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11/09/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #838

November 9, 2019
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11/08/2019

Ordinary Elephant live at Kansas Public Radio October 2, 2019

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused
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11/02/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #767 (rebroadcast)

November 2, 2019
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11/01/2019

Alyssa Morris - Solo Etude for Oboe "Collision Etudes"

Alyssa Morris performs her own composition, a solo etude for oboe called "Collision Etudes,"  based on works of art by female American painters.   1- “Summertime” (Mary Cassatt) 2- “City Landscape” (Joan Mitchell) 3- “Jimson Weed” (Georgia O’Keeffe) 4- “Rainbow” (Alma Thomas) 5- “Autumn Leaves” (Georgia O’Keeffe) 6- “My World Is Not Flat” (Margarete Bagshaw) Air date November 1, 2019
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10/26/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #837 - Halloween Spooktacular

October 26, 2019
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10/24/2019

Classics Live 76: Staatskapelle Weimar at Lied Center

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10/19/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #836

October 19, 2019
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10/17/2019

Classics Live 75: Lyric Opera Residents

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10/17/2019

The KU Faculty String Trio live on Kansas Public Radio October 15, 2019

Three of KU's String Teachers came by to give us a sneak peak of their Thursday evening October 17th 2019 String Faculty Recital in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall, the music building on the KU campus in Lawrence.  String professors David Colwell, violin; Hannah Collins, cello; and Boris Vayner, viola perform the Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio in the KPR Live Performance Studio.   
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10/16/2019

Steve Lewis and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble

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10/14/2019

Classics Live 74: Michael Davidson, trombone.

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10/12/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #835

October 12, 2019
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10/11/2019

Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau

Carmina Burana!  Petal and Tulips and Lobster!   It's a triple-bill for the Kansas City Ballet's October 11-20th run at the Kaufmann Center.  Hear their Conductor and Music Director Ramona Pansegrau talk about these three fascinating productions that are not to be missed.  
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10/09/2019

Alexander Tutunov live on Kansas Public Radio October 4, 2019

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent.” Before he soloed with the Topeka Symphony Saturday night October 5, he and conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett came to the KPR studios to show off some Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Bach. 
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09/28/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #833

September 28, 2019
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09/26/2019

Classics Live 72: The Mountain Duo

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09/21/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #832

September 21, 2019
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09/19/2019

Classics Live 71: Matt Beckmann, Cellist

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09/14/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #831

September 14, 2019
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09/12/2019

Classics Live 77: KC Baroque Consortium

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09/12/2019

Michael Christie conducts KC's Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart's farce with a heart is conducted by Michael Christie at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City from September 21-29. Michael Keelan talked with him about specifics of the production. (photo of production as used by New Orleans Opera)
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09/07/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #830 (TV Themes)

September 7, 2019
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09/05/2019

Classics Live 69: KC Symphony Quintet

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08/29/2019

Classics Live 68: K-State Brass Quintet

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08/29/2019

Opus 76 String Quartet live at Kansas Public Radio August 27, 2019

The Opus 76 quartet came by the studio to preview their concert for Saturday, Aug. 31 at Old Mission United Methodist Church. It includes Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet and (played here) Beethoven's "Harp" quartet. Michael Keelan talked with manager and musician Keith Stanfield. https://opus76.org/
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08/24/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #829

August 24, 2019
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08/22/2019

Classics Live 67: Mateusz Rzewuski, organ.

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08/17/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #828

August 17, 2019
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08/15/2019

Classics Live 65: Soojin Jin and So Jung Kwak, pianists

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08/10/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #802 (rebroadcast)

August 10, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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08/08/2019

Heartland Chamber Music Festival Orchestra and Scholars live at Kansas Public Radio August 1, 2019

Heartland Chamber Music brought the Camerata Orchestra, as well as two Festival Scholar quartets to play in the studio. Michael Keelan talked with executive director Vicki Olson.  
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08/08/2019

Classics Live 64: Pianist Antonio Chen Guang

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08/05/2019

Karina Gauvin takes on a new operatic style

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is known for her large discography of Baroque opera, but her new recording is a more dramatic title role in Olimpie, the grand opera by Spontini. Michael Keelan talked with her about the rarely heard music.
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08/03/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #800 (rebroadcast)

August 3, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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08/01/2019

Classics Live 63: Piano Trio Con Spirito

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07/27/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #827

July 27, 2019
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07/25/2019

Classics Live 62: Tomoko Iguchi, violin.

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07/22/2019

Augustin Hadelich plays Brahms and Ligeti concertos

Violinist Augustin Hadelich has paired a warhorse, the Brahms violin concerto, with the fiendishly difficult concerto by the avant-garde master Ligeti. Michael Keelan talked with him about the contrasting challenges.
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07/20/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #826 - The Moon Show

July 20, 2019
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07/18/2019

Classics Live 61: Pianist Robert Weirich

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07/16/2019

Anna Shelest on female pianist-composers

Ukrainian pianist Anna Shelest has recorded a recital titled Donna Voce of the most famous 19th-20th century female pianist composers, with one present-day work for good measure. Michael Keelan talked with her about the different roles each figure had in the musical life of her time.
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07/13/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #795 (rebroadcast)

July 13, 2019 (rebroadcast)
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07/11/2019

Classics Live 90: Sunflower Music Festival IV Grand Finale

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07/06/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #792 (rebroadcast)

July 6, 2019
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06/29/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #790 (rebroadcast)

June 29, 2019
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06/27/2019

Classics Live 89: Sunflower Music Festival III

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06/25/2019

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre plays chamber music by Mathieu

Canadian pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre has recorded the chamber music of André Mathieu (1929-68) on a new album with string players. Sylvestre talked from Montreal with Michael Keelan about the composer's meteoric and tragic career. Michael Keelan at the André Mathieu memorial in Montreal
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06/22/2019

The Retro Cocktail Hour #825 - The Tiki Torches

June 22, 2019
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06/20/2019

The Kansas City Baroque Consortium live at Kansas Public Radio June 18, 2019

Members of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium visited the studio for a
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06/20/2019

Classics Live 88: Sunflower Music Festival II

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