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The String Quartets of Smetana and Dvořák

In this episode, we’ll explore the string quartets of two legendary nineteenth-century Czech composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák. We’ll hear how both composers combined Czech folk elements, autobiography, and a mainstream Viennese style to create some of the most intriguing string quartets in the repertory. This episode will feature performances of movements from Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life,” by the Shanghai Quartet and Dvořák’s autumnal String Quartet No. 13 by the Dover Quartet.

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Lessons and Carols: A Victorian Christmas Tradition

In this special episode filmed in partnership with the esteemed British-based vocal ensemble Stile Antico, we’ll discover how the service of Nine Lessons and Carols, a familiar part of the Christmas season nowadays, has its roots in Victorian England, just like so many Christmas traditions in the Western world. This episode will feature discussions with members of the group and explore some of the inner workings of the Tudor-era music that they include on their Lessons and Carols program.

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Stile Antico, scheduled for December 9, will now include an exciting partnership with the Kansas City Chorale at The Folly Theater! When our friends from Stile Antico were forced to cancel their 2021 tour, we commissioned them to record portions of the original program which will be interspersed with a LIVE PERFORMANCE by the KC Chorale.

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The Brentano Quartet, the first winners of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, have appeared multiple times on the Friends stage. We are pleased to welcome them back as they celebrate 30 years. This concert opens with Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D-Major, Op. 71, No.2, the first work Brentano performed on their first recital plus Beethoven’s Op. 135 and works by Bruce Adolphe, and Steve Mackey.

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When Garrick Ohlsson became the first American to win the International Chopin Music Competition in 1970, he made history. Since that historic victory, he has risen to prominence as one of the top pianists in the world. Garrick will be performing works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Prokofiev.

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Russian-American  pianist Vladimir Feltsman, celebrated for his powerhouse performances, will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert.

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Winners of the 2018 International Wigmore Hall String Quartet and the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, The Goldmund Quartet is a rising star in the string quartet world. Goldmund will celebrate their Kansas City premiere with works by Schubert, Dvořák, and Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 3.

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This two-day festival presents the entire Beethoven Piano Trio Cycle performed by the Morgenstern Trio. This two-day event also features several panel discussions led by Dr. William Everett and much more!

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Sergei Babayan, one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and teachers, takes the Kansas City stage with an impressive array of works, including works Schumann’s dramatic Kreisleriana, Op. 16.

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Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, has distinguished himself for his breadth of repertoire and intelligent interpretations. Blechacz will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Franck, and conclude with Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58, considered one of his most difficult works technically and musically.

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Master musicians Anne Azéma (voice) and Nigel North (lute) open their new collaboration with a program of intimate French songs spanning a century. Their lyrics celebrate, above all, love, its passions and pains. And their melodies, by turns lighthearted and wistful, go straight to the hearts of French people of all classes and stations.

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Eckart Runge, founding cellist for the Artemis Quartet, and his duo partner Jacque Ammon have been breaking down concert barriers for more than 25 years. This genre-defying concert juxtaposes Beethoven with more contemporary revolutionary icons such as Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Piazolla, Chick Corea, and more!

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Established a little over a decade ago, Ensemble Correspondances has quickly risen to prominence in the early music field, receiving numerous accolades and recording more than a dozen CDs. Their Kansas City premiere will feature the music of Charpentier, a contemporary of Jean Baptiste Lully.

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