Friday, December 31, 2010

A Bach Cantata for the First Sunday of the New Year

This Sunday join Ron Moore for the fifth installment of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. This cantata is taken from the book of Matthew and starts the New Year with the story of the birth of Jesus and tells of the hope of Salvation. First performed at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, we celebrate the Holidays with a new recording of this Christmas favorite on the very Sunday's Bach intended them. To add a home town touch this recording features the Leipzig based Gewandhaus orchestra and the voices of the Dresden Chamber Choir with soloists, Carolyn Sampson, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Wolfram Lattke and bass, Konstantin Wolff. The music director is Riccardo Chailly.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio heard Sunday afternoons at 2 through January 9th on KPAC & KTXI.

Here's to 2011

Sharing some Chopin and a New Year's greeting from our friend Anya:

Anya Grokhovski / Happy New Year from Musical Bridges Around The World - 2011 from Musical Bridges Around The World on Vimeo.

Degenerate outside influences?

With the advent of the "New Music School" of Liszt and Wagner, Germans felt they were leading the world in music innovation, but was that true? When the arch German pianist Eugene D'Albert played some Debussy in the capital he was hissed for his trouble. On the Piano this Sunday Music from Exotic Berlin, where in the early twentieth century foreign composers were importing adventuresome music - with outside influences. And guess what, some of these new directions were appreciated by the normally conservative Berlin audiences.

Hear Exotic Berlin on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tavis Smiley Reports - Dudamel: Conducting a Life

Ever since his appointment to the music directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, there has been considerable buzz about Venezuelan-born Gustavo Dudamel. In fact, Dudamel's work has been under the international spotlight since he began touring and recording with the young musicians of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in 1999. He has turned many a head while garnering praise from the likes of Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Jamie Berstein. Bernstein has stated very publicly that she sees her father (Leonard Bernstein) in Dudamel.

Watch the full episode. See more Tavis Smiley.

Of course, the problem with any of this is the uncertainty of media spin. How much of what we are hearing about Gustavo Dudamel is real and how much is publicist invention? I have to admit that I have taken a wait and see attitude, tempered by a degree of skepticism. After all, this guy Dudamel is only 29 (he turns 30 on January 26, 2011). Let's keep in mind that Bernstein was 39 when he took over the New York Philharmonic; he began his justly heralded Young People's Concerts series the following year.

Watching last night's Tavis Smiley report Dudamel: Conducting a Life, dissolved my doubts about young Dudamel. If there are other "doubting Thomases" out there, I highly recommend that you catch a repeat of Smiley's report. Not only does this put to rest any reservations regarding the maturity of Dudamel, Mr. Smiley's program also shows a way to the future of classical music through music education. This is not necessarily about making more professional musicians. Dudamel's passion, based upon the renowned El Systema devised by Venezuelan economist and musician José Antonio Abreu, is more about rekindling social change and emotional honesty. Yes, it is that profound!

For those reading this in the San Antonio area, there are several more opportunities to watch Dudamel: Conducting a Life on KLRN. Check here for program listings specific to this essential viewing. Not in the San Antonio area, or you just can't catch one of the broadcasts? The Tavis Smiley Reports series is generally made available for online viewing in a timely manner.

¡Viva Musica Classica!

- James Baker

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Eve Bang Bang

Pianist Lang Lang is coming to San Antonio on January 12th for a special concert with the San Antonio Symphony and SLL.
Catch Lang Lang this Friday night with a live concert on PBS (locally KLRN)when he'll play Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Houston, we have a performer

Joyce DiDonato just finished up in Europe and is coming to Houston in January to perform in Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie.
She just posted some wonderful videos showing how things work behind the scenes for's both brilliant and sweet, enjoy:

Check out Part two as well here!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas classic in a new performance

Before Warner Bros. figured out that cartoons could reach two audiences simultaneously, the writer Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann was composing stories that had philosophy and life lessons for the parents and for the kids, action and fantasy that borders on the hyperbolic.
One story that Hoffman wrote that will forever be associated with this time of year is Nussknacker und Mausekönig or The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Peter Tchaikovsky took this tale of the helpful god-father Drosselmayer, the evil mouse king and children in peril and turned it into a Christmas classic.

