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09/24/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #724

September 24, 2016
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09/17/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #723

September 17, 2016
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09/15/2016

Joshua Bell interview with Michael Keelan

Violinist Joshua Bell is one of the best-known names in classical music. This month he releases an album with cellist Steven Isserlis, titled For the Love of Brahms. It contains the Brahms Double Concerto, Schumann violin concerto slow movement (in an arrangement by Benjamin Britten), and Brahms's original version of his first piano trio. Michael Keelan talks with Bell about the album.
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09/10/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #722

September 10, 2016
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09/07/2016

Caroline Goulding interview

On September 30, 2016, the KU Symphony orchestra will be joined by violinist Caroline Goulding for Mendelssohn's Op.64 violin concerto. Michael Keelan talked with her about her new album of Enescu, Dvorak, and Schumann.
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09/03/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #696

September 3, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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08/30/2016

Kansas City Chamber Orchestra August 25, 2016

The Kansas City Chamber Orchestra opened its 30th season Aug. 27 at the Kauffman Center, and Park University's International Center for Music supplies the soloists. Faculty members Ben Sayevich, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, and Daniel Veis will solo in the Beethoven Triple Concerto, and played Arensky at the KPR studio. Violinist Laurel Gagnon plays Wieniawski's Polonaise Brillante, pianist Jinhong Li plays Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, and cellist Dilshod Narzillaev plays Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso.
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08/27/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #721

August 27, 2016
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08/20/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #694

August 20, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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08/19/2016

Steven Spooner and Massimiliano Baggio August 18, 2016

This coming Sunday, Steven Spooner will play a duo recital with the Italian pianist, Massimiliano Baggio (Professor at the renowned Milan Conservatory) of gorgeous music by Brahms. The recital is free and takes place Sunday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Swarthout Recital Hall.
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08/13/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #661

August 13, 2016
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08/06/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #663

August 6, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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08/05/2016

Heartland Chamber Music Festival 2016

String students from the Heartland Chamber Music Academy visited the KPR studios to play excerpts from Haydn quartets (Op.76/1 and 76/3), as well as forming a self-conducted chamber orchestra for the elegy from Tchaikovsky's string serenade. http://www.heartlandchambermusic.org
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08/03/2016

Lawrence Opera Theatre August 2, 2016

Members of the Lawrence Opera Theatre visited the KPR studios on 8/2 to preview their season (8/5-14)  celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare. Alexandra Roth sang Dido's Lament by Purcell, followed by Antonio Cruz with Rodgers and Hart's The Shortest Day of the Year. Artistic director Hugo Vera contributed a William Schuman song, and Jennifer Wilson finished with the waltz from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. All were accompanied by Kyle Naig.
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07/30/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #705

July 30, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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07/28/2016

Pianist Chaeyoung Park

Pianist Chaeyoung Park, fresh off her success in the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, plays Haydn's Sonata No. 41, and the Schumann Novelette Op. 21/8. She is soloist in the Saint-Saëns g minor concerto Saturday, July 23 at the Lied Center at 7:30. That's followed by a recital Sunday at Swarthout Recital Hall at 3:00.
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07/23/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #704

July 23, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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07/16/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #720

July 16, 2016
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07/15/2016

IIYM (International Institute for Young Musicans) International Piano Competition Finals

The three prizewinners of the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas  played their winning selections in advance of the winners' concert 7/16 at the Lawrence Arts Center. Leah Deobald is 16, and Jessica Zhang and Catherine Huang are 14.
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07/09/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #719

July 9, 2016
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07/02/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #718

July 2, 2016
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06/24/2016

Cellist Meredith McCook

Cellist Meredith McCook plays the first of Bach's cello suites. She just completed her first season with the Kansas City Symphony, after playing for Miami's New World Symphony. http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article58686983.html
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06/23/2016

The Amernet String Quartet

The Amernet Quartet played live in advance of their 6/12 concert at the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka. Their program here includes the opening of Haydn's "Emperor" Quartet, Op.76/3, and Erwin Schulhoff's Five Pieces, a set of stylized dances, for string quartet. http://amernetquartet.com/  
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06/23/2016

