Monday, November 24, 2008

Bocelli in SA

Andrea Bocelli is performing tomorrow and Wednesday for the San Antonio Opera. On the program is Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni (sung in Italian with English/Spanish supertitles). They'll also perform operatic favorites on the first half of the concert.
Listen for a news story on KSTX this afternoon and we'll are happy to share this video footage from this afternoon's press conference.

In the holiday mood?

As the countdown to the Holidays begins and seasonal music fills the airwaves, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) today announced its Top 25 most performed holiday songs for the past five years, based on performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide.

Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman, said: "More than anything else, music sets the mood for the Holidays, evoking the magic of the season and memories of Holidays past. These timeless classics have been recorded by artists in every genre, yet each song retains the original stamp of its creators."

Topping the list for the second time is "Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. This perennial classic, written in 1934, was an instant hit for legendary bandleader Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians who took it to the #2 spot on the Billboard charts the same year. 1946 recordings by the Andrews Sisters and Perry Como established the song
as a Yuletide favorite.

Re-entering the Top 25 list after a brief hiatus is "This Christmas," written by Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor. Featured on the 1968 Soulful Christmas compilation album, the song has been recorded by numerous artists including Gladys Knight, the Temptations, Peabo Bryson, Usher, Ruben Studdard and Gloria Estefan. It was also featured on the Soundtrack
for the 2002 movie Friday After Next starring Ice Cube.

The Top 25 most performed ASCAP holiday songs of the past five years are listed below. Each song includes songwriter credits, and cites the most popular artist version played on radio.

1. Winter Wonderland
Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Performed by: Eurythmics

2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Performed by: The Pretenders

4. Sleigh Ride
Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Performed by: The Ronettes

5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by: Frank Sinatra

6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Performed by: Michael Bublé

7. White Christmas
Written by: Irving Berlin
Performed by: Bing Crosby

8. Jingle Bell Rock
Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Performed by: Bobby Helms

9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Gene Autry

10. Little Drummer Boy
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

11. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
Performed by: Andy Williams

12. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Brenda Lee

13. Silver Bells
Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by: Kenny G

14. I'll Be Home For Christmas
Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Performed by: Amy Grant

15. Feliz Navidad
Written by: José Feliciano
Performed by: José Feliciano

16. Frosty The Snowman
Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Performed by: The Ronettes

17. A Holly Jolly Christmas
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Burl Ives

18. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Written by: Meredith Willson
Performed by: Johnny Mathis

19. Blue Christmas
Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
Performed by: Elvis Presley

20. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by: Perry Como

21. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
Performed by: John Mellencamp

22. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
Performed by: Gene Autry

23. Carol Of The Bells
Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
Performed by: David Foster (instrumental version)

24. Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)
Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
Performed by: Band Aid

25. This Christmas
Written by Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor
Performed by Gloria Estefan

Some facts about the Top 25 ASCAP Holiday Songs:

Oldest songs:
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Winter Wonderland" (both 1934)

Newest song:
"Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)" (1984)

Most recorded Holiday song:
"White Christmas" with well over 500 versions in dozens of languages

Songs introduced in Film and Television
"White Christmas" in Holiday Inn (1942)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
"Silver Bells" in The Lemon Drop Kid (1950)
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" in TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Writer with most top Holiday songs:
Johnny Marks with three - "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around
the Christmas Tree," and "A Holly Jolly Christmas"

"Sleigh Ride" is the only holiday song on the list written originally as an
instrumental piece for a symphony orchestra. The Boston Pops Orchestra
gave the first performance in a concert conducted by Arthur Fiedler at
Symphony Hall in Boston, May 4, 1948. Mills Music published it that same
year. The Boston Pops Orchestra recorded it in June of 1949. Mitchell
Parish added lyrics in 1949.

New Release: American Muse

Did you know William Schuman created and conducted the Alamo Society Orchestra as a young man? He was sixteen and it was his first musical organization, "Billy Schuman and his Alamo Society Orchestra" playing for proms, bar mitzvahs and weddings!

