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Hong Hong Gianakon is bringing a global influence and folkloric instruments to Kansas City

Hong Hong Gianakon playing the pipa.
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Hong Hong Gianakon playing the pipa.

newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To honor this milestone, explore music from Kansas City composers — like guest Hong Hong Gianakon — in the third of a series of shows highlighting artists with local connections.

Hong Hong Gianakon - composer/musician

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

by Hong Hong Gianakon
newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble; Hong Hong Gianakon - pipa

Daaro Waari
Traditional, arr. by. Akshaya Tucker
Salistina Music Society; Saili Oak - voice

Anima Animus
by Nick Omiccioli
Juventas New Music Ensemble

Songs of Sensibility
by Leah Sproul
Ruth Carver - voice, Brendan Bondurant - guitar

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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