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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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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

It's Not All About the Notes: What the Arts Teach Our Children

The arts teach on many different levels
Credit Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

The arts promote skills essential to academic and life success.

Bravo to Lisa Phillips, author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner for this reminder that arts education in our  schools does much more than simply teach crafts, music and acting. There's also problem solving, creativity, confidence, and so much more that kids take away from these studies. 

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:27 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Puccini Gets Real In 'La Rondine' [With Video]

Kristine Opolais in 'La Rondine'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two views of Puccini. To his admirers he is one of the most beloved, most lyrical and at times moving composers of the modern period -- and successful beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings.

Detractors, however, have a different view. For all the dramatic (or melodramatic) force of his music and his undeniable lyric gift, finally he is enthralled by the mob. His lucrative populism is almost an embarrassment, and the joke he once told about his talent: "God touched me, but with his little finger," is perhaps, a truer saying than his fans care to admit.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 2:20 pm

  • Anne Akiko Meyers — the violinist who made news a year ago for an album recorded on her two Stradivarius instruments, including the then record price-breaking "Molitor" Strad, which she purchased for $3.6 million — announced yesterday that she's been given lifetime use of the 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarne
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Classical Spotlight
2:48 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Striking Up The Band: Drumline Live Comes To Boerne

Drumline Live coming to South Texas
Drumline Live

Marching band will fill Boerne Champion High School Auditorium

Drumline Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. With rhythm, bold beats and energy, the stage show is a synchronized musical showcase. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances ranges from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.

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Classical Spotlight
2:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Opera Piccola Shares The Gypsy Love In Music And Dance

Saturday night at OLLU
Opera Piccola

Brahms Fest continues Saturday night at OLLU

Voices, piano, and dance all come together at the Brahms Festival this weekend with Opera Piccola's Gypsy Love.  Two sets of Gypsy songs and the New Lovesong Waltzes will be performed with a quartet of singers.

The Ballet Arts School will interpret these songs, with original choreography.  

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Classical Spotlight
3:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Call YOSA, Maybe? Pop Up Event Highlights Lighter Side of Orchestra

Troy Peters at TPR
John Clare TPR

Troy Peters has arranged and organized contemporary tunes for fundraiser

Saturday night Radius becomes much more than offices and a restaurant; the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio will transform the space to an orchestral club. "And the idea is that we just show up with an orchestra in various places, and we've memorized a song, we've worked out an arrangement together, and we sing and play songs that people aren't used to orchestral musicians perform," says Music Director Troy Peters.

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Classical Spotlight
3:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Karen Kamensek Leads Unique Concert With San Antonio Symphony

Conductor Karen Kamensek at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Program has rarities from Chabrier and Ives

While this weekend's program is setup traditionally as an overture, concerto and symphony, the music is more than just everyday. "If anything is typical, it's the concerto that we're playing, the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, which itself isn't typical, but it's the one where people might know the melodies," says Karen Kamensek.

The return of this former Houston Opera conductor to Texas also welcomes an American gem, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:55 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

A new study claims that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:54 am

Researchers in London claim that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving — in fact, that it caused more erratic driving than hip-hop, heavy metal or not listening to music at all.

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KPAC Blog: Itinerarios
2:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Latin American String Quartet Celebrates 30 Years

Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

In many ways, KPAC and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano have lived parallel lives over the past 30 years. San Antonio's cultural profile would be quite different today if not for KPAC's dedication to providing great music around the clock for the greater San Antonio area. For these same three decades, the Latin American String Quartet has emerged as the essential champion of Latin American music for string quartet. Long may both these cultural institutions survive.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:45 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec's Sense of Place

The mountainside Montserrat monastery, north of Barcelona, inspired Paul Moravec to write a cello concerto.
Luis Davilla Cover/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 2:10 pm

"Location, location, location" is the mantra of real estate, but for centuries geographical locales have also been a boon to the imagination of many a composer. Think of Tchaikovsky, who mimicked the bugle calls he heard each morning while visiting Rome in the opening brass fanfare of his Capriccio Italien.

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