Joseph Polisi (left) has just written American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schuman. He recently spoke with host John Clare about the new biography about the great American composer and administrator in his office at the Juilliard School in New York City.
See the video interview here or click on the video below.

You can purchase American Muse here at Amazon and a portion will benefit Texas Public Radio.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Top 20

When you compare baseball or other sports teams, there’s only one statistic that matters in the end: who wins the most games. When it comes to assessing the respective quality of the world’s top orchestras, the comparisons are much more complicated to make. Many different factors and qualities must be taken into consideration, and assessments are much more subjective. Despite the challenges, and potential controversy, Gramophone has gone in search of the “World’s Best Orchestra” and, in its December issue, will publish its list of the world’s Top 20 orchestras.

To create its list, Gramophone polled leading critics around the world, including Alex Ross (New Yorker) and Mark Swed (Los Angeles Times) in the U.S., Rob Cowan in the U.K, critics from France’s Le Monde, Austria’s Die Presse, Germany’s Die Welt, and the leading paper in the Netherlands. Also included were various editors associated with Gramophone around the world, including editor James Inverne and editor in chief James Jolly in London, and the respective editors of the local editions of Gramophone in Korea, Spain and China.

Depending on the reader’s geographical location and personal tastes, Gramophone’s list will by turns confirm, surprise, and possibly confound. Three of the world’s most famous orchestras occupy the top three positions, but their ordering might surprise some readers. At No. 5, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is America’s top-ranked orchestra. While many of the Top 10 orchestras are more than a century old (and then some, with the Dresden Staatskapelle, at No. 10, being founded in 1548!), the Russian National Orchestra (founded in 1990) and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, this season celebrating its 25th anniversary, are relative youngsters.

Gramophone’s editor James Inverne observes:

“The celebrated ensembles on our list represent the triumph of “character” in orchestras. Too many bands these days have a uniform, slick but generalized sound, whereas the Concertgebouw (No. 1) is one of the last to really have an immediately identifiable sound, and to arguably (to an extent) plumb the character of composers in the way an actor will with his roles. Others on the list who also have that quality are the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (that famous brass sound) at No. 5, the very unsung Budapest Festival Orchestra (No. 9), and the Dresden Staatskapelle (No. 10).

Iván Fischer, who founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, comments:

“I think it’s a good list and it’s a great honor to be part of it. For me, the difference between good orchestras and great orchestras is obvious: in good orchestras musicians may get it right, but in great orchestras they offer that special ‘extra.’ It’s the musicians’ personal involvement, imagination, intuition, and ability to take risks that makes a great orchestra what it is: a group of creative artists.”

Several guest artists and critics offer short written appreciations for members of the Top 10 Club, including Marin Alsop (for the London Symphony Orchestra [No. 4], which she has guest conducted frequently) and Leonard Slatkin (for the Los Angeles Philharmonic [No. 8], where he was principal guest conductor 2005-2007).

Gramophone’s “World’s Best Orchestra” cover story will be published on November 21 in the UK (November 28 in the US). Gramophone’s web site is at

The Top 20
1) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
2) Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
3) Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
4) London Symphony Orchestra
5) Chicago Symphony Orchestra
6) Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
7) Cleveland Orchestra
8) Los Angeles Philharmonic
9) Budapest Festival Orchestra
10) Dresden Staatskapelle
11) Boston Symphony Orchestra
12) New York Philharmonic
13) San Francisco Symphony
14) Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
15) Russian National Orchestra
16) Leningrad Philharmonic
17) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
18) Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
19) Saito Kinen Orchestra
20) Czech Philharmonic

The Canadian South paw vs. the Austrian Primster

In the early 1970's Canadian pianist Glenn Gould upset the apple-cart with his recordings of Mozart's Piano Sonatas. Quick tempos and detached notes had critics and listeners alike crying foul, "this is not Mozart!" Gould ignored their abuse saying that he only liked Mozart's early sonatas where he was influenced by C.P.E. Bach. He topped this off by say the problem with Mozart is that he lived too long, simplified his composing style and did not fulfill his contrapuntal potential.

