recommend you revisit -- or hear for the very first time; these picks are great listening for yourself or perhaps that someone special in your life!

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KPAC blog: The Piano
1:02 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Holly & The Steinway: The Piano As A Christmas Tradition

Victorian Tree trimming party
Wikipedia

Think back to how families used to celebrate the Holidays. For some of us, it was sitting in front of the TV watching a Charlie Brown special, and going back another twenty years, Dad would play disc-jockey, keeping the records spinning on the Hi-Fi. Back another generation, families grouped around the piano with someone, who hopefully spent some time practicing, played Christmas carols for the mini-multitude to sing along.

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
2:16 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Barber Of Seville: You Can Understand Rossini!

Rodion Pogossov as Figaro
Metropolitan Opera

It was habit in the nineteenth and early twentieth century to present operas, whatever their original language, in the language of the host country. Playbills of the past are filled with references toWagner's Il Sigfrido, or Mozart’s Il Fluto Magico, or Figaro's Hochzeit. The idea was, of course, to fill the seats. This is especially important in comedy, because what was the point if nobody got the jokes!

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Classical Spotlight
12:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Holiday Pops For All Ages With San Antonio Symphony & Children's Chorus

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.

The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.

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