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Classics Live

Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Classics Live brings you exclusive performances from throughout the KPR listening area. Our microphones travel to the Sunflower Music Festival, the Lied Center, the Ruel Joyce Recital series, the Great Spaces Music and Arts series, as well as performances recorded in Kansas Public Radio's live studio. Performers include the Emerson String Quartet, the Zoco Duo, Ensemble Iberica, and members of the Kansas City Symphony, among others. The series producer is KPR's Cordelia Brown, with recording engineer Chuck Smith. Darrell Brogdon hosts the program.

Latest episode of Classics Live:

Here's a listing with broadcast dates of upcoming shows:

Eli Schille-Hanson, Organist—June 6
A Great Spaces Music and Arts recital from Topeka’s Grace Cathedral, featuring organist Eli Schille-Hanson with pieces by Bach, Torroba, and Turina. A native of Bellingham, Washington, Eli is teaching organ at Indiana State’s Jacob’s School of Music while he finishes up his Master’s Degree in Music.

Sunflower Music Festival—June 13
Three chamber pieces featuring Sunflower Music Festival 2018 performers. Gilad Cohen assigns playful roles in his modern Trio for Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello, and Ruminating Harp. Boccherini’s ‘Cello’ Quintet for strings, and the somewhat-oddly-scored but very enjoyable St-Saens’ Septet for trumpet, piano, violins, viola, cello and bass.

Sunflower Chamber Orchestra—June 20
Andres Cardenes conducts the Sunflower Music Festival 2018 orchestra in eerie music used in a Twilight Zone episode: Walking Distance by Bernard Herrmann. Pianist David Allen Wehr shines in Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro Appassionato for piano and orchestra, and to conclude, Schubert’s 5th Symphony.

Sunflower Music Festival—June 27
A night of chamber music including Deux Pieces en Trio for Flute, Cello, and Harp by Joseph Jongen. David Popper’s Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, and finally, Dohnanyi’s Quintet for Piano and Strings. From the Sunflower Music Festival 2018.

Sunflower Music Festival—July 11
The big finish from the 2018 summer season. The last night concert featured everyone in full orchestra, with a pristine performance of the Silken Ladder Overture by Rossini, and sparkling grand finale with a blowout performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

Here's the full 2018–2019 schedule for Classics Live:

Robert Weirich, Organist, Great Spaces Nov 29
Tomoko Iguchi, violin, Ruel Joyce Dec 6
Piano Trio Con Spirito, Ruel Joyce Dec 13
KU Vespers 2018 Dec 20
Cantus Xmas 2017 Dec 27
Antonio Chen Guang, Lied Center Jan 3
Soojin Jin & So Jung Kwak, Pianists, Ruel Joyce Jan 10
The Juilliard String Quartet Jan 17
Mateusz Rzewuski, Organist, Great Spaces Jan 24
K State Brass, Ruel Joyce Jan 31
KC Symphony Schubert Quintet, Ruel Joyce Feb 7
KC Lyric Opera Love Songs, Ruel Joyce Feb 14
Simon Johnson, Organist, Great Spaces Feb 21
Matt Beckmann, Cellist Feb 28
Mountain Duo, Ruel Joyce Mar 7
Anthony Trionfo, Flutist, Lied Center Mar 14
NAVO Homage to Bach (Bach birthday) Mar 21
Staatskapelle Weimar, Lied Center Mar 28
KC Baroque Consortium, Ruel Joyce Apr 4
Alla Krolevich, Violinist, Ruel Joyce Apr 11
Wm Jewell Choral, Great Spaces (Holy Week) Apr 18
Sunnat Ibragimov, Cellist, Ruel Joyce Apr 25
Allegresse Trio w/ soprano, Ruel Joyce May 2
Michael Davidson, Trombonist, Ruel Joyce May 9
Goldenberg Violin & Piano Duo, Ruel Joyce May 16
Cindy Egger & Daniel Krieg, Guitarists, Ruel Joyce May 23
Ramiro Miranda, Violinist & Martin Cuellar, Pianist May 30
Eli Schille-Hudson, Great Spaces Jun 6
Sunflower Music Festival Jun 13
Sunflower Music Festival Jun 20
Sunflower Music Festival Jun 27


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