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08/11/2022

Classics Live 136: The Brentano String Quartet at the Lied Center

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08/09/2022

The Wires in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio - August 9, 2022

Cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan Parks played in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio. This classical duo will bring us their latest originals inspired by local art.
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08/06/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #958 - August 6, 2022

August 6, 2022
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08/05/2022

Film Music Friday - August 5, 2022 (Bond, James Bond)

This week on Film Music Friday we're hearing the music of Bond, James Bond.  Rather than the enormously popular songs that have opened most 007 movies, we'll focus instead on the orchestral scores created for the films by composers like John Barry, David Arnold, Marvin Hamlisch, Hans Zimmer and others, including themes from Dr. No, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, the most recent Bond film, No Time to Die, and more.
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08/05/2022

Festival Scholars visit KPR to play Grieg, Shostakovich and Brahms

Pictured are Festival Scholars from the 2022 Heartland Chamber Music Festival going on through August 6 in Kansas City at Johnson County Community College in their Midwest Trust Center for the Performing Arts. Violinists Augusta Schubert and Dmitrii Tabala. Violist Victor Diaz. Cellist Cole Leonard. Their free concert is Friday night at 7. Details at HeartlandChamberMusic.org.
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08/05/2022

Heartland Chamber Music Festival Scholars in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio August 4, 2022

The Heartland Chamber Music Festival Scholars performed in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio.
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08/04/2022

Classics Live 135: Chamber Music Night from Sunflower 2021!

A chamber piece by Swedish composer Laura Valborg Aulin, a woodwind quintet by Amy Beach, and this concert from the summer of 2021 in Topeka at the Sunflower Music Festival begins with the beguiling Fantasy Tableaux for 2 Pianos by Sergein Rachmaninoff.  
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07/30/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #957 - July 30, 2022

July 30, 2022
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07/29/2022

Film Music Friday - July 29, 2022 (The Great Fantasy Films)

This week on Film Music Friday, we're hearing music from the great fantasy films.  Whether it's riding a magic carpet in Thief of Bagdad...finding a fabled lost city in She...or the mystical circus of Dr. Lao, we'll take you to some mighty strange and magical places.
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07/28/2022

The Goldenbergs!

This sister/brother duo of violin and piano bring you Amy Beach, Brahms, and more.  
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07/23/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #956 - July 23, 2022

July 23, 2022
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07/22/2022

When Experts Attack! #35: Good basketball shooting can be coached. Here’s how!

Basketball coaches have a million tips on how to be a better shooter. But guest Dimitrije Cabarkapa says scientific evidence shows which are best. Keeping your elbow tucked in, bending your knees. Data show these “coaching cues” are better than others.
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07/22/2022

Film Music Friday - July 22, 2022 (Michael Giacchino)

Composer Michael Giacchino burst onto the scene in 2004 with The Incredibles, and since then has provided music for several Hollywood blockbusters, including Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Jurassic World and Star Trek, plus numerous Pixar films.  We'll hear from all those and more on this week's Film Music Friday.
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07/21/2022

Classics Live 133: Bach Aria Soloists Bring Schumanns, Brahms to Life

Actors reading from letters between Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms and more, plus the musicians of Kansas City's Bach Aria Soloists, bring these composers and their music to life.  
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07/19/2022

Pianist Miles Swaminathan plays Book 1 of Debussy's Preludes in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio July 19, 2022

Pianist Miles Swaminathan has played for us several times. He studies with Dr. Weirich of UMKC and now that he's freshly out of high school at Olathe Northwest, he's going to play for us before heading off to his freshman year of college at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University!
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07/16/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #955 - July 16, 2022

July 16, 2022
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07/16/2022

Arcadian Wild - In the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio - June 20, 2022

The Arcadian Wild, fronted by songwriters and lead singers Isaac Horn and Lincoln Mick with fiddler Bailey Warren and bassist Cory Caswell, play music sometimes called "chamber folk," rooted in formal voice training, folk, and progressive bluegrass.
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07/15/2022

Chat with Ilya Shmukler, the KC pianist back (triumphantly!) from The Van Cliburn Piano Competition

The six finalists in the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition include Ilya Shmukler, who attends Park University’s International Center for Music in Parkville, Missouri. Ilya also wants to thank David Radzynski for his help and encouragement, along with Stan Ioudenitch, Kenny Broberg, Behzod Abduraimov and many others. Listen also to find out what his favorite KC BBQ place is right now!  
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07/15/2022

Film Music Friday - July 15, 2022 (Three Film Composers)

On this week's Film Music Friday we're featuring the work of three young film composers - Justin Hurwitz, Pinar Toprak and Ramin Djawadi. We'll hear music from La La Land, First Man, Captain Marvel, The Lightkeepers, Game of Thrones, Eternals and more.
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07/13/2022

Classics Live 132: Opening Night from Last Year's Sunflower Music Festival

From 2021's Year of the Woman in Topeka at Washburn for the Sunflower Music Festival. This concert starts with Joann Falletta directing Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.
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07/09/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #954 - July 9, 2022

July 9, 2022
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07/08/2022

Film Music Friday - July 8, 2022 (Films of Humphrey Bogart)

Once typecast in gangster roles, Humphrey Bogart eventually transcended his status as a movie star to become an international cultural icon. This week on Film Music Friday we'll hear some memorable themes from Bogart's films, including Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Caine Mutiny and more.
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07/07/2022

Classics Live 131: Eva Peng, soprano, with pianist Anthony Olson.

