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10/14/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #761

October 14, 2017
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10/12/2017

Ignea Strata at Kansas Public Radio November 11, 2017

The vocal ensemble Ignea Strata visited KPR in advance of their Oct.
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10/10/2017

Noah Geller, violin October 5, 2017

Kansas City Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller visited the KPR studio to play music by
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10/07/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #760

October 7, 2017
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10/06/2017

Leonard Slatkin on his new book, Leading Tones

Leonard Slatkin's long and distinguished career includes seven Grammy awards, along with the music directorships of the St. Louis and Washington, D.C. (National) Symphonies, and currently that of the Detroit Symphony. Michael Keelan talked with him about his second book, Leading Tones, in which he discusses music he loves to conduct, influential figures from his past, and how the Detroit Symphony has recovered from economic turmoil.
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10/06/2017

Leonard Slatkin, extended interview

In this extended version of the aired feature, Michael Keelan talks with Detroit Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin about American symphonies, educational efforts for music in the United States, and the recovery of the Detroit Symphony from the 2008 financial crisis and its effects. Slatkin's new book, his second, is titled Leading Tones.
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10/05/2017

Classics Live 33: The KC Baroque Consortium

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10/05/2017

Classics Live 33: The KC Baroque Consortium

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10/04/2017

Gabriela Martinez, piano, September 29, 2017

Pianist Gabriela Martinez visited the KPR Studio to play in advance of her Sept.
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09/30/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #729

September 30, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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09/28/2017

Classics Live 32: The Zora String Quartet

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09/24/2017

Korby Lenker on Trail Mix June 30, 2017

Idaho native Korby Lenker, now based in East Nashville, is a noted book author as well
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09/23/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #759

September 23, 2017
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09/21/2017

Classics Live: The Brookside String Quartet

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09/19/2017

World Cello Day September 19, 2017

Topeka Symphony principal cellist Eman Chalshotori stopped by the KPR studio to preview
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09/16/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #725

September 16, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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09/09/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #758

September 9, 2017
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09/02/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #721

September 2, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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09/01/2017

The Steel Wheels - May 6, 2017

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, The Steel Wheels bring powerful lead and harmony vocals, string band instruments with a groove, and strong original songwriting to their blend of Americana and bluegrass music.
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08/26/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #757

August 26, 2017
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08/22/2017

Sharon Isbin on Spanish guitar with voice

The new album of guitarist Sharon Isbin with Isabel Leonard (Alma Espagnola) features Spanish songs, some of which were arranged by Isbin herself. She talked with Michael Keelan about the performance medium, and the tragic stories of some of the composers.
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08/19/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #756

August 19, 2017
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08/12/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #755

August 12, 2017
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08/10/2017

Lawrence Opera Theatre August 10, 2017

​ Members of Lawrence Opera Theatre visited the studio to sing excerpts from their upcoming performances Aug. 11-20. Pianist Brad Baker collaborated. Michael Keelan talked with artistic director Hugo Vera and administrator Erica Fox Zabusky about the season and this year's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Complete information is at theatrelawrence.com.  
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08/05/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #754

August 5, 2017
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08/04/2017

Heartland Chamber Music Festival August 3, 2017

Heartland Chamber Music brought their Festival Scholars Quartets, as well as the Camerata Chamber orchestra, to the KPR studios in advance of their concerts this weekend (August 4-5, 2017) on the JCCC campus. The orchestra played the first two movements of Grieg's Holberg Suite, followed by quartets with Mendelssohn's Op. 12 and Op. 44/1. ​Conductor Chris Kelts talked with Michael Keelan about the program. https://www.facebook.com/heartlandchambermusic
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07/29/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #753

July 29, 2017
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07/22/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #719

July 22, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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07/15/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #718

July 15, 2017
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07/08/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #717

July 8, 2017 - 20th Anniversary Concert
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07/07/2017

International Institute for Young Musicians Piano contest winners July 7th, 2017

Three pianists from the International Institute for Young Musicians played at the KPR studios
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07/01/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #752

July 1, 2017
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06/24/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #716

June 24, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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06/17/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #715

June 17, 2017 (rebroadcast)
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06/10/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #751

June 10, 2017
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06/09/2017

Charles Stegeman and David Allen Wehr June 8, 2017

Charles Stegeman and David Allen Wehr stopped by the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio and previewed the 2017 Sunflower Music Festival by performing Beethoven's Sonata for violin and piano in G major. The festival runs from June 9-17 at White Concert Hall at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
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06/03/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #750

June 3, 2017
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06/02/2017

Gerard Schwarz: Behind the Baton, part 2

Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, made the orchestra world-class during his tenure. Michael Keelan talked with him about his new book, Behind the Baton. In part two of this two-part discussion, Schwarz addresses critics and reviews, and the music of Alan Hovhaness, one of the American composers he champions.
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06/02/2017

Gerard Schwarz: Behind the Baton, part 1

Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, has written a new book about his experiences there and at the many other orchestras he has led. Michael Keelan talked with him. In part one of this two-part discussion, he describes his ideal sound for an orchestra, and what makes an ensemble great, as well as delving into the unsung responsibilities of a music director.
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05/27/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #749

May 27, 2017
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05/20/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #748

May 20, 2017
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05/13/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #747

May 13, 2017
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05/06/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #746

May 6, 2017
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05/01/2017

Jennifer Rowley, first-time leading lady at the Metropolitan Opera

Jennifer Rowley will step in for Patricia Racette on the entire run of Cyrano de Bergerac, by Franco Alfano, at the Met in New York. The opera, based on the well-known play by Edmond Rostand, also stars Roberto Alagna. Michael Keelan talks with Rowley about being a Met leading lady, and what might come next for her. Opening night streams live, free, at 6:25 PM Central on Tuesday, May 2 at http://www.metopera.org/stream.aspx ("Continue to full site").
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04/29/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #745

April 29, 2017
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04/28/2017

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein on playing Mozart in Havana

With the recent thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Simone Dinnerstein went to Havana and recorded two Mozart concertos with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, made up of students and young professional musicians. Michael Keelan talked with her about that and her cadenzas (solo sections) in Concerto No. 21.
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04/28/2017

The Belle Hollows live on Trail Mix April 30, 2017

This trio from Nashville, formerly part of the band The Barrel Jumpers,  blends contemporary fol
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04/22/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #744

April 22, 2017
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04/21/2017

Bach Aria Soloists April 20, 2017

The Bach Aria Soloists visited the KPR studio in advance of their concert April 22.
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04/17/2017

Bass Scott Conner on singing Strauss at the Met

Olathe-born bass Scott Conner has risen rapidly in the international opera world. This month and next, he appears at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Renee Fleming in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. Michael Keelan talked with him about the process of preparing. KPR listeners can see and hear him in the May 13 live broadcast from the Met, streamed into movie theaters.
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