Hear Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker this Sunday afternoon, featuring a new recording with the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and their music director, Simon Rattle. The curtain rises at 3pm
right here on member supported KPAC and KTXI.

Friday, December 24, 2010

In the Depths of Winter…

Dramatic title, but in South Texas counting on the weather to be appropriate for your Piano show is a bit foolish. Temperature aside it is the cold season and the music on this Sunday's program is about wintery music. First the most thought of music when it comes to the seasons. Antonio Vivaldi struck it big with his Four Seasons and the combination of music and poetry inspired a number of other composers, even if was only to make their own arrangement of Vivaldi's music. To start off the program a modern transcription of this old chestnut for two pianos. Then music Arnold Bax wrote inspired by love and the sagas of Iceland; Winter Legends.

Here them both this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI, no matter what the temperature is.

host, Randy Anderson

Bach's Christmas Story continues

Johann Sebastian Bach composed a great deal of sacred music and these works were to lead the congregation into the spirit of the church year. Advent is the time before Christmas and Bach took six cantatas from the holiday celebrations and combined them into his Christmas Oratorio. This Sunday KPAC broadcasts the fourth part of this work, featuring a new recording with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. This cantata deals with the birth of Jesus and his naming ceremony. Join Ron Moore this Sunday afternoon at 2 for this spirited performance of this Holiday classic on KPAC & KTXI.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An unlikely combo for Christmas

Happy holidays from all of us at Texas Public Radio!

Listen Thursday afternoon at 1pm on KPAC & KTXI for another unusal Silent Night in the Symphony #2 by Krzysztof Penderecki on Classical Spotlight!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Here comes the moon

It was too cloudy this morning in San Antonio to see the lunar eclipse - but there will be two more in 2011!  Here though is a great video time lapse of the event last night!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Santa and the SA Symphony

Clare backstage
This weekend the San Antonio Symphony had special guests, including Saint Nicholas! Host John Clare snapped a few shots of the jolly ol' elf backstage:
Santa with violist Lauren Magnus

We also thought you would enjoy some musicians from the San Antonio Symphony performing carols around the city this last year:

SA Sym: Feliz Navidad from John Clare on Vimeo.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Size isn't everything…

Franz Schubert had great friends and he needed them. His father wanted him to teach school but Franz was built to compose music and what started as a family hobby turned into an all consuming passion. Giving up his teaching job, Schubert turned to his friends and with their help he was allowed, slowly and painfully, to become the artist he knew himself to be.

On the Piano this Sunday more of Schubert's powerful, short piano works, dubbed Impromptus by his publisher. These pieces communicated Schubert's personality as well as any of his nearly one-thousand compositions. This week we pick up with number 6 of the eight composed in 1827. Schubert had his joy of being published tempered with the knowledge that the printer wanted short easy works for the student that would sell. Some, Robert Schumann and music critic Alfred Eisenstein see the second set of "impromptus" as a disguised piano sonata. Whether it is or not, we hear the last three works of the second set and three Klavierstucke or piano pieces composed in Schubert's last year of life that stretch his piano technique to its most demanding. Again, I look for the most persuasive of the recordings available to me and you can hear them on the Piano, this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

Christmas Oratorio Part III

This Sunday join Ron Moore for the third installment of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. This cantata tells of the Three Kings and their journey to Bethlehem. First performed at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, we celebrate the Holidays with a new recording of this Christmas favorite on the very Sunday's Bach intended them. To add a home town touch this recording features the Leipzig based Gewandhaus orchestra and the voices of the Dresden Chamber Choir with soloists, Carolyn Sampson, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Wolfram Lattke and bass, Konstantin Wolff. The music director is Riccardo Chailly.

