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The KPAC Blog features classical music news, reviews, and analysis from South Texas and around the world. Scroll down for feature writings about the music played on air as well as other interviews and essays about classical music. To listen to KPAC 88.3 FM, simply open the player in the gray ribbon at the top of this page and choose KPAC: Classical Music.

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Despite being one of the first and oldest forms of popular music, opera sometimes struggles to connect with 21st century audiences. However, Anthony Roth Costanzo is breaking down the genre's stodgy stereotype and making opera more accessible — taking his distinctive sound to the masses, from a sixth-grade classroom in the Bronx to NPR's own Tiny Desk.

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On her previous album, “Wonderland,” Alice Sara Ott explored the music and myths of Edvard Grieg and his native Norway. Now “Nightfall,” which Ott calls “one of the most personal recordings” she has made, gathers music by three composers who lived and worked in France.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us.

Guest

Lucia Micarelli, violinist. Her new album “An Evening With Lucia Micarelli” will be released Sept. 28. (@theloosh)

The New York Philharmonic announced Sunday that it has taken action against two prominent musicians over unspecified "misconduct": the orchestra's principal oboist, Liang Wang, and its associate principal trumpeter, Matthew Muckey.

The orchestra said the decision came after a five-month internal investigation, led by a former federal judge. Both musicians dispute the Philharmonic's findings, and while the musicians' union reviews the orchestra's decision, the two have been placed on unpaid leave.

Jason Murgo

As the weather begins to cool, San Antonio's music scene is heating up.

For example, Camerata San Antonio is in celebration mode. Cellist and co-founder Ken Freudigman explains that the group has reached an important milestone.

 

"It's the beginning of our 15th season here in San Antonio playing great chamber music," he said.

Their weekend performances will mark that anniversary with a special theme.

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