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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

Date Description
03/24/2017

Benjamin Matis, tenor March 22, 2017

Tenor Benjamin Matis joined KU piano division chair Jack Winerock to preview their April 2
03/21/2017

Colin Roust on composer Georges Auric

Before there was Disney, there was Jean Cocteau, and his film "La Belle et la Bête" (Beauty and the Beast). The composer was Georges Auric, who became a major international figure in cinematic scores. Michael Keelan talks with KU professor Colin Roust, who is working on a book about Auric.
03/21/2017

Sky Smeed on Trail Mix March 2, 2017

Sky Smeed was born and raised outside of Chanute, Kansas, in an old one-room schoolhouse his parents bought and turned into a home in the early 1970s. Last year, he sold the country home he built by hand and migrated to Lawrence, Kansas, a place that has provided a non-stop supply of creativity, community and culture, and began settling in to an old fixer-upper on the north side of the Kaw River.
03/20/2017

Mei-Chun Chen, viola March 17, 2017

​ Mei-Chun Chen is the viola soloist for the Topeka Symphony's March 18 concert. She is featured in William Walton's viola concerto, and played the first two movements of the concerto live in the KPR studio, with pianist Erik Lawrence. Michael Keelan talked with her about viola concertos, and with guest conductor Brian Stone about the rest of the program, including Stravinsky and Theofanidis.
03/18/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #740

March 18, 2017
03/12/2017

Songs From Ireland: Carswell & Hope and Ashley Davis

Nick Carswell, his band Carswell & Hope and Ashley Davis join Bob McWilliams on Trail Mix to talk about their pre-St. Patrick's Day concert at Liberty Hall: ​Songs from Ireland.
03/11/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #739

March 11, 2017
03/10/2017

Composer Jake Heggie on opera and song

Jake Heggie is among today's most performed American composers, especially of vocal music. His opera Dead Man Walking is at the KC Lyric Opera March 10 and 12, and KU faculty member Joyce Castle performs a song cycle, Statuesque, that Heggie wrote for her. The concert with other KU faculty is March 12 at 7:30. Michael Keelan talked with Heggie about both pieces and how he crafts his subject matter.
03/10/2017

Allegresse and Dahlia March 9, 2017

The trio Allégresse visited the KPR studio to play music by KU faculty composer Kip Haaheim, "Childhood's End." That and other newly written pieces with the Dahlia Trio and others will appear on Saturday's concert at the Lawrence Arts Center at 7:30.
03/04/2017

The Retro Cocktail Hour #738

March 4, 2017

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