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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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Deceptive Cadence
1:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977.
James Garrett New York Daily News via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:12 am

Have you ever wondered whether music conductors actually influence their orchestras?

They seem important. After all, they're standing in the middle of the stage and waving their hands. But the musicians all have scores before them that tell them what to play. If you took the conductor away, could the orchestra manage on its own?

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Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Tue November 27, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Vocal Recordings

Publicity photo of Maria Callas (1923 – 1977) as Violetta in La Traviata at the Royal Opera House (1958).
Credit Houston Rogers / Wikipedia

This month, KPAC is celebrating thirty years of broadcasting. Our hosts are having some fun sharing "30 lists" - artists, music, movies, and recordings you might enjoy, that help shape the sound of your classical oasis.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:29 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Joyce DiDonato: Sublime Singing Makes The Unreal Real

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Josef Fischnaller courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:24 am

It's true — opera is totally over the top. Plots can strain even the barest semblance of credulity (too many cases of ghosts and mistaken identities to count), with characters that could get you thrown out of an introductory writing course, down to the blushing ingenues and the evil connivers who might as well be twirling waxed mustaches.

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Classical Spotlight
1:35 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Choruses Create Winter Magic In Holiday Music Celebration At Concordia

Winter Magic this weekend with CCSA
CCSA

The Children's Chorus of San Antonio performs at Concordia Lutheran Church

It's a new location for Winter Magic with the Children's Chorus of San Antonio! "Our numbers have grown this year which is absolutely wonderful, but we needed a larger space," says Marguerite McCormick.

"We combine the choirs in a couple of different ways - sometimes two or three of the training choirs will sing together, sometimes the advanced choirs will sing together, and then we do feature all seven choirs; all 250 plus children in this concert!"

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Classical Spotlight
1:29 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Love In Art And Music: Inspirations Of Aphrodite And More From Musical Offerings

Joan Christenson
Musical Offerings

Joan Christenson opens season at the San Antonio Museum of Art

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Classical Spotlight
11:42 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Fredericksburg Chorale Brings Old And New Together For Christmas Concerts

Mark Hierholzer
Fredericksburg Chorale

Christmas Concert includes Bach, Saint-Saens and Hierholzer

It is a busy time of year, but the Fredericksburg Chorale are prepared and ready for three concerts Friday and Saturday.

"We have all ages: sixteen, seventeen, twenty-year-olds to ninety, and ninety-five-year-old members! It really is a great mix, and a delight to hear the teamwork," says director Mark Hierholzer.

Hierholzer will have a new work on the program and lead selections from the keyboard.

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Arts & Culture
1:26 am
Sun November 25, 2012

On Itinerarios This Week: The 2012 Latin Grammys

The Grammys are important even if they relegate most of the classical awards to the afternoon well before the television cameras begins to roll, and it's much the same at the Latin Grammys, except more intimate, according to recording editor and mastering engineer Paul Blakemore.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

The American Way On 'The Piano'

Dixie Flag Company

This country is always in motion, or as one shipping company calls it "moving at the speed of business." Before the question of slavery became a civil war, American's enjoyed their minstrel shows, and after the conflagration, touring minstrel shows were once again one of this country's favorite pastimes.

This Sunday on "The Piano," music that has many fathers, music that comes together, ferments a bit and becomes something new - different and distinctly American.

Deceptive Cadence
3:13 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music

As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world.
Stephen Taylor

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 3:36 am

Missy Mazzoli, a 32-year-old composer from Brooklyn, says she never wanted to write an opera until she read the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss adventurer from the turn of the 20th century. Oddly enough, Mazzoli first learned about Eberhardt while listening to NPR. Years later, she stumbled upon the explorer's journals in a bookstore.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Soundtrack Review: "Lincoln"

Credit Sony Music Entertainment

Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams’s long and fruitful collaboration continues with “Lincoln.”  The prolific Williams draws upon folk styles to create an impression of America’s 16th president.

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