Hear the Third Sunday of Christmas this Sunday afternoon at 2 on KPAC & KTXI.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best Concerts of 2010

As the year comes to a close, host John Clare thought he would share the best concerts he heard in and around San Antonio.  Besides talking to alot of the musicians before their concerts on Classical Spotlight (Thursday afternoons at 1pm) John goes to their performances as well.  Here are his top picks for 2010:

10 Star Wars: In Concert, ATT Center
9  YOSA, Gold Series Laredo/Robinson
8  P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele:  The Jekyll and Hyde Tour, KPAS
7  Santiago Rodriguez, SAIPC Recital
6  San Antonio Symphony, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
5  Camerata San Antonio, Viennese Masters
4  Berlin Philharmonic Winds, KPAS
3  Lee Trio, SACMS
2  San Antonio Symphony, Meet Your New Maestro
1  SOLI Chamber Ensemble, Texas

What concerts did you enjoy this year? Share them in the comments section below!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Can you guess who?

A lot of fun happening at Wild Kat PR with classical composers - holiday cards!

Ho Ho Horn!

Happy holidays from an amazing horn quartet, Genghis Barbie:

Always room for cello

A few more clips from the fabulous Wendy Warner, live in San Antonio with duo partner Irina Nuzova.

Classical Spotlight Warner Nuzova Rachmaninoff from John Clare on Vimeo.

Classical Spotlight: Warner Nuzova Miaskovsky from John Clare on Vimeo.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Warner Nuzova live in San Antonio

This morning host John Clare joined cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova for some great selections from their cd, Russian Music for Cello & Piano.

Classical Spotlight: Warner Nuzova Scriabin Etude from Classical Spotlight on Vimeo.

Hear their interview online here:  The duo will be joined by others this weekend for Arabian Nights with Musical Bridges Around the World.

Bach for Moore

Join Ron Moore this Sunday afternoon at 2 for an authentic taste of Christmas from the 1730's with Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The Second Day of Christmas starts with the shepherds abiding in the fields. This is the second cantata of Bach's Holiday classic featuring the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Radio Choir and Riccardo Chailly. Hear it this Sunday afternoon at 2 on KPAC & KTXI.

Be careful for what you wish for…

Franz Schubert; incredibly talented and poor as a church mouse, wanted the chance to make a decent living from his music and finally near the end of his life, he got publishers interested in his music. The down side was his works were to be dictated by sales and Schubert found his publishers wanted simple music that would sell rather than the big Sonata's that Schubert was interested in. So Schubert composed four piano pieces that are at once great music and accessible to the average pianist. Another surprise was in store for our composer, a Bohemian invention the Impromptu, was a big hit with Viennese pianists and the four pieces were published as impromptus.

I am Randy Anderson, even with these checkered beginnings, Schubert's Impromptus are magical and to best enjoy them I have brought together the most musically inclined interpretations I could find. Hear the first 5 impromptus on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC &KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Free download for Christmas

Enjoy some holiday cheer from our favorite brass quintet:
A Very Merry Christmas performed by the Canadian Brass featuring Zoë Bentley

Will Dave resist saying STrumpet?

With her new recording, Italian Concertos, already firmly established on Billboard’s classical bestsellers chart, the dynamic British trumpet player Alison Balsom takes another step towards superstardom when she appears tonight on Late Night with David Letterman (CBS-TV beginning 11:35pm; locally in San Antonio at 10:35pm on KENS 5). Balsom, an exclusive EMI Classics recording artist, is scheduled to perform a track featured on her new album: the third movement (Allegro) of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor, arranged for trumpet by Balsom herself.
Balsom recently performed in New York City, following the release of Italian Concertos in October. The Los Angeles Times included the new title in its holiday gift guide, where critic Mark Swed noted, “The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom knocks off high notes like they were going out of style.” Gramophone enthusiastically praised “Balsom’s suave, characterful performances.” New York’s classical music station, WQXR, invited listeners to comment on the new album, stating its own opinion clearly: “It’s not just that she’s blonde, slim, and stylish; it’s the depth of her musicianship that makes her stand out along with the ability to make the solo trumpet seem as natural as a solo violin or cello. Those qualities emerge on Balsom’s new album, Italian Concertos, which focuses on concertos originally composed for violin or oboe by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Tartini, Cimarosa, and Marcello.”
Balsom discusses Italian Concertos in this video, available on EMI Classics’ YouTube channel:

