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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

Date Description
04/25/2019

Conductor Antony Walker on Bizet's Pearl Fishers

Lyric Opera Kansas City presents Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers on April 27 and May 1/3/5. Michael Keelan talked with Antony Walker about this second-best known opera by the composer, and how it compares with Carmen.
04/03/2019

The Ambassador Choir from the Lawrence Children's Choir live at Kansas Public Radio March 28, 2019

The Ambassador Choir, part of the Tour Choir of the Lawrence Children's Choir program,
03/13/2019

Philippe Quint gives Charlie Chaplin songs the deluxe treatment

Violinist Philippe Quint joined pianist Marta Aznavoorian to discuss their new album, "Chaplin's Smile." It features songs and film soundtracks by the legendary star, and includes Joshua Bell as a guest. Michael Keelan talked with Quint and Aznavoorian about Chaplin's approach to music.
03/07/2019

KU Faculty Trio Live at Kansas Public Radio March 1, 2019

Paul Stevens, horn, David Colwell, violin, and Ellen Sommer, piano, play two movements of the Brahms horn trio. They are all University of Kansas faculty.
02/26/2019

Joyce DiDonato makes old favorites sound new

Joyce DiDonato took the old Italian songs and arias sung by every aspiring classical student as the basis for her new album, Songplay. Her all-star team of musicians arranged the songs in jazz and samba styles. She intersperses those with show tunes and jazz standards of our own time. Michael Keelan talked with her about the album and her roles in the upcoming Metropolitan Opera season.
02/14/2019

Soloists from Park University's International Center for Music February 12, 2019

Soloists from Park University's International Center for Music visited the studio to preview
02/04/2019

Jane Glover writes Handel in London and conducts Mozart in KC

Conductor and author Jane Glover has studied 18th-century music for her entire career, culminating in books on first Mozart and now Handel. Michael Keelan talked with her about the new volume and her upcoming performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Kansas City.
01/24/2019

Jennifer Forni Live at Kansas Public Radio January 18, 2019

Soprano Jennifer Forni appeared in the KPR studio with pianist Charles Tsui. Forni sang as the soloist with the Topeka Symphony on their Jan. 19 program, including the ending of Mahler's fourth symphony, which she included in her KPR appearance. Before that, she sang songs of Chausson, Strauss, and Barber.
01/16/2019

Meggi Sweeney Smith on Baroque dance

Meggi Sweeney Smith headed to New York City after graduating from the University of Kansas, teaching at New York University and dancing for the New York Baroque Dance Company. She is a soloist in multiple guises, including an ostrich, on the new premiere complete recording of Rameau's opera Le Temple de la Gloire. Michael Keelan talked with her about it.
01/14/2019

Amit Peled records the Bach suites on Casals' cello

Amit Peled takes the brave step of playing the Bach suites on the cello of the man who made them famous through their first recording, Pablo Casals. Michael Keelan talked with Peled about Bach.  

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