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Performance Saturday

Saturdays, 7 p.m.

Each Saturday night, Texas Public Radio takes you to the stages of San Antonio and South Texas to hear the best in live classical music performance. Performance Saturday features both new and archive recordings from ensembles like Olmos Ensemble, Camerata San Antonio, the Mid-Texas Symphony, USAF Band of the West, and many others, as well as touring performers making their way through South Texas by way of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Tuesday Musical Club, and other performing arts organizations. When available, interviews with the artists provide additional context and insight into the performances and the music.

Following the 'concert' broadcast, host Nathan Cone shares music selections from the KPAC library, focusing on new releases.

Broadcast made possible by MACSA - Musical Arts Center of San Antonio.

San Antonio Symphony

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the San Antonio Symphony’s concert season this year, but audiences who may have missed the orchestra in concert at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will have a second opportunity to hear the ensemble through a six-week series of radio broadcasts on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM., Saturday nights at 7 p.m. beginning July 18.

U.S. Air Force

Like their civilian colleagues, the 40-50 musicians that make up the Lackland AFB-based U.S. Air Force Band of the West have been performing their duties "off base," literally. Since Monday, March 16, the members have been sequestered at home, awaiting their next duty call as a live ensemble. That doesn't mean they've been resting on their laurels, though. The band members are still very much on active duty, assisting with other needs in the military, and making music while alone, together.

tenor Rafael Moras on stage
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In front of an appreciative audience that included some of the educators that blessed his early life, tenor Rafael Moras gave an impassioned recital at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church on February 4, 2020 for the Tuesday Musical Club. In between arias, songs, and highlights from favorite zarzuelas, his easygoing rapport with the crowd made one feel like he was sharing these melodies just for you.

Oscar Moreno

Middle and high school students from across the KPAC listening area brought their talents to McAllister Auditorium on January 25, 2020 for the sixth annual SOUNDS LIKE KPAC competition, featuring solo and ensemble performances, plus a juried art show, and written word entries for everyone in attendance to read, all inspired by the classical music heard on Texas Public Radio’s KPAC 88.3 FM.

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On the second morning of competition at The Gurwitz International Piano Competition, judges and spectators were treated to the artistry of three talented musicians, two of whom brought the audience to their feet.

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Twelve pianists of monstrous talent have converged on San Antonio this week for The Gurwitz 2020, the San Antonio International Piano Competition that is now under the aegis of Musical Bridges Around the World. From Russia, Italy, South Korea, Ukraine, China and Canada they come, seeking the Gold Medal, and with it a $25,000 award. The Silver Medalist wins $15,000 and the Bronze Medalist will win $10,000.

Jeremy Brimhall / San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony returns to the airwaves this Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. with a concert featuring Andre Watts performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. When Watts appeared with the symphony last fall, it was his first visit to San Antonio since 2005.

The opening show also includes Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and a mesmerizing new piece by the contemporary British composer Anna Clyne, called “Masquerade.”

U.S. Navy

Two San Antonio natives returned to Texas last spring as the U.S. Navy Band made an appearance at Jackson Auditorium on the Texas Lutheran University campus. Texas Public Radio was there on March 1 with our microphones to capture the concert, which included patriotic melodies, classic American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, and virtuosic repertoire from Dmitri Shostakovich and Antonio Bazzini.

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The way Mikael Baisch tells it, he was already a performer and then, “I kind of just woke up one morning and said I’m going to write music.”

Baisch was honored along with Connie Weir and Melissa Wang at the tenth annual Jack Stone Award for New Music competition and concert. His piece, “ClockWork,” was awarded second runner up in the nationwide competition. Connor Weir took the first runner up position for “The Square,” and Melissa Wang was awarded first place for “Downright Up and Left.”

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Soprano Megan Pachecano makes her home in the northeast, but she’s never far from her home state of Texas. “We always find each other,” she says. Even in the Metropolitan Opera chorus, where she sometimes sings, at rehearsals “you can tell by the Longhorn shirts, or the cowboy boots!”