© 2021 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Kansas City Local Feature
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Join Classical KC each weekend as we feature Kansas City musicians and ensembles.

  • Les invitamos a celebrar el día de la independencia de México con Classical KC, el consulado de México, y nuestro anfitrión invitado Leo Prieto. Aprenderemos sobre las tradiciones de los días festivos, estilos regionales de música mexicana, y escucharemos composiciones de Blas Dimas Galindo, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez, Pablo Garcia José Moncayo, y Arturo Márquez.
  • We invite you to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Classical KC, the Consulado de México en Kansas City, and guest host Leo Prieto. We'll learn about holiday traditions, regional styles of Mexican music, and hear compositions by Blas Dimas Galindo, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez, Pablo Garcia José Moncayo, and Arturo Márquez.
  • Classical KC speaks with Matt Levy and Zach Shemon of the Grammy Award-winning Prism Quartet on this week's Local Feature. We'll find out how a gig with Prism set Shemon on the road towards teaching at the UMKC Conservatory, plus we'll hear the ensemble perform music by Jennifer Higdon, Chen Yi, Libby Larsen and more.
  • On this special Labor Day episode of the Kansas City Local Feature, we’re introducing Classical KC's newest on-air voice and digital audience specialist, Brooke Knoll, to the airwaves. She has curated a playlist that highlights themes such as class solidarity, women’s rights, unionization and labor protests.
  • Classical KC speaks with composer Ian Coleman and poet Ruth Williams about collaboration, overcoming artistic challenges, and the similarities between writing poetry and composing music. We'll also hear a variety of music composed by Coleman.
  • Classical KC welcomes Shawn Cullen and Steve Dodge from the Heartland Men's Chorus to talk about the group's over 35 year history of music making and social justice work. We'll hear a diverse selection of music ranging from somber to laugh-out-loud funny.
  • Host Dan Margolies speaks with three members of Ensemble Iberica about bringing music and artists from all over the world to Kansas City to perform folkloric music and collaborate with local musicians. We'll hear a wide range of music from Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Turkey.
  • Classical KC speaks with composer, conductor and pianist Isaac Cates about his growing influence in the world of choral music. We'll feature a selection of music showcasing his unique blend of sacred and secular choral sounds with modern gospel and other musical genres.
  • Dan Margolies speaks with Scott Steele, executive director of the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, about their composition contest. Joining Scott are two of the contest winners, Akshaya Avril Tucker and Ben Stevenson. We'll hear their music as well as music by local high school student Andrew Schnake, one of the winners in the student division.
  • Cellist, composer and singer Helen Gillet speaks with Classical KC about her classical influences and training, composing through improvisation, and developing her unique electrified sound. We'll hear her original music as well as a life-changing performance of a Shostakovich string quartet.