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!

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The Classical Challenge presents A Piano Recital March 7, 2018 | 9:00 pm

For Wednesday, March 7, from 9:00-11:30pm CST on KKFI, 90.1 FM or streaming at www.kkfi.org, The Classical Challenge presents A Piano Recital.


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The Future of Classical Music February 28, 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Classical Challenge presents The Future of Classical Music: Tonia Ko, Andrea Tarrodi, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir (the photo is of Tonia Ko)


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Early Clarinet Evergreens February 21, 2018 | 9:00 pm

Early Clarinet Evergreens


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The Classical Challenge presents Ragtime and More February 14, 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Classical Challenge presents Ragtime and More


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The Classical Challenge presents 2018 Classical Grammy Winners February 7, 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Classical Challenge presents 2018 Classical Grammy Winners


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The Classical Challenge for Wednesday January 31 9:00-11:30pm January 31, 2018 | 9:00 pm

For Wednesday, January 31, on KKFI 90.1FM Kansas City or streaming on www.kkfi.org, 9:00-11:30pm, More Youngsters and a New Shostakovich 5th Live Recording (which just won several Grammys).


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The Classical Challenge presents a Modern Miscellany January 24, 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Classical Challenge presents a Modern Miscellany


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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?


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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.


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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.


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Dr. Mike has been on the radio for roughly 19 years, with very little pay to show for it. He is a fan of 'pure' music in all its forms, whether it be jazz, old-timey, world, country, or classical.


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