Thirty years later with the early instrument boom and bust, listeners are used to what Gould did so long ago. It turns out that the creamy-legato that we were used to in old performances/ recordings was wrong. Mozart didn't play that way and ironically, according to Beethoven, his playing was very much like Gould's, with clipped notes and fast tempos.

Not quite sure? Listen to the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 and hear for yourself.

host Randy Anderson

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Grave than Gravy

Sometimes great music can't get a break. Robert Schumann suggested that Chopin had in this sonata "simply bound together four of his most unruly children." Rachmaninoff ignored Chopin's dynamic instructions for the third movement of this sonata just like Anton Rubinstein had before him. And the Polish virtuoso Ignacz Friedman played the finale as if ghosts were after him.

What piece of music had such a bumpy start? The Chopin Second
Piano Sonata in B-flat minor. Schumann was right, the funeral march came first and Chopin surrounded it with a highly romantic view of life and death. Most pianists today are more correct than terrifying when it comes to playing this masterpiece, but you can experience some of the many different ways this music can be played this Sunday on Texas Public Radio.

Hear what went into one of the all time best loved works of Chopin on the Piano, Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host Randy Anderson

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Classical Spotlight: Voices

We touch base with lots of voices in the community on today's Classical Spotlight!

First we hear from Stephanie Key and Ertan Torgul from Soli, about a concert tonight at Blue Star Art Center's Main Gallery at 7:30pm.

Then Karem Sezen, conductor with the Vienna Boys Choir talks about their tour and performing at Laurie Auditorium Friday night at 7:30pm.

The Tuesday Music Club presents Opera to Broadway with Alissa Anderson, mezzo soprano; Marianne Cope, soprano; and Christopher DeVage, baritone. The concert is November 18th at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 2:00 pm.

Tuesday night at Bjorn’s a cd release party is scheduled for Voci di Sorelle from 7 to 8:30pm. Their second cd is called Magnificat, Early Christmas Music.
Also, violinist Craig Sorgi plays a recital Tuesday night at 7:30 in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity University campus. More info at 999-8406.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Latest luthier breakthrough?

They may be looking for mushrooms! Read about it here.
"A Swiss researcher said Thursday he had hit on an unlikely way of recreating the unique sound of a Stradivarius violin -- by treating the wood of a replica instrument with mushrooms."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ribbit, Rippit: Haydn's Frog Quartet

The Prazak Quartet is in town, playing for the San Antonio Chamber Music Society and performing in schools as outreach.
They stopped by the Texas Public Radio studios to talk with John Clare (seen right with the quartet) and performed in the studio as well!
Here they show why Haydn's Opus 50 is called the "Frog" - listen and watch the first violinist who plays the same note on two different strings (he's on the left hand side of the screen.)

They think Haydn wrote this to amuse his audience, including the Prince and Emperor! You can also see the Prazak's play a movement of Haydn here.

