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The KPAC Blog features classical music news, reviews, and analysis from South Texas and around the world.

Escape The Summer Heat With Classical Destinations In Texas

As arts seasons draw to a close in May and June, musicians and audiences look forward to summer festivals. Locally we'll enjoy the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and Mozart Festival Texas, this July and August, along with the new "Q" chamber music series.

You don't have to look far though, for more great classical music programming this summer. This weekend in Round Rock, Project Trio teaches and performs as part of a Texas tour. Project Trio is Greg Pattillo, (beatbox) flute, Eric Stephenson, cello, and Peter Seymour, bass, who push the boundaries of chamber music with a mix of classical, jazz, hip-hop, and rock. The trio has rave reviews for enthusiastic audiences of all ages in concert halls, clubs, and classrooms around the world.  

San Antonio native cellist and Sphinx Prize winner Christine Lamprea solos Saturday night in Houston as part of Symphony Summer Nights with the Houston Symphony. Lamprea studied with Ken Freudigman, played in YOSA, and recently graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Also, the 43rd annual Round Top International Music Festival is already into their third week, and has Mahler's Seventh Symphony, an homage to Francis Poulenc and chamber music with Carol Wincenc!


John Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania.