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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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Nathan Cone / TPR

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.

Nathan Cone / TPR

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.

We've been starting this new year off with genres of music you might not listen to, or that you say you're not a fan of — so far, we've covered jazz, country and deep house.

San Antonio Symphony

Two familiar faces come back to the San Antonio Symphony. Also, listen to a string quartet in a dive bar. And then take a cinematic journey with cowboys at the Briscoe Museum. Your weekend is here, and it's definitely interesting!


Full House Productions

Kerrville-based Symphony of the Hills' next concert is called Out of This World.  Who better to ask why than Artistic Director and Conductor Gene Dowdy?


Classical music expert Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the dark time in Soviet history, which informs Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.”

Every Christmas Eve at exactly 3 p.m., the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England plays A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The tradition began in 1918, and for decades it's been broadcast on the BBC and around the world. A commemorative recording of last year's Centenary Service has just been released; it was the last one conducted by Sir Stephen Cleobury, the choir's music director for 37 years, who died just last month on Nov. 22.

Across the country, ballet companies are focused on their seasonal financial mainstay, “The Nutcracker.”

But this season has also brought something less familiar: Most of the country’s major companies are featuring choreography by women. Sharon Basco reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

Gerald Self works on a harpsichord.
David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham once quipped, “The sound of a harpsichord is two skeletons copulating on a tin roof in a thunderstorm.”  Beecham, however, never heard one of Gerald Self’s harpsichords.


Courtesy Azul Barrientos and Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

Enjoy a unique performance of the Nutcracker. Let a Latin American sound reset your holiday spirit. And then listen to tuba players light up the Riverwalk.  


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