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Music of the plains with Forrest Pierce

Composer and poet Forrest Pierce.
Michael Kirkendoll
Composer and poet Forrest Pierce.

Honor the beauty and bounty of the Kansas plains with composer Forrest Pierce.

From waves of sweeping grasses to wildflowers as far as the eye can see, the plains of Kansas are a breath-taking and expansive landscape. This tightly woven ecosystem sustains not only agriculture, but also provides our country with renewable wind and solar power. On this week's Sound Currents, explore music inspired by the region and the industries it supports.

This week's guest is composer and poet Forrest Pierce.

Scroll to the bottom to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Forrest Pierce, composer/poet

The Kansas Rapture - IV. Wichita Vortex Sutra
by Forrest Pierce
h2 Quartet: Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, Kimberly Goddard-Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol - saxophones

Postcard Prairie
by Paul Rudy, text by Nathan Bartel
Soyoun Chun - soprano, Jim Pisano - tenor sax, Tim Shade - trombone, Karen Schlabaugh - piano

Prairie Polka
by Daniel Morel
Zoe Sorrell - flute, Allison Schafernak - clarinet, Andrew Williams - violin, Hannah Mayer - cello, Kevin Rank - percussion, Maggie Morrison - piano

by Viet Cuong
Sandbox Percussion, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

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Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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