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.
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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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