Charles and Rachel Stegman

The Sunflower Music Festival's artistic director Charles Stegeman joined fellow violinist Rachel Stegeman in the KPR studio for the second of G.P. Telemann's canonic sonatas, followed by the Duo Concertant No. 3 of Charles de Beriot. Michael Keelan talks with the players about legendary violinist Nathan Milstein, and the experience of playing for movie soundtracks and the Oscars.
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06/18/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #716

June 18, 2016
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06/16/2016

Cyrus Chestnut at the Lied Center Pavilion

Cyrus Chestnut (born January 17, 1963) is an American jazz pianist, composer and producer. In 2006, Josh Tyrangiel, music critic for Time Magazine, wrote: "What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation
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06/11/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #715

June 11, 2016
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05/28/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #713

May 28, 2016
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05/26/2016

Addison Frei and Tahira Clayton

Lawrence native Addison Frei has achieved acclaim as the winner of the American Jazz Pianist Competition and UNISA International Piano Competition (South Africa). Addison returned home in late March for a concert at the Lawrence Arts Center alongside vocalist Tahira Clayton. While Tahira and Addison met at the University of North Texas, they are now based in New York City, performing regularly at venues such as the Kitano, the Cell Theatre and Cornelia Street Cafe.
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05/21/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #712

May 21, 2016
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05/19/2016

Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle

Nominated as Best Soloist, and Jazz Band (Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle) by Pitch Magazine, while he is also the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performance Arts Award. Eddie Moore is an accomplished pianist, composer, music director, educator and bandleader. Raised in Houston, Texas Moore is a lifelong musician traversing a number bands and styles before going back to school to get a master’s in jazz studies from UMKC. "The Freedom of Expression", Moore's debut album as a leader was given 3.5 stars fro
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05/14/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #711

May 14, 2016
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05/13/2016

Steven Spooner and Matt Smith

Pianist Steven Spooner and conductor Matt Smith were in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio in preparation of their concert with the Lawrence Community Orchestra on May 7th, 2015. https://music.ku.edu/steven-spooner http://www.lawrenceorchestra.org/  
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05/07/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #710

May 7, 2016
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04/30/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #709

April 30, 2016
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04/23/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #672

April 23, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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04/16/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #670

April 16, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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04/09/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #708

April 9, 2016
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04/02/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #770

April 2, 2016
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04/01/2016

Victor and Penny on Bob McWilliam's Trail Mix

Victor and Penny treat us to their brand of prohibition-era swing jazz for host Bob McWilliam's Trail Mix. http://victorandpenny.com/  
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03/26/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #669

March 26, 2016 (rebroadcast)
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03/19/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #706

March 19, 2016
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03/15/2016

Pianist Anastasia Dedik March 11, 2016

Pianist Anastasia Dedik was in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio in preparation for her concert later that evening.
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03/12/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #705

March 12, 2016
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03/05/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #704

March 5, 2016
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03/04/2016

Allegresse/Margaret Marco Faculty Recital March 4, 2016

Allegresse graced the Live Performance Studio this morning  with a preview of two concerts this weekend. Friday, March 4, 2016 they perform at Haskell Indian Nations University at Haskell Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Sunday, March 6, 2016 is a faculty recital by Margaret Marco at Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall, Kansas University at 5:00pm. Margaret Marco, Ellen Sommer, Annie Gnojek
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02/27/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #703

February 27, 2016
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02/19/2016

Cucharada February 18, 2016

Cucharada's first collaboration with a vocalist in a beautiful restaurant setting. Selections include some of the great pieces of tango's "golden age" of the 30s and 40s as well as modern material from Buenos Aires. https://www.artful.ly/store/events/8271
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02/16/2016

KU School of Music Honor Recital Performance

Brian Allred, and Ashley Puenner were accompanied by Ellen Sommer in anticipation of their Honors Recital Tuesday, February 16,2016 7:30 pm at Swarthout Recital Hall.
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02/13/2016

The Retro Cocktail Hour #702

February 13, 2016
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