Louis Armstrong – Satchmo, Pops – is one of the legends of jazz, renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing. He also has a connection to Kansas Public Radio and one of the most famous basketball games in KU history.
Louis and his band were on the KU campus for a concert on March 23, 1957. That same night, an hour to the east in Kansas City, Wilt Chamberlain and the Jayhawks were playing for the national title against the North Carolina Tar Heels. In an epic, triple-overtime game, KU lost to Carolina 54-53. A dejected KU team came back to Lawrence at 2:15 in the morning.
Who was there to greet them? Louis Armstrong. A young KU student had a tape recorder and talked to the famous musician.
Now, almost 60 years later, KPR’s David Basse is mixing tape of the original concert, the student interview and a recently recorded interview with that young KU student – now a retired physician living in Independence, Mo. – into a one-hour special that will be broadcast on the The Jazz Scene at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28.
The Leavenworth Public Library will host a preservation workshop by Whitney Baker on March 29 at 2:00pm at Leavenworth Public Library on 417 Spruce Street. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Leavenworth Public Library at (913) 682-5666 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Whitney Baker is Head of Conservation Services at the University of Kansas Libraries in Lawrence, where she has worked since 2002. Since 2004, she has taught the preventive conservation class in the graduate program in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas. She holds a Master’s in Library Science and Advanced Certificate in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys giving talks to groups about preserving family history.
“As the daughter of an Air Force Colonel, I recognize the importance of preserving military artifacts, both for their historical and personal significance.”
“The Things They Carried Home” preservation workshop is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s “The Things They Carried Home” special veterans initiative, which aims to fund projects that preserve and give access to material related to military service in the last century. The preservation workshops focus specifically on teaching veterans and their families how to preserve their own military service artifacts for themselves and future generations.
For more information about this “The Things They Carried Home” preservation workshop in Leavenworth, contact the Leavenworth Public Library at (913) 682-5666 or visit www.leavenworthpubliclibrary.org.
SING TO THE LORD! Our second concert of our 6th season features three major works from the German choral repertory begin with this startling injunction. Sing!
The three giants who have given us brilliant works setting this test are Heinrich Schuetz, Johann Sebastion Bach and Hugo Distler. Distler and Schuetz have set the entirety of Ps. 98, while Bach's three movement piece for double choirs, the grandest of all his motets, uses a mirroring text from Ps. 149. Distler offers a mid-20th century work of energized, bravura choral writing.
These masterworks are contrasted with the utter simplicity and melodic beauty of Franz Schubert's Mass in G, the most popular of Schubert's masses. Providing context the concert includes a very early pre-Schuetz motet, chorale-based, by Lupus Hellingk, (1544), surely never performed here. From the turn of the 19th-20th century, from another less known but important German, we will hear Georg Schumann's beautiful "Das is ein kochlichest ding".
There it is: Hellinck, Schuetz, Bach, Schubert, G. Schumann, Distler. SINGET DEM HERRN!
March 22, 2 p.m.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 315 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO
March 29, 3 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 407 Walnut Street, Leavenworth, KS
Tickets are available at the door. $15, $10 for seniors, free for students.