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Steve Lewis and the Midwest Chamber Ensemble


Kansas City Ballet Music Director Ramona Pansegrau

Carmina Burana!  Petal and Tulips and Lobster!   It's a triple-bill for the Kansas City Ballet's October 11-20th run at the Kaufmann Center.  Hear their Conductor and Music Director Ramona Pansegrau talk about these three fascinating productions that are not to be missed.  

Alexander Tutunov live on Kansas Public Radio October 4, 2019

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent.” Before he soloed with the Topeka Symphony Saturday night October 5, he and conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett came to the KPR studios to show off some Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Bach. 

Michael Christie conducts KC's Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart's farce with a heart is conducted by Michael Christie at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City from September 21-29. Michael Keelan talked with him about specifics of the production. (photo of production as used by New Orleans Opera)

Opus 76 String Quartet live at Kansas Public Radio August 27, 2019

The Opus 76 quartet came by the studio to preview their concert for Saturday, Aug. 31 at Old Mission United Methodist Church. It includes Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet and (played here) Beethoven's "Harp" quartet. Michael Keelan talked with manager and musician Keith Stanfield.

Heartland Chamber Music Festival Orchestra and Scholars live at Kansas Public Radio August 1, 2019

Heartland Chamber Music brought the Camerata Orchestra, as well as two Festival Scholar quartets to play in the studio. Michael Keelan talked with executive director Vicki Olson.  

Karina Gauvin takes on a new operatic style

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is known for her large discography of Baroque opera, but her new recording is a more dramatic title role in Olimpie, the grand opera by Spontini. Michael Keelan talked with her about the rarely heard music.

Augustin Hadelich plays Brahms and Ligeti concertos

Violinist Augustin Hadelich has paired a warhorse, the Brahms violin concerto, with the fiendishly difficult concerto by the avant-garde master Ligeti. Michael Keelan talked with him about the contrasting challenges.

Anna Shelest on female pianist-composers

Ukrainian pianist Anna Shelest has recorded a recital titled Donna Voce of the most famous 19th-20th century female pianist composers, with one present-day work for good measure. Michael Keelan talked with her about the different roles each figure had in the musical life of her time.

Jean-Philippe Sylvestre plays chamber music by Mathieu

Canadian pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre has recorded the chamber music of André Mathieu (1929-68) on a new album with string players. Sylvestre talked from Montreal with Michael Keelan about the composer's meteoric and tragic career. Michael Keelan at the André Mathieu memorial in Montreal


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