Alison Balsom has achieved an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors. She has been honored with numerous awards by Classic FM, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik, and in 2009 she became the first ever Briton to be crowned “Female Artist of the Year” at the Classical BRITs. In September 2009 Balsom headlined The Last Night of the BBC Proms, which was viewed by an estimated global audience of 150 million.
Recent and upcoming highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre National de France, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and La Verdi.
Major international tours in 2010-11 and beyond will bring Balsom into collaboration with I Musici di Roma, Kremerata Baltica, Concerto Köln, the Scottish Ensemble, and her own Balsom Ensemble. Her ever-growing recording catalog for EMI Classics, with whom she records exclusively, has won international critical renown.
Alison Balsom studied trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music, the Paris Conservatoire, and with Hakan Hardenberger.

Monday, December 6, 2010

See the Pictures, Hear the Music

Fantasia amazed and confounded audiences when it was released in 1940. This year, it celebrates its 70th anniversary with a brilliant new restoration for release on DVD and Blu-ray. Along with its sequel, Fantasia 2000, the film remains Disney's "most exciting adventure," and a great way to introduce classical music to young ears.

KPAC's Nathan Cone recently devoured the contents of the Blu-ray edition of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, and has a review, which you can read here:

Hugh Martin: Songwriter Extraordinaire

Songwriter Hugh Martin was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1983. Alec Wilder, writing in his essential "American Popular Song: The Great Innovators" in 1972, writes of Hugh Martin: "his talent is clearly one of great invention, sensitiveness, professionalism, discipline, and taste..." Three of Mr. Martin's most successful songs are found in the 1944 movie "Meet Me in St. Louis." Surely there is no hipper Christmas song than "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

The release last month of Hugh Martin's memoir, "Hugh Martin, the Boy Next Door", reminded me of a very dear interview which was part of the 7-part KPAC series "American Popular Song" back in 2004-05. Kathy Couser spoke to Mr. Martin and to Martin's close friend John Fricke. This 13 minute video slide show contains the audio from the original radio program, including Mr. Martin's delightful repartee with Kathy over his humorous song "I'm Tired of Texas."

Season's Greetings - James Baker

Friday, December 3, 2010

Celebratory Bach with trumpets, timpani & Christmas Cheer on KPAC

Johann Sebastian Bach composed only a few Oratorios compared to his contemporary George Handel. One such work is the Christmas Oratorium composed while the musician was at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. To further celebrate the Holidays KPAC will broadcast a new recording of this Christmas favorite on the very Sunday's Bach intended them. To add a home town touch this recording features the Leipzig based Gewandhaus orchestra and the voices of the Dresden Chamber Choir with soloists, Carolyn Sampson, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Wolfram Lattke and bass, Konstantin Wolff. The music director is Riccardo Chailly.

Hear the first installment of this masterpiece for the first day of Christmas this Sunday afternoon at 2 on KPAC & KTXI.

host, Ron Moore

The Right Man at the Right Time

Looking through history one can, with the distance of hindsight, see personalities that changed the world around them. After the death of Beethoven in 1827 there where many young musicians that pushed themselves to pick up his mantel and run with it, but the one composer that helped nail down the rules that would guide the young romantics wasn't all that young. Carl Maria von Weber was born in back in 1786 and died a year before Beethoven himself. Weber didn't have the meticulous training of Wolfgang Mozart or the other big names in music. His parents worked and toured with the theatre and their son Carl learned from a wide variety of sources and this coupled with an intuitive grasp of music and drama made von Weber the most exciting artist of his age.

