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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

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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.  
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
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
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.
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 for the sound of an orchestra, and what makes an ensemble great, as well as delving into the unsung responsibilities of a music director.
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.
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").
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.
04/21/2017

Bach Aria Soloists April 20, 2017

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