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  • Sean Chen, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Alon Goldstein of the UMKC Conservatory visit with Angie Chan Ramirez and Classical KC.
  • Some of the greatest and most beloved music for concert band was written by British composers, and this week we showcase another batch. We have virtuoso performances of original music for concert band by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton and also by Haydn Wood and Gordon Jacob, all performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. In addition to the Marine Band’s conductors, we have guest conductors Dr. Frederick Fennell and two music directors of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Bands.
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    The Kansas City Symphony
    Perhaps it's a surprise, but the bassoon and contrabassoon play shining roles in the two piano concertos featured in this episode. We close out with Tchaikovsky's sometimes overlooked yet fantastically imaginative Symphony No. 3.
  • Scott Steele, Sharra Wagner, and Sascha Groschang of Kansas City's newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble speak with Classical KC about new music.
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    Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast
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    Martha Swope.
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    New York Public Library.
    Presenting in three different costumes, this episode features an extraordinary series of storytelling with selected works by Richard Strauss, Aaron Copland and Gustav Mahler.
  • Youth Symphony of Kansas City Artistic Director Kirt Mosier and students Shelby Holst and Charles Wolfe speak with Mike Prucha and Stephen Steigman of Classical KC.
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    Edwin Evans
    No composer wrote more effectively or beautifully for strings than Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We’ll hear his beloved Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 in a terrific recording that will be new to most of you and truly captures the spirit of the music. We also feature two other excellent Tchaikovsky string works, one of which is guaranteed to surprise you — in a good way.