Hear the Roots of Romanticism on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC & KTXI.

 host, Randy Anderson

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Classical Spotlight: Ho Ho Holidays

Three chances to hear Handel's Messiah this weekend with the San Antonio Symphony:
Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:30pm University United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:00pm  Coker United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 7:30pm Trinity Baptist Church
Featuring Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Derek Chester, tenor; Paul Max Tipton, baritone; and the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers with the University United Methodist Church Choir.  More at

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare here and in Austin with special guests Tom Burritt and Patrice Pike.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7pm, San Antonio, Laurel Heights United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 2:30pm and 8pm, Austin, The Carillon
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 2:30pm and 8pm, Austin, The Carillon
Monday, December 6, 2010, 8pm, Austin, The Long Center - Carillon Gala at 5:30pm
Find out more online at

For the third year in a row on stage of the gorgeous Festival Hill Concert Hall, Round Top Music has Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet, The Nutcracker.  Danced by children for children of any age, produced by Ovation (Dancers Workshop) Austin, directed by Dawn Weiss and co-Artistic Directors: Libby Lovejoy, Inga Lujerenko & Kristi Stere.  Saturday December 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm.
Find out about tickets and more at or call 979 249 3129

Candlelight Celebration  - The Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale will present an evening of arrangements and adaptations of seasonal works, both old and new. Program highlights include selections from Benjamin Britten’s classic Ceremony of Carols.
Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm Alamo Heights United Methodist Church
Winter Magic - Start your holiday festivities with a celebration of favorite songs and carols! CCSA’s training and elite choirs will all perform in our most popular celebration of the season – featuring a wide range of selections from traditional favorites to contemporary works. Bring your singing voice as you never know when the audience may join along in song!
Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm
For more, call 210.826.3447 or email

Jubilate!: Music of Christmastide is Voci di Sorelle’s popular annual concert will feature Medieval and Renaissance Music of Christmas and a collection of well-loved carols from around the globe.
Sunday, December 5, 2010—3:00 pm The Union Church Building Kerrville, Texas

SOLI Chamber Ensemble presents For the Record this Monday and Tuesday with the music of David Heuser, Alexandra Gardner, Scott McAllister and Daniel Godfrey. Concert talks are at 7pm each night and meet the performers and composers (!) afterwards.
Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:30pm Gallery Nord
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 7:30pm Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
Call 210 485-9330 or go online to for more info.

The San Antonio Brass present a series of Holiday concerts around the area,"Holiday in Brass."
December 6  - St. Mark Presbyterian Church Boerne
December 7 - Abiding Presence LutheranChurch San Antonio
December 9 - St. Luke's Episcopal Church San Antonio
December 11 - First United Methodist Church Missouri CityTx
December 12 - Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church
Find out about their cd and tickets on their website,

Quartus Chamber Players are coming to San Antonio! They are presenting a short lunch time concert as part of Travis Park UMC's 2nd Wednesday @ Travis Park Music Series. 12:15pm-12:45pm
Program includes George Winters' Variations on a Pastoral Theme (1992) for string quartet
Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Quartet (Elegy and Polka)
Beethoven - Selection from String Quartet Op. 74, "Harp"
Admisson is free! So bring your lunch and head over to Travis Park!

1st Presbyterian Church continues their Mid-Day Noel Concerts
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm, Sanctuary
Contact: Tom Dooling at or (210) 226 0215

Classical Grammys

Watch February 13, 2011 for the winners!  Here are the nominees!

95. Best Engineered Album, Classical – An Engineer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina -- Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]
Have You Ever Been...? -- Robert Friedrich, engineer (Turtle Island Quartet, Stefon Harris & Mike Marshall) [Telarc]
Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse - David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project) [BMOP/sound]
Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works - Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg & David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams) [Dorian Sono Luminus]
Vocabularies - Steve Miller, Allen Sides & Roger Treece, engineers (Bobby McFerrin) [Emarcy]
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96. Producer Of The Year, Classical – A Producer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.)
Blanton Alspaugh
Corigliano: Violin Concerto 'The Red Violin' (Michael Ludwig, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 (Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
Tower Of The Eight Winds - Music For Violin & Piano By Judith Shatin (Borup-Ernst Duo)
Tyberg: Symphony No. 3; Piano Trio (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Wind Serenades (Gregory Wolynec & Gateway Chamber Ensemble)

