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A tribute to Ukraine

"Plan for a City Gate in Kiev" by artist Viktor Hartmann
Viktor Hartmann
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"Plan for a City Gate in Kiev" by artist Viktor Hartmann

In light of recent events, Classical KC invites you to experience a Kansas City Symphony performance of Modest Mussorgsky's "The Great Gate of Kiev" as arranged by Maurice Ravel. Dan Margolies and symphony Music Director Michael Stern put the work in historical, musical and human context.

Russia's monstrous, unprovoked attack on Ukraine, a fledgling democracy whose people have demonstrated extraordinary courage and resolve in the face of unspeakable horror, moved us at Classical KC to do something, however small, to show our solidarity with that besieged nation.

We invite you to listen to a Kansas City Symphony performance of "The Great Gate Kiev" — the best-known section of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" — not just because it refers to the capital of Ukraine and one of Eastern Europe's oldest cities, but because its ringing and resplendent chorale reminds us that inspiration and hope are to be found even in a world plunged into darkness.

Performance Details:

"Pictures at an Exhibition - The Great Gate of Kiev"
by Modest Mussorgsky, arr. by Maurice Ravel
Michael Stern and The Kansas City Symphony
Live performance in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, January 2019

Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at
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