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06/25/2019

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre plays chamber music by Mathieu

Canadian pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre has recorded the chamber music of André Mathieu (1929-68) on a new album with string players. Sylvestre talked from Montreal with Michael Keelan about the composer's meteoric and tragic career. Michael Keelan at the André Mathieu memorial in Montreal
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06/22/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #825 - The Tiki Torches

June 22, 2019
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06/20/2019

The Kansas City Baroque Consortium live at Kansas Public Radio June 18, 2019

Members of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium visited the studio for a
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06/17/2019

Yolanda Kondonassis premieres Jennifer Higdon's harp concerto

A new album from the Rochester Philharmonic and their music director Ward Stare features Yolanda Kondonassis and the new harp concerto written for her by Jennifer Higdon, one of today's most established composers. Stare and Kondonassis talked with Michael Keelan.
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06/13/2019

Classics Live 87: 2018 Sunflower Music Festival

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06/08/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #824

June 8, 2019
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06/06/2019

Classics Live 86: Guitarist Eli Schille-Hudson

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06/01/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #823

June 1, 2019
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05/31/2019

A week of celebrations for the D-Day anniversary

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum hosts commemorative events from June 1-6 in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Europe commanded by the future president. Michael Keelan talked with library director Dawn Hammatt about the schedule.https://eisenhowerfoundation.net/640/75th-D-Day
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05/30/2019

Classics Live 85: Miranda/Cuellar Violin/Piano

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05/25/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #822

May 25, 2019
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05/24/2019

Brian J. Nelson Concert Preview live at Kansas Public Radio May 22, 2019

Brian J. Nelson of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center visited the studio with several musicians-
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05/24/2019

John Georgiadis tells stories of the "hot seat" in London

Violinist and conductor John Georgiadis was concertmaster of the City of Birmingham, and later London Symphony Orchestras in the 1960s and 70s. He took up conducting after studying with legendary Romanian Sergiu Celibidache. He talked with Michael Keelan from his home in the UK about his new book, Bow to Baton, telling countless stories of those years.  
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05/23/2019

Classics Live 84: Guitarists Cindy Egger and Daniel Krieg

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05/18/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #821

May 18, 2019
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05/16/2019

Jan Kraybill fits an orchestra into an organ

A new album from Jan Kraybill, one of the region's most visible organists, features transcriptions of orchestral music. Michael Keelan talked with her.
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05/16/2019

Classics Live 83: The Goldenberg Duo

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05/11/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #820

May 11, 2019
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05/09/2019

The Topeka Symphony Principal String Players live at Kansas Public Radio May 3, 2019

Topeka Symphony principal string players Zsolt Eder and Eman Chalshotori visited the KPR studio to play duos ahead of their appearance as soloists with their orchestra in Brahms' Double Concerto. They played Castillo Interior by Peteris Vasks, and the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. Michael Keelan talked with conductor Kyle Wylie Pickett.
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05/09/2019

Classics Live 82: Michael Davidson, trombone.

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05/04/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #819

May 4, 2019
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05/02/2019

Hannah Collins and Lawrence Figg live at Kansas Public Radio May 1, 2019

Hannah Collins of the KU faculty and Lawrence Figg of the KC Symphony
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05/02/2019

Classics Live 81: Allegresse Trio with Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano

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04/30/2019

Madeline Adkins plays the Danse Macabre solo

Camille Saint-Saëns wrote a famous violin solo in his Danse Macabre (Ghoulish Dance) for orchestra. It's played by the concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Madeline Adkins, on the orchestra's new series of the orchestral works by Saint-Saëns. Michael Keelan talked with her about the concept and technique of the solo.
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04/27/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #818

April 27, 2019
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04/25/2019

Classics Live 80: Sunnat Ibrahim, cello, with pianist Benjamin Dominguez.

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04/25/2019

Conductor Antony Walker on Bizet's Pearl Fishers

Lyric Opera Kansas City presents Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers on April 27 and May 1/3/5. Michael Keelan talked with Antony Walker about this second-best known opera by the composer, and how it compares with Carmen.
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04/11/2019

Classics Live 78: Krolevich\Spanos: Violin with Piano

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04/04/2019

Classics Live 77: KC Baroque Consortium

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04/03/2019

The Ambassador Choir from the Lawrence Children's Choir live at Kansas Public Radio March 28, 2019

The Ambassador Choir, part of the Tour Choir of the Lawrence Children's Choir program,
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03/30/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #815

March 30, 2019
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03/29/2019

The Ben Allison Quartet live at Kansas Public Radio February 18, 2019

In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies,  Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.
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03/28/2019

Classics Live 76: Weimar Staatskapelle

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03/24/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #774 (rebroadcast)

March 24, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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03/23/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #773 (rebroadcast)

March 23, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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03/21/2019

Classics Live 82: NAVO Consort plays Bach

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03/17/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #772 (rebroadcast)

March 17, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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03/16/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #814

March 16, 2019
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03/14/2019

Classics Live 73: Anthony Trionfo, flute at the Lied Center Pavilion

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03/13/2019

Philippe Quint gives Charlie Chaplin songs the deluxe treatment

Violinist Philippe Quint joined pianist Marta Aznavoorian to discuss their new album, "Chaplin's Smile." It features songs and film soundtracks by the legendary star, and includes Joshua Bell as a guest. Michael Keelan talked with Quint and Aznavoorian about Chaplin's approach to music.
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03/10/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #771 (rebroadcast)

March 10, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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03/09/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #813

March 9, 2019
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03/07/2019

KU Faculty Trio Live at Kansas Public Radio March 1, 2019

Paul Stevens, horn, David Colwell, violin, and Ellen Sommer, piano, play two movements of the Brahms horn trio. They are all University of Kansas faculty.
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03/07/2019

Classics Live 72: The Mountain Duo

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03/03/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #770 (rebroadcast)

March 3, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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03/02/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #812

March 2, 2019
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02/28/2019

Classics Live 71: Cellist Matt Beckmann

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02/26/2019

Joyce DiDonato makes old favorites sound new

Joyce DiDonato took the old Italian songs and arias sung by every aspiring classical student as the basis for her new album, Songplay. Her all-star team of musicians arranged the songs in jazz and samba styles. She intersperses those with show tunes and jazz standards of our own time. Michael Keelan talked with her about the album and her roles in the upcoming Metropolitan Opera season.
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02/24/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #769 (rebroadcast)

February 24, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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02/23/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #811

February 23, 2019
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