David Frost
Britten's Orchestra (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)
Chambers, Evan: The Old Burying Ground (Kenneth Kiesler & The University Of Michigan Symphony Orchestra)
Dorman, Avner: Concertos For Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano And Concerto Grosso (Andrew Cyr, Eliran Avni, Mindy Kaufman, Avi Avital & Metropolis Ensemble)
The 5 Browns In Hollywood (5 Browns)
Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
Meeting Of The Spirits (Matt Haimovitz)
Two Roads To Exile (ARC Ensemble)

Tim Handley
Adams: Nixon In China (Marin Alsop, Tracy Dahl, Marc Heller, Thomas Hammons, Maria Kanyova, Robert Orth, Chen-Ye Yan, Opera Colorado Chorus & Colorado Symphony Orchestra)
Debussy: Le Martyre De Saint Sébastien (Jun Märkl & Orchestre National De Lyon)
Dohnányi: Variations On A Nursery Song (JoAnn Falletta, Eldar Nebolsin & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Harris: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (Marin Alsop & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Hubay: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 And 2 (Chloë Hanslip, Andrew Mogrelia & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Messiaen: Poèmes Pour Mi (Anne Schwanewilms, Jun Märkl & Orchestre National De Lyon)
Piazzolla: Sinfonía Buenos Aires (Daniel Binelli, Tianwa Yang, Giancarlo Guerro & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
Ries: Works For Flute And Piano (Uwe Grodd & Matteo Napoli)
Roussel: Symphony No. 1 (Stéphane Denève & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
Shchedrin: Concertos For Orchestra Nos. 4 & 5 (Kirill Karabits & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Stamitz: Flute Concertos (Robert Aitken, Donatas Katkus & St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra)
Strauss, R: Josephs-Legende; Rosenkavalier; Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Orchestral Suites) (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)

Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
Brubeck: Songs Of Praise (Lynne Morrow, Richard Grant, Quartet San Francisco & The Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
Cascade Of Roses (Janice Weber)
Gnattali: Solo & Chamber Works For Guitar (Marc Regnier)
If I Were A Bird (Michael Lewin)
Kletzki: Piano Concerto (Joseph Banowetz, Thomas Sanderling & Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams)
Rubinstein: Piano Music (1852-1894) (Joseph Banowetz)
Rubinstein: Piano Music (1871-1890) (Joseph Banowetz)
20th Century Harp Sonatas (Sarah Schuster Ericsson)

