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Recording, Episodes & Live Studio Performances

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Ignea Strata at Kansas Public Radio November 11, 2017

The vocal ensemble Ignea Strata visited KPR in advance of their Oct.

Noah Geller, violin October 5, 2017

Kansas City Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller visited the KPR studio to play music by

Leonard Slatkin on his new book, Leading Tones

Leonard Slatkin's long and distinguished career includes seven Grammy awards, along with the music directorships of the St. Louis and Washington, D.C. (National) Symphonies, and currently that of the Detroit Symphony. Michael Keelan talked with him about his second book, Leading Tones, in which he discusses music he loves to conduct, influential figures from his past, and how the Detroit Symphony has recovered from economic turmoil.

Leonard Slatkin, extended interview

In this extended version of the aired feature, Michael Keelan talks with Detroit Symphony music director Leonard Slatkin about American symphonies, educational efforts for music in the United States, and the recovery of the Detroit Symphony from the 2008 financial crisis and its effects. Slatkin's new book, his second, is titled Leading Tones.

Gabriela Martinez, piano, September 29, 2017

Pianist Gabriela Martinez visited the KPR Studio to play in advance of her Sept.

World Cello Day September 19, 2017

Topeka Symphony principal cellist Eman Chalshotori stopped by the KPR studio to preview

Sharon Isbin on Spanish guitar with voice

The new album of guitarist Sharon Isbin with Isabel Leonard (Alma Espagnola) features Spanish songs, some of which were arranged by Isbin herself. She talked with Michael Keelan about the performance medium, and the tragic stories of some of the composers.

Lawrence Opera Theatre August 10, 2017

​ Members of Lawrence Opera Theatre visited the studio to sing excerpts from their upcoming performances Aug. 11-20. Pianist Brad Baker collaborated. Michael Keelan talked with artistic director Hugo Vera and administrator Erica Fox Zabusky about the season and this year's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Complete information is at  

Heartland Chamber Music Festival August 3, 2017

Heartland Chamber Music brought their Festival Scholars Quartets, as well as the Camerata Chamber orchestra, to the KPR studios in advance of their concerts this weekend (August 4-5, 2017) on the JCCC campus. The orchestra played the first two movements of Grieg's Holberg Suite, followed by quartets with Mendelssohn's Op. 12 and Op. 44/1. ​Conductor Chris Kelts talked with Michael Keelan about the program.

International Institute for Young Musicians Piano contest winners July 7th, 2017

Three pianists from the International Institute for Young Musicians played at the KPR studios


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