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Classical Music in the Morning

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Upcoming Shows

Christina Webster + Tabitha Steiner - April 6

Few combinations are as musically lovely as flute and harp. Christina and Tabitha bring us four pieces by Bach, Donizetti, Johann Krumpholtz and Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht.

Jonathan Ray and Friends - April 13

Fascinating minimalist music from Philip Glass. Songs from Liquid Days is a 1986 song cycle with texts provided by Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Laurie Anderson. Join these six classical singers for Liquid Days.

Daniel Yung + Alex Li - April 20

Cellist Daniel Yung plays exciting chamber music of Louise Farrenc, Nadia Boulenger, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Astor Piazzola with pianist Alex Li.

Tesla Quartet + Alex Fiterstein - April 27

When clarinetist Alex Fiterstein joined the Tesla String Quartet onstage at the Lied Center of Kansas, what else could they play but perhaps the best composition for clarinet quintet – Mozart’s. After that you’ll hear Gerald Finzi’s Bagatelles and two modern pieces by John Corigliano and Carolina Heredia.

About the Host: Cordelia Brown

Cordelia and music are long-entwined. Her dad was a jazz fanatic and her mom was especially keen on 20th century opera. Cordelia chose violin and piano as the first things she could do well that also interested her, after reading or being outside.

Aside from music teaching, directing and accompanying at Bishop Seabury Academy, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Eudora High School and various Johnson County music stores, Cordelia has always been in radio. She started programming and announcing classical music at age 18 when Radio Kansas in Hutchinson first went on the air in 1979.

She hosted KANU’s  Music by Candlelight in the early 1980s before she left for classical KXTR-FM in Kansas City and later WITF TV/FM in Harrisburg, Penn. She returned to KANU in 1991 and has been here for most of that time since.

“Every good piece of classical music tells a story. I hope I can help KPR listeners find those stories or meanings within the pieces, which can vary so much depending on the person, the hearing or the performance. And above all, classical music is for everybody, regardless of how much you know or how good your stereo is. It’s just like books or movies or artwork; you just like what you like, and there’s always so much more you can discover.”