James Mallinson
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Bernard Haitink, Duain Wolfe, Miah Persson, Christianne Stotijn, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra)
Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer (Valery Gergiev, Evgeny Akimov, Sergei Aleksashkin, Kristina Kapustinskaya, Mariinsky Chorus & Mariinsky Orchestra)
Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben; Webern: Im Sommerwind (Bernard Haitink & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Strauss, R: Eine Alpensinfonie (Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra)
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations; Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante (Gautier Capuçon, Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
Wagner: Parsifal (Valery Gergiev, Gary Lehman, Violeta Urmana, René Pape, Evgeny Nikitin, Alexei Tanovitski, Nikolai Putilin, Mariinsky Chorus & Mariinsky Orchestra)
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97. Best Classical Album – Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.
Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Mariss Jansons, conductor; Everett Porter, producer; Everett Porter, mastering engineer (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) [RCO Live]
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony Orchestra) [Naxos]
Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse - Gil Rose, conductor; Rinde Eckert; Catch Electric Guitar Quartet; David Frost, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals) [BMOP/sound]
Sacrificium - Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli; Arend Prohmann, producer; Philip Siney, engineer/mixer (Il Giardino Armonico) [Decca]
Verdi: Requiem - Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master; Christopher Alder, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus) [CSO Resound]
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98. Best Orchestral Performance – Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.
Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) [RCO Live]
Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony) [Naxos]
Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse - Gil Rose, conductor; Rinde Eckert (Catch Electric Guitar Quartet; Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals) [BMOP/sound]
Salieri: Overtures & Stage Music - Thomas Fey, conductor (Mannheimer Mozartorchester) [Haenssler Classic]
Stravinsky: Pulcinella; Symphony In Three Movements; Four Études - Pierre Boulez, conductor (Roxana Constantinescu, Kyle Ketelsen & Nicholas Phan; Chicago Symphony Orchestra) [CSO Resound]
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99. Best Opera Recording – Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.
Berg: Lulu - Antonio Pappano, conductor; Agneta Eichenholz, Jennifer Larmore, Klaus Florian Vogt & Michael Volle; David Groves, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House) [Opus Arte]
Hasse: Marc' Antonio E Cleopatra - Matthew Dirst, conductor; Jamie Barton & Ava Pine; Keith Weber, producer (Ars Lyrica Houston) [Dorian Sono Luminus]
Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin - Kent Nagano, conductor; Daniel Belcher, Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange Todorovitch; Martin Sauer, producer (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin) [Harmonia Mundi]
Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer - Valery Gergiev, conductor; Evgeny Akimov, Sergei Aleksashkin & Kristina Kapustinskaya; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre) [Mariinsky]
Sullivan: Ivanhoe - David Lloyd-Jones, conductor; Neal Davies, Geraldine McGreevy, James Rutherford, Toby Spence & Janice Watson; Brian Pidgeon, producer (BBC National Orchestra Of Wales; Adrian Partington Singers) [Chandos]
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100. Best Choral Performance – Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.
Bach: Cantatas - Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor; Erwin Ortner, chorus master (Bernarda Fink, Gerald Finley, Christian Gerhaher, Werner Güra, Julia Kleiter, Christine Schäfer, Anton Scharinger & Kurt Streit; Concentus Musicau Wien; Arnold Schoenberg Chor) [Deutsche Harmonia Mundi]
Baltic Runes - Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir) [Harmonia Mundi]
Haydn: The Creation - René Jacobs, conductor; Hans-Christoph Rademann, choir director (Julia Kleiter, Maximilian Schmitt & Johannes Weisser; Freiburger Barockorchester; RIAS Kammerchor) [Harmonia Mundi]
Martin: Golgotha - Daniel Reuss, conductor (Judith Gauthier, Marianne Beate Kielland, Adrian Thompson, Mattijs Van De Woerd & Konstantin Wolff; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir) [Harmonia Mundi]
Verdi: Requiem - Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus) [CSO Resound]
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101. Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) – Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.
Daugherty: Deus Ex Machina - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Terrence Wilson (Nashville Symphony)  [Naxos]
Dorman, Avner: Mandolin Concerto - Andrew Cyr, conductor; Avi Avital (Metropolis Ensemble) [Naxos]
Kletzki: Piano Concerto In D Minor, Op. 22 - Thomas Sanderling, conductor; Joseph Banowetz (Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)  [Naxos]
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24 - Mitsuko Uchida (The Cleveland Orchestra) [Decca]
Porter, Quincy: Concerto For Viola & Orchestra - John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Eliesha Nelson (Northwest Sinfonia)  [Dorian Sono Luminus]
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102. Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) – Award to the Instrumental Soloist.
Chopin: The Nocturnes - Nelson Freire [Decca]
Hamelin: Études - Marc-André Hamelin [Hyperion Records]
Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement - Paul Jacobs [Naxos]
Paganini: 24 Caprices - Julia Fischer [Decca]
20th Century Harp Sonatas - Sarah Schuster Ericsson [Dorian Sono Luminus]
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103. Best Chamber Music Performance – Award to the Artists.
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas For Violin & Piano - Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov [Harmonia Mundi]
Gnattali: Solo & Chamber Works For Guitar - Marc Regnier (Tacy Edwards, Natalia Khoma & Marco Sartor) [Dorian Sono Luminus]
Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 - Parker Quartet [Naxos]
Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works - Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams (Douglas Rioth; Northwest Sinfonia) [Dorian Sono Luminus]
Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 - Fred Sherry String Quartet (Christopher Oldfather & Rolf Schulte) [Naxos]
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104. Best Small Ensemble Performance – Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.)
Ceremony And Devotion - Music For The Tudors - Harry Christophers, conductor; The Sixteen [CORO]
Dinastia Borja - Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya (Pascal Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Lior Elmalich, Montserrat Figueras, Driss El Maloumi, Marc Mauillon, Lluís Vilamajó &Furio Zanasi; Pascal Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Josep Piera & Francisco Rojas) [Alia Vox]
Trondheimsolistene - In Folk Style - Øyvind Gimse & Geir Inge Lotsberg, conductors (Emilia Amper & Gjermund Larsen; TrondheimSolistene) [2L (Lindberg Lyd)]
Victoria: Lamentations Of Jeremiah - Peter Phillips, conductor; The Tallis Scholars [Gimell]
Whitacre, Eric: Choral Music - Noel Edison, conductor; Elora Festival Singers (Carol Bauman & Leslie De'Ath) [Naxos]
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105. Best Classical Vocal Performance – Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).
Ombre De Mon Amant - French Baroque Arias - Anne Sofie Von Otter (William Christie; Les Arts Florissants) [Deutsche Grammophon]
Sacrificium - Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico) [Decca]
Turina: Canto A Sevilla - Lucia Duchonová (Celso Antunes; NDR Radiophilharmonie) [Haenssler Classic]
Vivaldi: Opera Arias - Pyrotechnics - Vivica Genaux (Fabio Biondi; Europa Galante) [Virgin Classics]
Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder - Measha Brueggergosman (Franz Welser-Möst; The Cleveland Orchestra) T [Deutsche Grammophon]
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106. Best Classical Contemporary Composition – A Composer's Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.
Daugherty, Michael: Deus Ex Machina - Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero) [Naxos]
Henze, Hans Werner: Appassionatamente Plus - Hans Werner Henze (Stefan Soltesz) [Cybele Records]
Lindberg, Magnus: Graffiti - Magnus Lindberg (Sakari Oramo)  [Ondine]
Pärt, Arvo: Symphony No. 4 - Arvo Pärt (Esa-Pekka Salonen) [ECM New Series]
Shchedrin, Rodion Konstantinovich: The Enchanted Wanderer - Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin (Valery Gergiev) [Mariinsky]
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107. Best Classical Crossover Album -- Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.
Meeting Of The Spirits - Matt Haimovitz (Amaryllis Jarczyk, Jan Jarczyk, John McLaughlin, Dominic Painchaud, Leanna Rutt & Matt Wilson) [Oxingale Records]
Off The Map - The Silk Road Ensemble [World Village]
Roots - My Life, My Song - Jessye Norman (Ira Coleman, Steve Johns, Mike Lovatt, Mark Markham & Martin Williams) [Sony Classical]
Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns - Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) [Tin Works Publishing]
Vocabularies - Bobby McFerrin [Emarcy/Universal]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Socks’n Undies

