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. Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Sunflower Music Festival Opening Night — Jan 25
Classics Live 172: Festival favorite David Allen Wehr is featured in Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto with the Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. Conducted by Andre Raphel, we’ll also hear Black composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, plus Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.
The Manhattan Trio — Feb 1
Classics Live 173: This Polsky Theater concert from Kansas City’s Midwest Trust Center features The Manhattan Trio. Join us for piano trios by Haydn and Mendelssohn, plus beckoning music from 2007 by Ingrid Stolzel called The Road is All.
Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Music Night — Feb 8
Classics Live 174: Topeka’s White Concert Hall rings with three lovely selections for solo oboe and harp together. Jessie Montgomery’s new piece Strum, Dvorak’s American String Quartet and more.
Flauta Andina — Feb 15
Classics Live 175: KU’s Flute Professor Daniel Velasco grew up at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Quito, Ecuador. In this Ruel Joyce Recital, Dr Velasco plays from his new album Flauta Andina which features classical music from the Andes region colored beautifully with folk tunes and rhythms.
Sunflower Music Festival Chamber Music Night — Feb 22
Classics Live 176: One of the best known musical figures of the late 18th century in Paris was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. A bi-racial Creole free man of color, he was a violinist, composer, conductor and excellent in the sport of fencing. Listen for his 6th String Quartet, along with music by Prokofiev and Mozart.
Sascha Groschang and Lamar Sims — Feb 29
Classics Live 177: Cello and piano tunes by St-Saens, Poulenc and Boulanger grace this Ruel Joyce Recital with two of Kansas City’s most-requested musicians. Their special encore is also by St-Saens, a rippling, shimmering and nostalgic performance of The Swan.
Sean Chen's Polsky Theater performance of Messiaen, Rachmaninoff and more.
Beginning with an oboe and harp version of the slow movement from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
KPR's recording engineer Chuck Smith caught this Ruel Joyce Recital at JCCC
Soprano Victoria Botero, Stephanie Hunt viola da gamba, and founder Jeffrey Noonan vihuela and Renaissance guitar.
Classics Live 185: Dr Slawomir Dobrzanski's Midwest Trust Center recital of Bach, Mozart, and ChopinIncluding a special Chopin encore.
From the summer of 2022, Sunflower Music Festival Concertmaster Jessie Thompson opens this chamber music night with Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Our sound engineer Chuck Smith caught their Ruel Joyce Recital of Shostakovich and Borodin.
This flute and piano duo with cellist Sally Dorer bring you Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, op 17.
Pianist Dan Velicer, clarinetist Elena Lence Talley, and soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson with a Ruel Joyce recital of Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson set to music. Plus Bryan J Nelson's ode to Kansas, called Windswept Glory.
3 Spirituals for Orchestra by Adolphus Hailstork. Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra by George Walker. Starburst by Jessie Montgomery. William Grant Still's "Afro-American" Symphony No 1.