KPAC Blog

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
1:05 am
Sat December 1, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Years, 30 Musical Moments

Glenn Gould's 1981 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

In 1982 I was pushed into a chair in front of a microphone to back announce Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3."  Back then, KPAC was brand new, and had four turntables, reel to reel machines, and a small staff. With no university or college to support us, bringing classical music to San Antonio was a gamble from the get - go. Here are some of my favorite musical moments of the last three decades.

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KPAC blog: The Piano
1:11 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

On The Piano: Size Isn't Everything For Schubert's 'Impromptus'

Caricature of singer Johann Michael Vogl (left) and composer Franz Schubert (right). The caption (in German) reads: Michael Vogl and Franz Schubert go out for battle and victory.
: Original resides at the Historic Museum of the City of Vienna

Franz Schubert had great friends, and he needed them. His father wanted him to teach school, but Franz was built to compose music, and what started as a family hobby turned into an all consuming passion. Giving up his teaching job, Schubert turned to his friends, and with their help he was allowed, slowly and painfully, to become the artist he knew himself to be.

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KPAC blog: Saturday Afternoon At The Opera
5:47 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Season Finale: Franz Josef Haydn’s 'Orlando Paladino'

Franz Joseph Haydn
Wikipedia

At one time Franz Josef Haydn had the best and worst job in the world. From his earliest youth he had found his way into the employ of the Eszterhazy family. Once he settled in, and with the exception of the rare argument, this arrangement (1761-1802) continued into his final retirement from ill health. He started with Prince Paul Anton (Pal Antal 1711-1762) first as assistant Kapellemeister and then the top post. But after that patron’s death his real compositional life began.

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Classical Spotlight
10:05 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Holidays Come To Life With Symphony Of The Hills And Jay Dunahoo

Jay Dunahoo at the TPR Studios
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Classical Favorites like the Messiah and Manneheim Steamroller on tap

Christmas Through the Ages shows many of sides to the Symphony of the Hills. They will play the first portion of 'The Messiah,' selections by Mannhein Steamroller's Chip Davis as well as A Canadian Brass Chrsitmas. Classical masterworks of Vaughan-Williams and Samuel Barber also round out the program at the Callioux Theater on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m..

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KPAC Blog: 30th Anniversary
3:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Latin American Recordings

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, en los árboles.
Credit Courtesy Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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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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