The San Antonio Symphony is hosting a clothing drive for Mission Road Ministries, called Socks’n Undies Drive, to benefit Mission Road Ministries.

When: Holiday Pops! - December 17 & 18, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Holiday Family Concert - December 19, 2010 @ 2:30pm
Where: Majestic Theatre – December 17 & 18
Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium – December 19
Tickets are available at the Symphony Box Office or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location, or call (800) 745-3000 for concert tickets.

Patrons attending either the Holiday Pops concert at the Majestic Theatre on December 17 or 18 or the Family Holiday Special concert at Trinity University on December 19 can donate new, unwrapped socks and underwear. For each item donated, the patron will receive a voucher for two free tickets to future Symphony performances.
Mission Road Ministries especially requests boys underwear sizes 6 – 50, girls underwear sizes 10-16 and ankle height and no-show socks of all sizes. Cash donations will also be accepted.
This charitable drive benefiting Mission Road Ministries marks a new partnership in the San Antonio Symphony’s Community Collaboration program. Other area partner non-profits have included the San Antonio Area Food Bank, the San Antonio Police Department Blue Santa Program, the American Red Cross and the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio. This season, the Symphony partners with Mission Road Ministries, the American Heart Association, the San Antonio Area Food Bank and Sunshine Cottage.
Please support your San Antonio Symphony and Mission Road Ministries as they bring the joy of the holiday season to all of those in need.

About Mission Road Ministries (
Mission Road Ministries is a non-profit organization serving more than 700 children & adults with developmental disabilities each day with residential, day services & vocational programs in San Antonio, helping clients reach independence, productivity & inclusion in the community.