Good conduct

There's ripples in the conducting world as Ricardo Muti is having a spat with the Royals, read about it here.
You can also vote in our weekly poll about who you would choose to conduct a concert at your birhtday bash just like Prince Charles! Just look at the right hand side here to place your vote, or write one in - and see our previous polls below right!
And the San Antonio Symphony conductor search continues, be sure to fill out the survey and watch exclusive video interviews with the maestros here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Celebrate/Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-yo Ma is inviting experienced musicians and amateurs alike to join him in pushing the boundaries of music creation by entering his contest, Celebrate & Collaborate.
Ma recorded the melody to "Dona Nobis Pacem” (Give Us Peace), on, for users to download and collaborate with him. Indaba allows users to add a counter-melody to Yo-Yo’s part, or to record an entirely new set of their own variations. When done, users re-upload their final version and will then be entered into the contest, and featured on the Indaba page
Submissions are due by December 31 of this year, and your friends, enemies , and confidants can nominate you. Click on tell a friend when you submit your collaboration, and spread the word about your collaboration with Yo-Yo. Take a listen, to what other participants have done, and be part of the worldwide community of composers. Voting Starts December 31! First Place winner will record with Yo-Yo Ma in a special one-on-one collaboration!
The winner's rendition will also be featured on, Yo-Yo's MySpace page, and on Indaba Music.
The Top Ten winners as voted by the Indaba community, will each receive a signed copy of Songs of Joy & Peace.
You can listen to what current contest participants have already recorded, by clicking on their picture icons, down the left side of the Indaba page.
For inspiration, we've included a counter-melody recorded by Yo-Yo, as well as a variation from Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer. Check them out in the Source Files section to the right of the Indaba page). Also, the sheet music for Dona Nobis Pacem is also available to download.


1. Eligibility.
These Official Rules apply only to legal U.S. residents at least thirteen (13) years of age as of October 7, 2008 who reside in and who are physically located in the 50 United States (excluding its territories and possessions). By entering this Contest, entrants understand that they are competing against entrants from other territories outside of the 50 United States. Entrants from outside the 50 United States are subject to the official rules of the territory in which they reside. Employees, agents or officers of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (“Sponsor”), Indaba Media, LLC (“Indaba Music”) or of any entity involved in the development, production, implementation and distribution of the Celebrate and Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma Contest (the “Contest”), including any advertising or promotion agency, supplier of prizes for the Contest, parent company, service provider, subsidiary or affiliate of any such entity or any other entity directly associated with the Contest or any member of the immediate family of and/or person living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the Contest. The Contest is void where restricted or prohibited by law.

2. Entries.
(a) To enter the Contest, log onto and follow the directions to enter between 12:00pm ET on October 7, 2008 and 11:59pam ET on December 31, 2008. In order to participate in this Contest, you are required to register at and enter full name and email address. Entrants must complete the entry form by listing his/her name and email address. Entrants will be instructed to either a) download the available version of Yo-Yo Ma’s recording of “Dona Nobis Pacem”, record an instrumental duet of any kind with the recording and upload the duet to the Web page listed on the contest page at; or b) download the available sheet music and record an interpretation of “Dona Nobis Pacem” and upload the audio track to the Web page listed on the contest page at Entrant must be the one performing the piece in the Entry. Entrant must upload the audio track to the Web page listed at By entering the Contest, you hereby agree that participation in this Contest is subject to the Indaba Music standard terms and conditions found at and privacy policy found at To the extent there is a conflict between these Official Rules and the Indaba Music standard terms and conditions, these Official Rules shall govern.

(b) For purposes of these Official Rules, the “Dona Nobis Pacem” recording shall be defined as “Sponsor Content” and each Entrant’s original elements shall be referred to herein as the “Submission Materials”. Registered Indaba Music users will have the opportunity to view and vote for the Entrant’s audio recordings.

(c) Only one entry per person. If multiple entries are received for the same entrant, only the first entry submitted by that entrant will qualify for entry in the Contest and subsequent entries submitted by that entrant shall be disqualified. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, Sponsor, Indaba Music and these Official Rules and to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Sponsor, and those working for Sponsor or on behalf of Sponsor, will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or postage due mail or e-mail, or for Internet, computer hardware and software, phone, and/or any other technical errors, malfunctions, and delays. Entries which are mutilated, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, forged, irregular in any way, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules are also void. In the event of a dispute concerning who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the e-mail account from which the entry is made. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person to whom an email address is assigned by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

(d) In addition, the Submission Materials may not contain references which are obscene, crude or vulgar, and/or which contain gang identification, references to commercial products, license plate numbers, phone numbers, personal addresses (physical or email), Web site URLs, derogatory characterizations of any ethnic, racial, sexual or religious groups, references to illegal or inappropriate activity, behavior or conduct, or any other references that could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

