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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

Date Description
01/24/2017

Michael Gordon, flute, January 23, 2017

Michael Gordon, principal flutist of the Kansas City Symphony, stopped by to preview his solo
01/17/2017

Champion Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu

Classical music plays a prominent part in competitive figure skating. This year, the national championships are held in Kansas City from Jan. 14-22. Michael Keelan talked with Mirai Nagasu, who has won multiple medals in the annual event over several years, including the gold, about the role of music. She competes on Jan. 19, using Chopin's posthumous c# minor nocturne, and Jan. 21.
01/10/2017

KC Symphony concertmaster Noah Geller as soloist

Noah Geller is soloist in the Bartok second violin concerto Jan. 13-15 with the Kansas City Symphony, where he is ordinarily concertmaster. Michael Keelan talked with him about the concerto. The program also includes Dvorak and Kodaly.
12/15/2016

Angela Parrish on the film La La Land

Angela Parrish of Kansas succeeded in what so many have attempted- to move to Los Angeles and get in the movie business. Her voice is featured on the soundtrack to the new musical La La Land, with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Michael Keelan talks with her about the process of recording the soundtrack, and her versatile career.
12/07/2016

Conductor Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov, one of today's most respected international conductors, has embarked on a cycle of Tchaikovsky with the Czech Philharmonic. In this full version of the interview, Michael Keelan talks with him about the ambiguous ending of the 6th symphony (contained on the first release, along with Romeo and Juliet), and the creative process.
11/30/2016

Kansas City Symphony violinist Stirling Trent and Chorus November 29, 2016

Violinist Stirling Trent stopped by the KPR studio in advance of his Dec. 7 solo appearance with the KC Symphony, where he serves as associate principal 2nd violin. He played the Bach Chaconne. Then, members of the symphony's chorus gave us a flurry of Christmas carols ahead of their performances of Messiah Dec. 1-4, and Christmas Festival Dec. 15-20, all at the Kauffman Center.
11/21/2016

The Ambassador Choir of the Lawrence Children's Choir November 17, 2016

The Ambassador Choir from the Lawrence Children's Choirs stopped by the studio to preview their fall concert. Carolyn Welch conducted, and Holly Page accompanied. The assistant director is Amy Waldron.  
11/16/2016

Alexander Markov, violin, November 10, 2016

Violin soloist Alexander Markov, and conductor Kyle Wylie Pickett of the Topeka Symphony, visited the KPR studio ahead of Markov's performance of Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2. He played Massenet and Bach, besides discussing the technical innovations of Paganini. Then, he took out his electric violin and light saber bow for a 21st century version of virtuosity.  
11/14/2016

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis interview

Yolanda Kondonassis is at the pinnacle of the classical harp world. She appears on a new album she co-produced, Ginastera One Hundred, featuring the harp concerto of the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera in this centennial year of his birth. Violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Orli Shaham, and guitarist Jason Vieaux are also on the album. Kondonassis talks with Michael Keelan about the composer, and music being written for the harp.
11/03/2016

Lara Downes on her new album, "America Again"

Michael Keelan talks with Lara Downes about the album of American composers spanning over 100 years, ranging from folk song arrangements to Duke Ellington. She speaks about playing for school audiences, and winning the Sphinx Medal for artists of color.

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