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Classics Live

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.

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Upcoming shows:

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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