3. Our Right to Use Your Work and Information about You.
(a) Submission Materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

(b) With the exception of any Sponsor Content:

(i) you represent and warrant that: (A) all contents of Submission Materials are wholly original, have been created and performed entirely by Entrant, have not been taken in whole or in part from any source other than Entrant and do not incorporate or include anything that is owned by any third party or would require the consent of any third party; (B) you own and/or control 100% of all right, title and interest in and to the Submission Materials, as well as all elements contained therein; (C) the Submission Materials do not and shall not violate any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right, or any other right of any third party; and (D) the Submission Materials, or any part thereof, have not been commercially released; and

(ii) you agree that the Submission Materials shall be a "work made for hire," with all rights therein, including, without limitation, the exclusive copyright, being the property of Sponsor. In the event the Submission Materials are considered not to be a "work made for hire," you irrevocably assign to Sponsor all right, title, and interest in your entry (including, without limitation, the copyright) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, anywhere in the world, with the right to make any and all uses thereof, including, without limitation, for purposes of advertising or trade.

(c) You hereby hold Sponsor and Indaba Music harmless from and against any third party claim arising from use of the Submission Materials. You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the Submission Materials or to be compensated for any such uses. You hereby represent and warrant that you and each person who is identifiable in the Submission Materials are at least 13 years of age and that you have read these Official Rules and are fully familiar with its contents.

(d) By providing Submission Materials in connection with this Contest, you grant to Sponsor, its affiliated companies, and Indaba Music the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), voice, biographical information, Submission Materials, entry form information and written and oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing the Submission Materials, Sponsor, Indaba Music and their products and services, without compensation unless required by law. You shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), e-mail address, biographical information, or entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to Sponsor and its affiliated companies with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including the entrants who are selected as Winners and those entrants who are not selected as the Winners. Sponsor and Indaba Music are under no obligation to use the Submission Materials for any purpose.


4. Selection of Winner / Prizes.
(a) Entries received between October 7, 2008 and December 31, 2008 will compete against each other for the Grand Prize (as defined below). Submissions will be posted on the Website during the Contest Period, thereby allowing consumers to vote for their favorite Submission based on the following criteria: originality (25%), creativity (25%), concept (25%), and musicality (25%), between January 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm EDT and January 10, 2009 11:59 am EDT ("Voting Period"). Limit one vote per email address per person. Any attempt by entrant and/or his/her family/friends to vote more than once by using multiple names or email address and/or any other fraudulent mechanism, as determined by Indaba Music in its sole discretion, shall give Indaba Music the right to disqualify entrant in its discretion. Voting nominates the top 10 entries (“Top 10”) for Grand Prize consideration. In the event of a tie, the final standings shall be determined by which entry received the score first. After the public Voting Period, Yo-Yo Ma will select one (1) winner from all the entries on the basis of the following criteria: originality (25%), creativity (25%), concept (25%), and musicality (25%). The winner of the final round shall be the entry which receives the highest overall score (such winner shall be the “Grand Prize Winner”). For clarity, Yo-Yo Ma, in his discretion will select a winner from all the Submission entries, regardless of their rank as determined by voting. In the event of a tie, the Grand Prize Winner shall be the entry which receives the highest score on originality. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected. For purposes of these Official Rules, the Top 10 and the Grand Prize Winner shall collectively be referred to as the “Winners”.

The Top 10 will be selected on or about January 14, 2009. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected on our about January 12, 2009. The decision of the judges shall be final and binding in all regards.

(b) The Winners will be notified by email, and each Winner (and parent or legal guardian if Winner is under 21) will be required to sign, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release (and any other documents required by Sponsor), within five (5) calendar days of notification. Each Winner will also be required to send a copy of his/her passport, driver’s license or birth certificate as proof of age and residency. If a Winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if a Winner rejects the prize, in the event of noncompliance with these Rules, or if the Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release is not properly executed, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner may be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. The Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release must be complete and must include the Winner’s social security or resident alien identification number. The information in Winner’s Affidavit of Eligibility must be correct and must be identical to the information provided in Winner's entry or the Winner will be disqualified.

