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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.

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.

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

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

Yolanda Kondonassis premieres Jennifer Higdon's harp concerto

A new album from the Rochester Philharmonic and their music director Ward Stare features Yolanda Kondonassis and the new harp concerto written for her by Jennifer Higdon, one of today's most established composers. Stare and Kondonassis talked with Michael Keelan.

A week of celebrations for the D-Day anniversary

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum hosts commemorative events from June 1-6 in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Europe commanded by the future president. Michael Keelan talked with library director Dawn Hammatt about the schedule.

John Georgiadis tells stories of the "hot seat" in London

Violinist and conductor John Georgiadis was concertmaster of the City of Birmingham, and later London Symphony Orchestras in the 1960s and 70s. He took up conducting after studying with legendary Romanian Sergiu Celibidache. He talked with Michael Keelan from his home in the UK about his new book, Bow to Baton, telling countless stories of those years.  

Brian J. Nelson Concert Preview live at Kansas Public Radio May 22, 2019

Brian J. Nelson of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center visited the studio with several musicians-

Jan Kraybill fits an orchestra into an organ

A new album from Jan Kraybill, one of the region's most visible organists, features transcriptions of orchestral music. Michael Keelan talked with her.

The Topeka Symphony Principal String Players live at Kansas Public Radio May 3, 2019

Topeka Symphony principal string players Zsolt Eder and Eman Chalshotori visited the KPR studio to play duos ahead of their appearance as soloists with their orchestra in Brahms' Double Concerto. They played Castillo Interior by Peteris Vasks, and the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia. Michael Keelan talked with conductor Kyle Wylie Pickett.


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