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Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media, doing both television and radio.

In his mid-20s, Jack was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations, but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations in Austin (KLRU), Orlando (WMFE), Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent five years as director of production, where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

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Ballet San Antonio

Ballet San Antonio is gearing up for their move into the Tobin next year, but first, there's this season.

"We start with Ben Stevenson’s 'Cinderella' and from there we go into 'The Nutcracker' with the San Antonio Symphony," says Ballet San Antonio’s Executive Director Courtney Barker. "We’re going to be having 'Firebird,' which is an exciting ballet with some mixed repertoire of contemporary works. And then finally we’re going to be doing a free community performance at La Villita."

John Clare / TPR Arts

Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.

"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.

Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

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ARTS San Antonio’s new season is just around the corner and Executive Director John Toohey says unlike some arts organizations in the city, which have a narrow focus, their niche is in providing a wide style of performance art.

"People come here from all over the world, so we bring performing artists here from all over the world," Toohey says.

So what should San Antonians look for this fall?

Gary O. Smith

A very unusual concert that happens every solstice takes place this Saturday in a very unlikely location.

Celebrating the autumnal equinox, concert-goers head eighty feet down, deep inside the Cave Without a Name, which is near Boerne. Musician Rudi Harst and a makeshift band will play, along with an interesting partner.

"The most important musician in the room is the cave herself," Harst said. "The resonant aspect of the room, and also, the deeply spiritual experience of being deep within mother earth."

Artpace staff

The large glass windows at Artpace’s 445 North Main facility features an unusual new exhibit, with legs ascending from sand piles in the floor, swirling towards the ceiling.

Artist Julia Barbosa Landois describes it:

"There are all these different legs," she says. " They start as these neutral, earthy colors, and they become very vibrant, purples, light blue, turquoise, pink. And then at the top they become reflective, embossed, colored foil."

Matthew Diekman / Camerata San Antonio

Camerata San Antonio begins its next season by taking the show on the road. The popular local Chamber Music ensemble made up of San Antonio Symphony players has been dazzling south Texas audiences for the last decade.

Ken Freudigman, who plays cello in the group, dropped by to talk about their coming programs, starting in Boerne and Kerrville.

"We have music from Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók, we’re doing some music of Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, music of Brahms and Mendelssohn, all throughout the entire year," he said.

Michael Smith for the McNay Art Museum

A new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum reveals the important role of costumes and design in a stage production's acting and set.

McNay Art Museum Director William Chiego introduces us to their new exhibition, Onstage! Costume Design and the Theatre, which runs now through Jan. 5, 2014.

"Onstage is a wonderful demonstration of some of the leading costume designers that are represented in the Tobin collection, and it shows how costume design was translated into the actual work for the stage," Chiego said.

San Antonio Mastersingers

The San Antonio Mastersingers open next month celebrating their 70th season performing with the San Antonio Symphony with a performance of Symphonic Dances on Oct. 11 & 12 .

"We begin the season with the symphony performing 'Miriam's Song of Triumph' by Franz Schubert Oct. 11 and 12 at the Majestic, and then we quickly go into the holiday season," says Mastersinger and board member Chancey Blackburn. "We have four performances this year of Handel's 'Messiah' and we're also performing the Holiday Pops."

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As part of a larger strategy to build new arts facilities at the University of the Incarnate Word, a new ceramics and sculpture studio was dedicated Tuesday.

UIW President Louis Agnese explained at the unveiling how the Ruth Eilene Sullivan Ceramic and Sculpture Studio signals a renewed commitment to the arts.

"We wouldn't be spending $16 million at the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand on all of our programs on music and art if we were not focused on that area," Agnese said.

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

The $203 million re-imagining of downtown's old Municipal Auditorium into the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has transformed the building's looks drastically.

"We're going to open a year from now," said Foundation Chair Bruce Bugg. "We're going to be debt free the day we open."

President of the Tobin Center Michael Fresher said the venue's improved acoustics are only one of its attributes.

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