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07/02/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #953 - July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022
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07/01/2022

Film Music Friday - July 1, 2022 (Patriotic Films)

With the Fourth of July upon us, it seems like a good time to feature music from patriotic films. This week we'll hear music from Captain America, Independence Day, Air Force One, Patton, Glory and more.
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06/30/2022

Classics Live 130: Pianist Sean Chen.

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06/28/2022

KPR Presents Book Club: Great Circle

KPR Presents Book Club: Great Circle 
06/28/2022

When Experts Attack! #34: Social media isn’t stealing our face-to-face time

There’s been a drop in how much time people around the world spend in face-to-face interaction, but guest Jeffrey Hall says don’t blame social media. It might be our jobs and commutes taking time from in-person get togethers.
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06/25/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #952 - June 25, 2022

June 25, 2022
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06/24/2022

Film Music Friday - June 24, 2022 (Epic Films)

The dictionary defines "epic" as something that's heroic, majestic, impressively great.  In Hollywood an epic is a movie that's big - really big.  And a big movie needs big music.  This week's Film Music Friday examines the music of epic films, with examples from Ben-Hur, King Kong, The Sea Hawk, The Man Who Would Be King and The Avengers, among others.
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06/23/2022

Classics Live 129: The Lyric Arts Trio

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06/18/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #951 - June 18, 2022

June 18, 2022
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06/17/2022

Film Music Friday - June 17, 2022 (Science Fiction)

On this week's Film Music Friday we're hearing the Golden Age of the Science Fiction. Our fascination with the future has made science fiction a staple of the cinema since silent movies. From space invaders and forbidden planets to time travel, sentient robots and atomic mutations run amok, almost anything is possible in the science fiction film. We'll hear music from Metropolis, Things to Come, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Destination Moon and more!
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06/16/2022

Classics Live 128: Ad Astra Duo of Cello with Piano

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06/11/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #950 - June 11, 2022

June 11, 2022
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06/10/2022

Film Music Friday - June 10, 2022 (Carter Burwell)

Carter Burwell didn't aspire to become a composer, much less a film composer.  However, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen gave him an opportunity to write the score for their first film, Blood Simple, in 1994 and he went on to write music for most of the Coen brothers' films.  On this week's Film Music Friday we'll hear Burwell's music from Fargo; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; True Grit; The Big Lebowski and more.
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06/09/2022

Classics Live 127: Dr Martin Gregorius at Grace Cathedral

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06/04/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #949 - June 4, 2022

June 4, 2022
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06/03/2022

Film Music Friday - June 3, 2022 (A Film Music Concert)

It’s not uncommon today for us hear film music played in concert by symphony orchestras. But it wasn’t always the case. When the concept of creating a synchronized score for a motion picture was still a new thing…most music critics and symphony conductors didn’t take it seriously.
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06/02/2022

Classics Live 160: Aleia Gonzales, guitar, with pianist Alejandro Avila

Music from three South American countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay; for guitar and piano separately and together. Including The Four Seasons by Astor Piazzolla.
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06/02/2022

Deborah Brown Live at the Sunflower Music Festival June 21, 2021

I’ve been recording the classical music evenings at the Sunflower Music Festival at White Concert Hall at Washburn University in Topeka for many years and last summer was the first time I’ve had a chance to have a multi-track recording of the jazz night.
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06/01/2022

Jihyun Oh plays Bach in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performance Studio May 25, 2022

Kansas City pianist Jihyun Oh, who is working on her doctorate in music from UMKC, came to KPR to play a few selections she'll feature in her all Bach recital June 4, 1 p.m., at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. Listen as she plays the opening two movements of Bach's Italian Concerto, the opening Fantasy from the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor, and the first three movements from the Partita No 1 for keyboard.
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05/28/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #948 - May 28, 2022

May 28, 2022
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05/27/2022

Film Music Friday - May 27, 2022 (Music from Movies About Movies)

This week on Film Music Friday we're hearing music from movies ABOUT movies, including themes from Sunset Boulevard, The Bad and the Beautiful, Singin' in the Rain, 8 1/2, Cinema Paradiso and more.
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05/26/2022

Classics Live 159: Marimba and More with Mark Lowry

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05/21/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #840 - May 21, 2022 (rebroadcast)

May 20, 2022 (rebroadcast)
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05/20/2022

Film Music Friday - May 20, 2022 (Dimitri Tiomkin)

For a Russian composer who never quite mastered the English language, Dimitri Tiomkin wrote some of the most American-sounding music in films.  This week on Film Music Friday we'll hear examples of the Tiomkin sound, with music from Lost Horizon, Red River, It's a Wonderful Life, Giant, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and more.
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05/19/2022

Classics Live 158: The Opus 76 Quartet playing Mozart and Beethoven

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05/14/2022

The Retro Cocktail Hour #947 - May 14, 2022

May 14, 2022
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05/14/2022

Rigby Summer live in the Kansas Public Radio Live Performnace Studio April 25th, 2022

Stillwater, Oklahoma based, Americana singer-songwriter Rigby Summer, who listened to KPR Trial Mix and Jazz when a teen in Ottawa, released her very well received debut full length album last year, showing the influences of Kansas City, Southern California, and the red dirt music scene of Oklahoma.
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