KBAQ Heart of the Arts

Music lovers, rejoice! A new choir has recently emerged on the Valley art scene: Inspirare Nova. The sixteen-voice choir is "dedicated to creating original choral works and presenting them in a visually engaging concert format. " Co-founding member and composer Tom Peterson, shares a few thoughts with K-Bach's Jane Hilton.
Soprano Renée Fleming made her very first appearance here in the Valley Wednesday at the Mesa Arts Center. A recital of works from “off the beaten path”—music by Cantaloube, Mozart, Strauss and Delibes. The program, "Guilty Pleasures" is also the title of the recording she released last fall. K-Bach's Sterling Beeaff catches up with the opera star.
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Lots of concerts this weekend, including a special program presented by The Sonoran Desert Chorale: The Requiem for the Fallen---a concert honoring the heroes of this nation who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in service to our country. The concerts are a prelude to the Sonoran Desert Chorale’s European tour this June, where they perform in Normandy as part of the official 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
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Two fantastic musicians dropped by K-BACH studios this week: New York City based Violin & Piano comedy team Igudesman & Joo. The duo performs Wednesday, April 30, 7:30pm at the Mesa Arts Center. Believe us- they had staff in stitches, with their special brand of "Mozart hijacked by Monty Python" sense of humour!
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Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil
The Phoenix Chorale has announced that Chandos will be releasing their recording of Rachmaninoff's "Vespers" next year - a CD they'll be making with the Kansas City Chorale. Performing the work this weekend and recording in a couple of weeks, Music Director Charles Bruffy spoke with our Sterling Beeaff about recording a piece that has great meaning for him.
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