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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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Dr Robert Weirich, piano – July 18
Robert Weirich is Professor of Piano at UMKC, and he’s played all over the world in places like Beijing, New York, Tanglewood and Argentina.    KPR recorded his recent Great Spaces piano recital in Topeka’s Grace Cathedral.   Join us for his careful yet powerful craftings of Chopin’s Aeolian Harp Etude, a Mozart Rondo, and one of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas.

Tomoko Iguchi, violin – July 25
Tomoko Iguchi plays First Violin for the Kansas City Symphony.   Hear this Ruel Joyce recital where she’s joined by fellow First Violinist in a viola/violin duo of the Halvorsen/Handel Passacaglia.  Before that Tomoko opens the recital with the Preludio from the Bach E Major Partita No 3, and then treats us to the Bach Partita No 2 in D minor with its famous Chaconne at the end. 

Piano Trio Con Spirito – Aug 1
Three women with Doctorate degrees in their chosen instruments headline this Ruel Joyce Recital, as the Piano Trio Con Spirito.  Dr Yu-Fang Chen teaches violin at Washburn and UMKC.   Dr Hyerim Mapp teaches cello at Pittsburg State University, and Dr Soojin Jin teaches piano at the Piano Academy of Kansas City.  Join us for a Classics Live with chamber music by Shostakovich, Chin Ting Chan, Amelia Kaplan, and Frank Martin. 

Antonio Chen Guang, piano – Aug 8
Pianist Antonio Chen Guang played a magnificent Lied Center concert with a Chopin scherzo, and the difficult but very splashy Variations on a Theme by Handel.    His very clean and careful playing is still overwhelmingly passionate.  

Soojin Jin & So Jung Kwak, piano – Aug 15
These two women have both recently earned their doctoral degrees in piano.   Soojin Jin from the University of Kansas, and So Jung Kwak from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   Soojin Jin graces the first half of this Ruel Joyce Recital with a Scarlatti sonata, a 1970 piece by Emile Naoumoff that was inspired by Slavic folksong, and a bouquet of Chopin preludes.   Then visiting pianist So Jung Kwak plays a Bach prelude, the 1st movement from Beethoven’s last piano sonata, and part of Chopin’s Piano Sonata number 3. 


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