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Classics Live

Every Thursday at 7:00pm 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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11/9 Imani Winds  
The Imani Winds is probably the top touring wind ensemble in the world.  Their Lied Center performance this spring features their signature Legacy Commissioning Project piece, a joint commission for both the Imani Winds and for Lawrence’s Lied Center.  Called “The Light is the Same,” the new piece for wind quintet is by Reena Esmail, meaning that if we are all seen in the same light, we can all shine equally.   Also on the program, some of Gustav Holst’s Planets arranged for winds only, and a Prelude, Theme and Variations for winds by Carl Nielsen.   
11/16 Anne Marie Brown, violin with cellist Lawrence Figg 
These two members of the Brookside Quartet, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Heartland Chamber Festival will play duos for violin and cello. A Duetto Concertante by string master Paganini, Eight Pieces by Gliere, a Duo by Martinu and a Passacaglia by Handel round out this Ruel Joyce Recital we recorded at Johnson County Community College.
11/30 Richard Elliott, organ 
Dr Richard Elliott is the principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In the spring of 2017 he gave an outstanding recital at Topeka’s Grace Cathedral. Join us for The Rejoicing from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, the Saint Francis Suite by theater organ style specialist Richard Purvis, and even a little bit of George Gershwin and Richard Wagner.
12/7 Silverwood Duo 
Steven and Emily Smith have been a fixture of the Kansas City area music scene for over thirty years. Their Ruel Joyce Recital at Johnson County Community College is a wonderful pairing of Emily’s flute playing and Steve’s violin and viola playing. Devienne wrote a Duo for Flute and Viola, we’ll hear that followed by Blue Monkey for Flute and Violin from 2005, Five Duos by Richard Lane, some canons or rounds by Telemann, and the Silverwood Duo finishes up with Cecil Rayners’ Goblin Shadows and Joplin’s Pineapple Rag.
12/14 Stirling Trent, violin 
Juilliard graduate and Itzhak Perlman student Stirling Trent presents an all-Bach program in this Ruel Joyce Recital, with two Bach selections: The Third Sonata for solo violin, and the Second Partita, which features the famous Chaconne as its last movement. The sound of one violin playing Bach is perhaps both simple and profound.


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