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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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Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

Last winter, the future of the San Antonio Symphony was in doubt, after contract talks between the musicians union and the Symphony broke down. But a few days into the new year, a cash infusion from Bexar County, and the City of San Antonio, not to mention overwhelming public support, helped the San Antonio Symphony finish its season strong. According to the Symphony’s interim executive director, Michael Kaiser, the organization is opening this season $200,000 in the black.

Courtesy Photo / Austin Baroque Orchestra

Billy Traylor of the Austin Baroque Orchestra said there's one thing in particular that makes the group stand out.

 


Renée Fleming is becoming America's go-to singer. The celebrated soprano, who has performed at a broad range of high-profile events off the opera stage, is scheduled to sing at Senator John McCain's memorial service this Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral.

Fleming is slated to sing the Irish standard "Danny Boy" — at McCain's request — alongside tributes to the late Senator by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and a homily by Bay Area Catholic leader Father Edward A. Reese.

A few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, composer Gabriel Kahane decided he needed to take a journey. On Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the votes were counted, Kahane boarded an Amtrak train in Penn Station in New York City. He left his smartphone behind. He unplugged from the Internet. And he spent the next two weeks riding across the country, talking to people.

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