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Michael KirkendollMichael Kirkendoll and the Cortona Collective

February 6  |  7:30pm
$20 adults
$15 seniors
$5 students

Contemporary classical music by living composers performed by world famous musicians. The group includes KU professor of piano, Michael Kirkendoll, his wife, flutist Mary Fukushima, and other faculty members from the prestigious Cortona Sessions group in Italy, a festival of music composition.


Dahlia Trio with guest guitarist Sean Mawhirter

April 19 | 3pm
$12 adults
$10 seniors
$8 students

Pianist Laura Hrivnak, violinist Kelly Bohling and Cellist Ellen Lind perform classical to contemporary work from Beethoven’s “Archduke” piano trio, to Clara Schumann, to Tedesco’s Fantasia for Guitar and Piano arranged for this quartet and a new trio by Ryan Woodhouse.  All seasoned area symphonic performers and teachers (200+ students between them), this unique Lawrence trio plus guitar is a must-see, must-hear.

Too Much, Too Early: Composers who left us in their 30s
Hugo Vera, tenor  |   Kyle Naig, piano

May 8 | 7:30 PM
$30 adults
$25 seniors
$20 students

If rock stars die young, does it follow that classical composers live long and prosper? Though it takes a while to master the techniques of writing classical music, many great classical works were written by people in their twenties and thirties who met untimely deaths. This recital celebrates the work of composers who left this earth too early including Henry Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, and George Gershwin.