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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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Siggi Ragnar

Two of Halloween’s cinematic traditional favorites take the stage -- together in a sense -- at Fredericksburg Road’s Deco District Woodlawn Theater.

“Right now we have a family friendly production of Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein' and it plays on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at three,” said Artistic Director Greg Hinojosa

And then things take a turn towards the Frankenstinian with the crowd-favorite "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse San Antonio is taking on "Les Miserables," a production on the largest of scales.

"'Les Mis' is obviously the most epic musical ever, and this is one of those musicals where every actor, every designer, every director has wanted to do their whole lives," said Playhouse CEO Asia Ciaravino.

Set in the first half of 1800s France, this production has connected with audiences for decades because of its evergreen human themes.

PBS

St. Mary’s University is playing host to filmmaker John Valadez on Thursday, Oct. 10. Valadez has produced PBS Frontline documentaries and other films that have aired nationally on PBS.

The university is showing two of Valadez' films that were produced for the nationally-broadcast PBS series "The Latino Americans."

Opera Piccola

Opera Piccola's season starts with a few surprises and amongst those is a big one: Moving into downtown’s Charline McCombs Empire theater.

"It only seats 800 people," said General Director Mark Richter, "so no matter where you sit in the Empire Theater, it’s a tremendous seat."

They’ve also begun positioning the company in a way unlike what many people think when they think of opera.

San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.

"It’s going to be a very exciting performance for me," he said. "Schumann is something  that’s very personal for me. I’m very close to his music. I’ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can."

Lang-Lessing is also looking forward to playing Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances."

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San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.

"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society’s 49th performing season starts October 15, so Music Director Jennifer Seighman dropped by the studio with a preview.

“We will have four major concerts," she said. "The first one is 'The Hills Are Alive: Music of Bavaria and Austria' and this is in anticipation of our choir tour to Bavaria and Austria, and also to help us get started celebrating Octoberfest this month."

Seighman said the "Hills Are Alive" performance will contain selections from "The Sound of Music."

Harry Hertzberg

An exhibit with an unusual origin opens at the downtown Central Library next week. The exhibit's curator, Allison Hays Lane, explains.

"We have over 40 wonderful, original World War I posters and prints that were found in the basement of the Hertzberg Museum," Lane said.

Lane was asked how that surprise find must have made those finding it feel.

“Almost like King Tut’s Tomb. I mean it was just wonderful!" she said.

Lane speaks in excited and reverential terms about the artists whose works comprise the "Winds and Words of War" collection.

The Witte Museum’s new exhibition is a whodunit adventure. The new exhibit is called "CSI, the Experience" and like the TV program, murder is at its core. 

The Witte’s Shannon Standley walked us through the three grisly settings where fictional victims had met their demise.

Nathan Cone

The McNay Art Museum presents another beautiful costume exhibition with "Cut! Costume and the Cinema," which shows period costumes from dozens of Hollywood blockbusters.

"It’s the largest costume collection that’s ever been presented at the McNay," said Museum Director William Chiego. "This is a chance to see a very large number of costumes made for film, and it’s a wonderful contrast to costumes made for stage." [see related story at bottom of page.]

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