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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Sunflower Music Festival VI—Mar 3 2022
Helping to acknowledge March as Womens’ History Month, Classics Live is featuring five Thursday nights this month as concerts with music written by and played by women. We’ll start with the next to last night from the 2021 Sunflower Music Festival. Three chamber pieces by Amy Beach, Louise-Marie Simon, and Caroline Shaw.
Sunflower Music Festival VII—Mar 10 2022
The 2021 Year of the Woman Sunflower Music Festival wraps up with a new piece by Libby Larsen called The Supreme Four, honoring the women who have served on the Supreme Court. Narrated by our own Kansas Governor, Laura Kelley. Plus the Beethoven Triple Concerto and Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.
Sunflower Music Festival I—Mar 17 2022
Back to the opening night of the 2021 Festival that opens with Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman. Also Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with soloist Cynthia Raim, all conducted by Grammy-award winning conductor of the Buffalo Symphony, JoAnn Falletta.
Sunflower Music Festival III—Mar 24 2022
Composers Fanny Mendelssohn, Ina Boyle, Louise Farrenc and Marion Mozetich make this an incredible concert conducted by JoAnn Falletta and featuring Festival harpists Rita Costanzi and Erin Wood.
Sunflower Music Festival V—Mar 31 2022
Chamber music by Grieg, Franck and Moskowski featuring female soloists from the Festival orchestra.
The Brookside Quartet—Apr 7 2022
Kansas City’s long-standing string quartet, made up of four Kansas City Symphony string players, not only provides a tuneful and melodic program but injects lots of interesting facts about the pieces and the composers, too.
The Manhattan Trio—Apr 14 2022
If you haven’t heard the amazing piano professor from K-State Slavomir Dobrzanski play yet, this is your chance. Joining equally amazing musicians Sunnat Ibragimov and Mandy Wang, they call themselves the Manhattan Trio. They’ll play Ingrid Stolzel’s stunning The Road is All from 2007. Plus piano trios by Haydn and Mendelssohn.
The Pherigos—Apr 21 2022
Robert and Lyra Pherigo of Kansas City can do anything musical, it seems. They both sing and they are both excellent instrumentalists!
Zsolt Eder, violin—Apr 28 2022
This fine Kansas City violinist is usually heard playing with the Opus 76 Quartet. This Great Spaces concert from Grace Cathedral in Topeka will show off what a great soloist he is.
Li and Sommer—May 5 2022
Finally, some saxophone! There are great symphonic parts written occasionally for the sax, but join us for this saxophone accompanied by piano recital from the Ruel Joyce Series. The three composers are Ryo Noda, Ingolf Dahl, and Alfred Desenclos with alto saxophonist Lingxiao Li and pianist Ellen Sommer.
1 + 1—May 12 2022
This Great Spaces concert from Topeka’s Grace Cathedral features Sunnat Ibragimov, cellist, with violinist Mandy Wang. After Sunnat opens with a Bach Cello Suite, it’s on to Haydn, Gliere and Beethoven.
The Opus 76 Quartet—May 19 2022
Two pieces played by composers dear to the collective heart of Kansas City’s Opus 76 Quartet, Mozart and Beethoven, from a Ruel Joyce Recital.
Marimba Concert—May 26 2022
How can we resist a Ruel Joyce Recital called Marimba and More? Mark Lowry is featured playing a fun program of Scott Jopin, Bach, Casey Cangelosi, and a Mexican Dance by Gordon Stout.
Avila and Gonzales—June 2 2022
Guitar and piano can sound fantastic together when done the right way. That’s definitely the case here with classical guitarist Aleia Gonzalez, and pianist Alejandro Avila. This Ruel Joyce Recital combines music from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil in a fascinating program called A South American Journey.
- Thursday 7-8pm