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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

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Benjamin Matis, tenor March 22, 2017

Tenor Benjamin Matis joined KU piano division chair Jack Winerock to preview their April 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pianist Ben Model February 24, 2017

Pianist Ben Model visited the KPR studios in advance of his performances accompanying some of

Lawrence Community Orchestra THE MARK OF ZORRO!

Saturday night at seven at Liberty Hall -- February 11th 2017 -- the Lawrence Community Orchestra, directed by Matt Smith, will provide live orchestral music to the silent film, starring Douglas Fairbanks -- THE MARK OF ZORRO!     Costume contest starts at 6:30pm, Zorro costumes encouraged, winner will be announced at intermission.  Tickets at the door.    

Filmmaker Kiki Wilson on conductor Robert Shaw

Few conductors have inspired such a devoted following as Robert Shaw, who dominated choral conducting in the second half of the twentieth century. Kiki Wilson sang for Shaw and has made a film about him, receiving a Kansas City premiere Feb. 11 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Michael Keelan spoke with her about her experiences.

Steven Spooner, piano January 27, 2017

​Steven Spooner visited the KPR studios to preview his Jan. 29 concert at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. He played four Chopin mazurkas, followed by his own Concert Etude for Vladimir Horowitz, adopting a very recognizable melody in the style of the Russian virtuoso.

Composer Adam Schoenberg on his new album with the KC Symphony

Composer Adam Schoenberg has a strong relationship with the Kansas City Symphony, having honed his craft at writing for orchestra with the ensemble. The new album conducted by Michael Stern features three of Schoenberg's pieces, all of which have connections to the musicians involved. Michael Keelan talks with him about it, and the artworks which inspired two of the pieces. The premiere of Schoenberg's Symphony No. 2 is on March 18 at the Kauffman Center, with the University of Texas-Austin Wind Ensemble.


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