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91.9 Classical KC brings you magnificent performances by the Kansas City Symphony, with insightful commentary and conversation between co-hosts Dan Margolies and Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern.
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    Andy Schwartz
    Conductor Chris Kelts and timpanist Bryan Busby join Classical KC for a conversation full of laughs and a shared love for The Kansas City Civic Orchestra. We'll hear how Bryan Busby balances his life as a meteorologist and musician and about some memorable performances with his fellow Civic Orchestra members. We'll also hear music from Paul Dukas and Nikolai Rimsky-Kosakov.
  • The great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák redefined music of his native land and shared its indigenous rhythms and colors with the world. We’ll hear two contrasting works – his buoyant Serenade for Winds Op. 44 in a spectacular live recording, and his melodramatic tone poem “The Golden Spinning Wheel” based on a folk tale that must be heard to be believed.
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    Sangwook Lee
    Hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies welcome violinist Stefan Jackiw for a program of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Korngold. Plus, Classical KC puts you back in the concert hall with not one but two surprise encores from Stefan.
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    Cory Weaver
    Lyric Opera of Kansas City
    As Kansas City emerges from the pandemic, live music and performances are making their long-awaited return to the big stage.
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    Andy Schwartz / Veritography
    After summer was (mostly) canceled last year, Summerfest returns with chamber music performances by some of the best local and national musicians. Classical KC speaks with Summerfest artistic advisors and musicians Michael Gordon and Jane Carl about the group's history, mission, and future plans. We'll hear music from composers David Baker, Richard Lavenda and Ottorino Respighi.
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    Moritz Näher / Atelier Nadar
    This week we'll hear a performance of Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No. 7, plus a colorful orchestration of Debussy's En blanc et noir with guest conductor Jun Märkl. Hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies will enlighten each piece with historical context and musical connections.
  • After a two-year absence from the Kansas countryside, the symphony is set to perform near Council Grove.
  • We have two very different symphonies this week: an Italian gem from 1800 by cello prodigy Luigi Boccherini and a powerful 21st century portrait by American composer Jonathan Leshnoff of the chaos and homesickness of American soldiers in World War I. Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 3 incorporates texts from solders’ letters to tell the story of the great war’s impact on their lives.