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Performance Saturday

Saturdays, 7 p.m.

Each Saturday night, Texas Public Radio takes you to the stages of San Antonio and South Texas to hear the best in live classical music performance. Performance Saturday features both new and archive recordings from ensembles like the Heart of Texas Concert Band, the Mid-Texas Symphony, USAF Band of the West, and many others, as well as touring performers making their way through South Texas by way of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Tuesday Musical Club, and other performing arts organizations. When available, interviews with the artists provide additional context and insight into the performances and the music.

Following the 'concert' broadcast, host Nathan Cone shares music selections from the KPAC library, focusing on new releases.

Nathan Cone / TPR

“I actually remember the first time I came to San Antonio,” pianist Martina Filjak told me following her April recital at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church. “I really enjoyed the city. I think I really fell in love with San Antonio on first sight and it seems, really, that the love was mutual.”

Melissa Monroe-Young / Alamo Colleges

Sitting before you is a blank sheet of paper, save for an empty musical staff. You assignment is to write great music using the guidelines of the contest you’ve already entered. Not more than eight minutes, and the instrumentation… what is it, string quartet? Maybe solo piano? How about a short cello sonata?

Or maybe you’re told to write for trombone and violin.

Suzanne Pack

As part of KPAC’s 35th anniversary celebration, this week’s “Performance Saturday” features two piano recitals that were produced in honor of the milestone.

The first half of the program was recorded on March 25, 2018 at the home of Jeffrey Glass, MD, who hosted an intimate gathering of the “Class of 1982.” These classical music fans and donors were instrumental in the early success of KPAC (then at 90.9 FM) by giving of their time and talent, enabling the organization to grow and eventually merge with San Antonio Community Radio to create Texas Public Radio.

Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

The U.S. Air Force Band of the West and the St. Mary’s University Wind Ensemble are teaming up on Monday for a double-sized, side-by-side concert featuring the best of both ensembles, and the premiere of a new piece of music by Anthony Barfield.

Cindy Kelleher Photography

If there was one consistent comment I heard from both judges and audience members alike at this year's SOUNDS LIKE KPAC talent competition, it's that the music, and and writing were of exceptionally high quality this year. Tallying the scores during intermission, it was clear this was a tight race. At the end of the afternoon, students from Ronald Reagan High School, Health Careers High School, Clark High School, and one local homeschool student all took first place awards at SOUNDS LIKE KPAC, held January 28, 2018 at McAllister Auditorium on the campus of San Antonio College.

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