Wednesday at 9:00 pm
The Classical Challenge
For the first time KKFI offers you two hours of classical chamber music. The entire history — from the Renaissance to contemporary- – will be covered, featuring the most popular chamber pieces, as well as more obscure works. Dr. Mike Pettengell will welcome guests from community groups, and information about local concerts will be featured each week in this, Kansas City’s only local, live classical program on the FM dial!
Classical Pieces We Avoid and Why…but are We Right? January 10, 2018 | 9:00 pm
For Wednesday, January 10, from 9-11:30pm CT or streaming at kkfi.org, The Classical Challenge presents "Classical Pieces We Avoid and Why...but are We Right?"
We'll hear a piece you may be avoiding because of suspicion regarding its popularity. After all, classical music is for the elite, right? So if high school Latin students think a piece of music is great make-out music, there must be something wrong with it.
We'll hear an equally popular piece you may be avoiding because of overexposure. Familiarity breeds contempt, right? Why resurrect a tired old warhorse? (Well, maybe because you could get nominated for Best Picture and countless other awards. But that's another story.)
Finally, we'll hear a piece you may be afraid of or intimidated by. People say it's a hard listen, so why even go there? So many other things to listen to. But what if they're wrong?
Nayhun Kim December 7, 2016 | 9:00 pm
Tonight on the Classical Challenge we welcome composer and educator Nayhun Kim. We will discuss her work as well as what has led her to become a composer. Also, we will listen to several of her compositions that will listeners will find very interesting.
Remembering Bruce Prince-Joseph (1926-2015) July 15, 2015 | 9:00 pm
The late Bruce Prince-Joseph’s world-renowned music was at the heart of his spirit and generosity. His performances with conductors and composers including Ansermet, Bernstein, Bohm, Boulez, Cantelli, Copland, Fiedler, Hindemith, Kostelanetz, Krips, Kubelik, Maazel, Menuhin, Metropoulos, Monteux, Oistrakh, Previtali, Sargent, Schippers, Shaw, Solti, Steinberg, Stokowski, Stravinsky, Szell, Wallenstein and Bruno Walter established him as a world-class artistic force. Our Chamber Music remembrance focuses on Bruce’s 1990’s experiments with Kansas City’s newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, of which he was a founding member.