Jan. 29, 2004

Contact: Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016.

Kansas Public Radio at KU announces February broadcast highlights

LAWRENCE -- Highlights of Kansas Public Radio's special programming in February run from Broadway classics to Valentine's Day love songs to cowboy music.

The month starts out with a trip down memory lane. George Harter's weekly radio show of Broadway and film music takes listeners out for "A Night on the Town." Now, he'll take listeners out for a night "On the Town." Harter produced a re-creation of the musical "On The Town" in the studios of Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas. The show will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.

The original show, with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Adolph Comden and Betty Green, premiered on Broadway in 1944. It is the story of three sailors with 24-hour passes trying to take in as much of New York City as they can. Along the way, they fall in love, see the city's legendary sights and visit some of Gotham's famous nightclubs. Notable songs from the show include "New York, New York," "Come Up to My Place," "Some Other Time" and "I Can Cook Too."

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Kansas Public Radio's weekly showcase of jazz spotlighting local musicians will record two hours of Valentine's Day songs and stories, poetry and prose for broadcast from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, on "The Jazz Scene with David Basse."

Among the jazz masters will be poet Dan Jaffe, whose poem "When You Let Love Loose" will be performed by Basse and Pam Watson. Being a lifelong jazz buff, he has written many poems, essays and plays with a jazz theme. In the 1960s, he worked for several years with poet Langston Hughes. Eldar Djangirov (pronounced EL-dhar jahn-GEER-off), a marvelously talented 16-year-old jazz pianist, also will play on the Valentine's Day show.

Performers on KPR's "Trail Mix" will take the stage Feb. 10. Host Bob McWilliams will present music by Judy Coder and Pride of the Prairie and by the Faris Family. The performances will be broadcast during "Trail Mix" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15.

Coder's band has been named Western Music Association champion in harmony singing. Coder is a Western Music Association international yodeling champion and Patsy Montana national yodeling champion. The band sings cowboy songs and other songs of the Western frontier.

The Faris Family bluegrass band, begun by Bob and Michelle Faris when their boys still were quite small, has become a national touring band, winning a strong reputation for traditional bluegrass. They've won awards as best traditional bluegrass band and vocal group of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. Bob Faris is no stranger to Nashville, having been in demand as a sideman and session artist there for many years, where he was Reba McIntyre's regular fiddle player.

The two bands will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at Liberty Hall.

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