(c) The Grand Prize Winner will receive the opportunity to record a musical piece with Yo-Yo Ma, as chosen by him. The estimated retail value of Grand Prize will be determined by Sponsor’s decision in the method of executing the recording. The Top 10 nominated by voting will each receive an autographed copy of Yo-Yo Ma’s CD Songs of Joy and Peace. In no event shall the total retail value of the Prizes exceed Four Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($4,800.00).


Other conditions and restrictions apply. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions.

(c) By accepting the prizes, Winner releases and discharges Sponsor, Indaba Music, Yo-Yo Ma, Sound Postings, Inc, their respective affiliated companies and the respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies of each, and all their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents from any liability or damage due in whole or in part to the award, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize or from participation in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value for any prize, or to pay Winner a cash equivalent (the value of which shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion), for any reason.

(d) If, for reasons beyond the control of Sponsor or Indaba Music (including, but not limited to, tampering or computer virus infection), the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, without liability. If a sufficient number of eligible entries (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) are not received by the end of the Contest period, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any or all prizes. All taxes (including, but not limited to, income taxes) are the sole responsibility of Winner. All entrants agree to comply fully with each provision in these Official Rules. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest and any person who does not comply with these Official Rules, will be ineligible for any prize and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

5. Issues of Law.

6. Your Release of Sponsor From Any and All Liability.
Entrants agree that Sponsor and Indaba Music shall not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from: (i) acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of prize(s), (ii) participation in the Contest, (iii) individual, joint or collective technical malfunctions of the telephone network and/or transmission line, computer on-line system, computer dating mechanism, computer equipment, hardware and/or software, or (iv) any delay or distortion of an entry resulting from data transmissions that are garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, mechanically duplicated, illegible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules. Entrants also agree that Sponsor and Indaba Music are not responsible or liable for any injury or damage to an entrant's or third person's computer related to or resulting from the Contest and/or its prizes. Sponsor and Indaba Music are not liable for damage to a user's computer system (including, without limitation, any server failure or lost, delayed or corrupted data or other malfunction) due, either directly or indirectly, to an entrant's participation in the Contest or downloading of information in connection with the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest in the event that any portion of any website used to administer any aspect of the Contest becomes technically corrupted.

7. How to Get More Information
(a) To obtain the identity of the Winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: "Yo-Yo Ma Celebrate and Collaborate Contest” Sony Classical/Masterworks, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 by February 15, 2009.

The sponsor of this Contest is SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, 550 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022. Questions regarding the Contest can be directed by mail to "Yo-Yo Ma Celebrate and Collaborate Contest” Sony Classical/Masterworks, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

(b) Copies of these Official Rules may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Yo-Yo Ma Celebrate and Collaborate Contest” Official Rules, Sony Classical/Masterworks, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (WA and VT residents may omit return postage.) Requests for Official Rules must be received by February 15, 2009. All times and dates in these Official Rules are Eastern Standard Time.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Classical Spotlight: Tempting Tempest

