The Ruel Joyce Recitals feature Kansas City's best classical musicians direct from their performance venue of Johnson County Community College's Recital Hall in the Carlsen Center for the Performing Arts. KPR was there to record them. Enjoy these concerts Thursday evenings at 7. Darrell Brogdon is your host for the broadcasts, produced by Cordelia Brown.
June 4: Chaeyoung Park, piano
This Lawrence teenager will be a freshman at The Juilliard School in New York City this fall. You may have already heard Chaeyoung Park in our live performance studio as a winner many times over in the International Institute for Young Musicians. This program really shows off her piano magic with a Mozart sonata, a Liszt Transcendental Etude, Chopin, and Brahms’ fiery Variations on a Theme by Paganini.
June 11: Christopher Nichols, clarinet
Not every concert features Kansas City musicians. Christopher Nichols, clarinetist, is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Delaware, although he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in music from K-State and KU, respectively. Ellen Bottorff, pianist, joins Christopher for some Argentine clarinet tunes, Camille St-Saens’ 1921 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, a short sonata by a young John Cage, and an opera fantasy based on themes from Charles Gounod’s opera Faust.
June 18: Sarah Frisof, flute
Sarah Frisof studied flute at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and she is now Assistant Professor of Flute at KU. She opens the show with a Fantaisie by 20th century composer Philippe Gaubert. After a Bach sonata and a Ballade or ballad for flute by Carl Reinecke, stay tuned for a very refreshing Sonata for Flute and Piano by Otar Taktakishvili. Ellen Bottorff, pianist, joins Sarah for this recital also.
June 25: John Eadie, cello
John Eadie, a cellist with the Kansas City Symphony since 2010, opens this recital with a solo spin on one of Bach’s Cello Suites. He’s then joined by pianist Kairy Koshoeva for a Rachmaninoff piece that really brings out the best in the cello/piano voices back and forth: Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor, op 19.