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Classics Live

Every Thursday at 7:00pm 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.

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Here's a listing with broadcast dates of upcoming shows:

Sullivan/Gray/Sommer Jan 11

Two French Horns players from the Kansas City Symphony are assisted by KU pianist Ellen Sommer in this Ruel Joyce Recital. David Sullivan and Elizabeth Gray bring us music from the Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns, and Ellen Sommer solos in Eight Nocturnes by Francis Poulenc. 

Sunflower Music Festival I Jan 18

Join us for last summer’s opening night concert at Washburn University in Topeka, for Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and a fantastic performance of the Mendelssohn e Minor Violin Concerto with soloist Jeanyi Kim.

Baroque Ruel Joyce from University of Kansas Jan 25

Paul Laird is an acclaimed Professor of Musicology at KU. Hear his Baroque cello as he’s assisted by KU’s Associate Director of Choral Studies, mezzo-soprano Mariana Farah, for songs by Monteverdi. Locatelli flute music featuring his wife, Joy Laird who’s a flutist and flute teacher in Lawrence, and even their daughter, KU School of Music graduate Caitlin Laird. Flutist Dorothy Glick and KU Carilloneur Elizabeth Berghout join the group too for more Baroque chamber music.

Sunflower Music Festival II Feb 1

Samuel Barber’s stirring Adagio for Strings opens this concert by the Sunflower Chamber Orchestra 2017. Hear their lush version of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, too. Plus a chamber music performance by Sunflower Music Festival soloists in the Quintet for Harp and Strings featuring harpist Rita Constanzi.

Here's the full 2018 schedule for Classics Live:

Puerto Rico, Jan 4
Sullivan Gray Sommer, Jan 11
Sunflower I, Jan 18
Baroque Lairds, Jan 25
Sunflower 2, Feb 1
Aber Egger, Feb 8
Lyric Opera Love Songs, Feb 15
Sunflower 3, Feb 22
Cong Cong Chai, Mar 1
Sunflower 4, Mar 8
Susan Matthews, Mar 15
Sunflower 5, Mar 22
Antonio Chen Guang, Mar 29


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