Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Classics Live brings you exclusive performances from throughout the KPR listening area. Our microphones travel to the Sunflower Music Festival, the Lied Center, the Ruel Joyce Recital series, the Great Spaces Music and Arts series, as well as performances recorded in Kansas Public Radio's live studio. Performers include the Emerson String Quartet, the Zoco Duo, Ensemble Iberica, and members of the Kansas City Symphony, among others. The series producer is KPR's Cordelia Brown, with recording engineer Chuck Smith. Darrell Brogdon hosts the program.
Latest episode of Classics Live:
Sunflower Music Festival 5 — May 28
A great chamber music night from June 2019 when they played Debussy's Dances Sacred and Profane for harp and string quintet, and Dvorak's A Major Piano Quintet. Soloists from the 2019 Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka.
Chia-Fei Lin, violin Ruel Joyce — June 4
Brahms rules in this Ruel Joyce Recital featuring violinist Chia-Fei Lin and pianist Pei-Chun Liao. Johannes Brahms’ “Rain” Sonata, the First, followed by his Third Sonata in d Minor. Quite a difference between two sonatas.
Sunflower Music Festival 6 — June 11
Britain has the last night of the Proms, and Topeka has the concluding night of the Sunflower Music Festival. The party begins with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro Overture, and the rousing finish is Brahms’ mighty First Symphony.
Lyric Opera Residents Ruel Joyce — June 18
Imagine four young buoyant voices and a young gifted pianist giving their all. Dreams come true in this Ruel Joyce Recital featuring Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident and Apprentice Artists, doing everything from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet to George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim.
2019 Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka — June 25
This opening night concert does not disappoint, with the staunch Introduction and Allegro by Sir Edward Elgar, and then the delightful Mozart Clarinet Concerto, featuring festival clarinetist Jonathan Gunn.
|Daniel Hsu, piano||Grace Cathedral||Feb 20|
|Braulo Bosi, guitar||Ruel Joyce||Feb 27|
|Zlatomir Fung, cello||Lied Center Pavilion||Mar 5|
|Lyric Arts Trio||Ruel Joyce||Mar 12|
|Paul Meier, organ||Grace Cathedral||Mar 19|
|Jack Winerock piano||Ruel Joyce||Mar 26|
|Sunflower Music Festival 1||Apr 2|
|Jayne Siemens, soprano||Ruel Joyce||Apr 9|
|Sunflower Music Festival 2||Apr 16|
|Sojin Jin & Sojung Kwak, pianos||Ruel Joyce||Apr 23|
|Sunflower Music Festival 3||Apr 30|
|Marita Abner, bassoon||Ruel Joyce||May 7|
|Sunflower Music Festival 4||May 14|
|Stirling Trent, violin||Ruel Joyce||May 21|
|Sunflower Music Festival 5||May 28|
|Chia-Fei Lin, violin||Ruel Joyce||June 4|
|Lyric Opera Residents||Ruel Joyce||June 11|
|Sunflower Music Festival 6||June 18|
|Zolt Eder & Friends||Grace Cathedral||June 25|
|No Bow Tie, guitars||Ruel Joyce||July 2|
|Augustana Choirs||Grace Cathedral||July 9|
|Dominik Cambeis & Yi Zheng, pianos||July 16|
|Jambaroque||Lawrence Arts Center||July 23|
|Cello Quartet||Ruel Joyce||July 30|
|Windsync||Lied Pavilion||Aug 6|
|Aeolian Effect||Ruel Joyce||Aug 13|
|Spire Ensemble||Grace Cathedral||Aug 20|
|Ho Ahn, cello||Ruel Joyce||Aug 27|
|Baylor A Cappella Choir||Grace Cathedral||Sep 3|
|Slawomir Dobrzanski & Agustin Muriago, pianos||Sep 10|
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