Welcome to Great Spaces!

This Music and Arts Series is an outreach of Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS.  Please take a moment to check out all of our upcoming concerts and Cloister Gallery events.  You can also find out how you can get more involved or become a Friend of GREAT SPACES.  With a dozen or more concerts each season and new artists featured monthly in the gallery, there is truly something for everyone.

Upcoming Concerts

The Kruse Duo

Sunday, May 11, 3 p.m.

The next Great Spaces Concert will feature the Kruse Duo on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. Penny Thompson Kruse (violin) and Steven Kruse (viola) will be joined by Ellen Bottorff (piano). Their program will feature music perfect to celebrate “Mother’s Day” and the event will conclude with Tea and Cakes in the Cathedral. A freewill offering will be received. “For more information about the Kruse Duo and records, visit their website:  http://www.kruseduo.org/live/

Romantic Music for Mother’s Day
plus Tea and Cakes

Passacaglia in G Minor for Violin and Viola, Johann Halvorsen (1864-1935)
from Suite No. 7 for Harpsichord by G. F. Handel                                                              

Dumka for Violin, Viola and Piano, Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

Montana Music: Fantasy on a Chorale Tune for Violin and Viola David Maslanka (b.1943)

Fantasy Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano, Thomas Dunhill (1887-1946)

Brave Wolfe  - “F.C.’s Jig”, Mark O’Connor (b. 1961) 

Acclaimed for their rich sound and oneness of interpretation, the Kruse Duo (Penny Thompson Kruse, violin and Steven Kruse, viola) has excited audiences on three continents over the past twenty years.  Champions of new music by American composers, the Kruses are also at home with the standard repertoire of Mozart and Handel-Halvorsen.  The Kruse Duo has appeared as soloists with numerous orchestras in the United States, Vietnam, and Romania.  They have presented recitals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Huntington Library and Museum (San Marino, CA), Washington County Museum of Arts (Maryland), at universities in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, and California, and in Vietnam, Taiwan, Germany, Romania, South Africa, and Canada.  They have also performed at various state, national, and international professional conventions, including the International Viola Congress, the American String Teachers Association, and the College Music Society.  They premiered "Jakarta" by David Snow for Violin, Viola, and Percussion Ensemble at the 37th International Viola Congress at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Recently the Kruse Duo premiered a new work by Braxton Blake at the 39th International Viola Congress in Würzburg, Germany. 


The complete 2013-14 Great Spaces schedule is here!




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