The Classical Challenge on KKFI 90.1 FM

On Wed Nov 22, Sam Wisman and I guest co-hosted The Classical Challenge, the classical music show on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio.


Sam is a veteran of the radio biz, having hosted the Monday edition of Jazz Afternoon for over a decade, but it was a learning experience for me. Making the playlist was more fun and much harder than I imagined, but we had a good mix of selections and had a great time sharing a few favorites and talking about music, especially since we hadn’t listened to each other’s selections beforehand. Here’s the playlist, though I regret have no transcription of our insightful repartee:

  • Lidia Kaminska, accordion. In the Forest. Tzigane Music.
  • So Percussion. Credo in Us (Phase 1), John Cage. Cage 100 Bootleg Series, Cantaloupe Records.
  • Margaret Leng Tan, piano. In a Landscape, John Cage. Daughters of the Lonesome Isle, New Albion Records.
  • New Trombone Collective. First Trombone Quartet, Saskia Apon. Collective, Etcetera.
  • Brad Cox and friends. Hong Kong Audio Diary, Brad Cox. Owen/Cox Dance Group Sampler, Tzigane Music.
  • R. Andrew Lee, piano. Soundings for a New Piano (6, 7, 8), Ann Southam. Soundings for a New Piano, Irritable Hedgehog.
  • Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Herbert von Karajan. Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable,” Carl Nielsen. Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Songs for Nobody, Kate Soper. Hushers, New Focus Recordings.
  • Kreutzer Quartet. String Quartet No. 1 “The Protestation Quartet,” Gloria Coates. String Quartets Nos. 1, 5, and 6, Naxos.
  • Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends. Violin Sonata, Mvt 2 “Blue” with “If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox,” Maurice Ravel, James Thurber. New Worlds, Decca Gold.

Learn more about The Classical Challenge and listen in every Wednesday for 9-11:30 p.m. with regular hosts Dr. Mike and Mark Andruss.

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