This week we have living composers, conductor candidates and piano recitals besides a visiting string quartet and YOSA!
Kimball Gallagher plays a recital tonight at 7pm at Alamo Heights Methodist Church. On the program is Liszt, Chopin and Villa-Lobos. It's free and open to the public.
Tomorrow and Saturday the San Antonio Symphony performs Copland’s Appalachian Spring; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the "Pastorale". Violinist and conductor Scott Yoo is featured each evening at the Majestic Theater, the concerts are at 8pm and a pre-concert talk starts at 7pm. These concerts are in honor of KPAC's 25th Anniversary and will feature introductory remarks by Texas Public Radio personalities Randy Anderson and John Clare.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm, the Prazak Quartet returns to San Antonio with the Chamber Music Society at Temple Beth El. You can find out more about this San Antonio Chamber Music Society concert on our website, and click on Classical Spotlight.
Also Sunday afternoon at 3pm is pianist Brian Holland, who will present a recital of Ragtime music at Christ Episcopal Church.
YOSA, the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio take the stage Sunday afternoon at 4pm with The Good, the Bad, and the Huapango at Laurie Auditorium. Harpist Rachel Ferris and conductor Marlon Chen collaborate in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and have Copland's ballet Billy the Kid as well as Moncayo's Huapango on the program. There’s a podcast about Copland here.
Soli begins their 14th season this next week. The program features Joan Tower, Elliott Carter and Paul Moravec on Wednesday November 12th at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hall and Thursday November 13th at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, both at 7:30pm with pre-concert talks at 7:00.

Maestro Interview: Scott Yoo

Texas Public Radio will speak with all the candidates for the San Antonio Symphony Music Director Search and have them on Classical Spotlight. You'll get a chance to learn more about the maestros - don't forget to attend the symphony and fill out the questionaire as well!

(See a larger version here)
This week we talk with Scott Yoo. John Clare asked about the program, music and performing as conductor and soloist.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

School Songs

ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and America SCORES have teamed up to present its national songwriting mentorship program, ASCAP Songwriter Residency @ America SCORES. The program was established in 2006 to create a collaboration between songwriters and students utilizing the craft of songwriting and music as another engaging and inspiring way for kids to express themselves, while teaching them to value and respect their own creative work and that of other copyright owners. The ASCAP Foundation, a public charity dedicated to supporting music education and talent development programs, funds the program.
As part of the program, ASCAP selects its talented songwriters from a variety of musical genres to teach three-day songwriting workshops during the America SCORES after-school poetry classes. Each songwriter is given an assignment of co-writing and recording a song with the SCORES kids over the course of three days. The kids also learn about the importance of labeling their own creative work with the copyright symbol, year and their name just as they would see on any published, professional creative work.
This year's program features a diverse group of songwriters visiting schools in five cities across the country:
Boston, MA
Songwriter Dwayne Simmons
Chicago, IL
Hip-hop group Da Internz
Dallas, TX
Americana roots rock artist Johnny Lloyd Rollins Singer-songwriter David Rice
Los Angeles, CA
Rapper, actor and spoken word artist Saul Williams
San Francisco, CA
Indie rock band Birdmonster
Hip-hop artist Psalm One
During the first two years of the program, songwriting workshops took place at schools in Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Washington, DC.
All 12 tracks from the CD can be heard in their entirety on ASCAP's website at
About America SCORES
America SCORES is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to use soccer and poetry to inspire among urban youth a lasting dedication to health, literacy, and community service. America SCORES operates soccer teams in urban public schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Teamwork developed on the field is translated to the classroom and the community. The program operates five days per week after-school and has recently been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the most administratively efficient nonprofits in the country. For more information, visit

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vocal Recital: Brahms

Unlike the symphony, the string quartet or the piano sonata which belong to phases of Brahms creative output his vocal work spanned his entire life. This arc of more than four decades is bracketed by two masterworks Liebestreu (opus 3, #1 - 1853/54) and Vier ernste Gesange (opus 121 - 1896). It was in fact this early song that so impressed the violinist Joachim that it led to Brahms introduction to the Schumann's. A hundred years later Joachim's granddaughter Irene, a great recitalist based in Paris, recorded Brahms vocal works and will also be featured among the singers in this program.
Celebrating the 175th anniversary of his birth we will hear music drawn from his lieder, ensemble, vocal cantatas and his vast choral production. Performers will include Fischer-Dieskau, Schwarzkopf, Slezak, Lehman, Kipnis, Ludwig, Souzay, von Otter, Bernstein, Barenboim, Norman, Ameling and many others. Please join us at 9pm, November 6th on KPAC & KTXI for Brahms Vocal Works.