Thursday, September 2, 2010

Classical Spotlight: Season preview

Cypress releases Volume 2 of Beethoven
The Cypress String Quartet is exploring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, who said “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, it is the wine of a new procreation, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for men and makes them drunk with the spirit.” For their latest release, Cypress has given us Beethoven’s Opus 130 and the last quartet music he ever wrote, a finale he revised. Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel discusses the recording process and the monumental Grosse Fuge.
You can hear some more of their Beethoven here:
The Cypress Quartet visits San Antonio in January 2011 as guests of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society.

YOSA on the go
The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio start their season later this month with a chamber music concert focusing on Italy. Music Director Troy Peters talks with host John Clare about leading youth in classical music, engaging their energy and what to expect on their Gold Series. This season includes visits from Jaime Laredo & Sharon Robinson, the Youth Orchestra of Monterrey, and Jon Anderson from the rock group YES.
Hear YOSA and Troy Peters in action on September 25, 2010, at Coker United Methodist Church starting at 7 p.m.

Turtle Island New Release
The Turtle Island Quartet has done it again, expanding the sound and repertoire for quartets with a new cd of Jimi Hendrix and their own David Balakrishnan. The new release features Electric Ladyland plus the genre bending Tree of Life. Balakrishnan talked with host John Clare while on tour in LA, about the group’s technique and the unique sound they play.
Sample part of the new album on the Quartet’s website:
They’ll be in Brownsville, TX at the UTB/TSC Arts Center on October 1st, 2010 7:30pm a program called Danzon with Luna Negra Dance Theater & Paquito D’Rivera.

SA Sym SLL Preview
Next month, the San Antonio Symphony welcomes Sebastian Lang Lessing as it’s ninth Music Director in 76 years! On the program will be Mahler’s First Symphony and a champagne toast. It will be a busy season for Lang Lessing who continues to conduct around the world…but he took out a few minutes to chat with host John Clare about outreach, festivals and of course, his first year in San Antonio.

You can win a voucher for tickets to see & hear the San Antonio Symphony – check it out – Find SLL!
Don’t forget to relive the 2009-10 season of the SA Symphony Sunday afternoons with your host Nathan Cone on KPAC & KTXI through September.

Barry in Bavaria!
KPAC's Barry Brake has had a busy summer. Not only is he a new father (congrats – Greta is so cute!) but Barry spent some time in Bavaria, Germany this summer. While there, Barry interviewed Markus Zwink, music director for the Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany by its inhabitants since 1634.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Listen to all of these interviews on the NEW Classical Spotlight page, and remember to tune in Thursdays at 1pm on your classical oasis, KPAC & KTXI!

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