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Kansas City Local Feature
Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

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

  • Guest host Dan Margolies speaks with the Lyric Arts Trio about commissioning new work, taking their music to smaller underserved communities and the group's musical and personal bonds. We'll hear performances of works by local composers Jean Belmont Ford, Ian Coleman and Robert Pherigo.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Classical KC speaks with Emily Marrin and Uli Schneider from The Kansas City Women's Chorus about the group's origins, performances, and how they fight for equality and social justice through art and action.
  • Get to know The Kansas City Wind Symphony as Classical KC speaks with Conductor Langston Hemenway and Associate Conductor Pat Setser. We'll hear performances of Leonard Bernstein, David Maslanka, Claude T. Smith, Anthony Maglione and more.
  • KC VITAS is a local "project based" vocal ensemble dedicated to expanding what is possible for a choir and the human voice. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director Jackson Thomas, as well as performer, and composer-in-residence Leslee Wood. We'll hear a diverse selection of modern vocal works.
  • Classical KC speaks with the director of The Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble, Kevin Clarke, plus two talented young members of the group. We'll hear performances of eclectic music that explores the large world of percussive sound.
  • We are proud to once again share a recent Harriman-Jewell Series Livestream Discovery Concert. This time, we’ll hear a performance by pianist Zhu Wang, winner of the 2020 Harriman-Jewell Series prize, as well as First Prize in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
  • Allegro Choirs of Kansas City has been helping young singers grow as musicians and people for over 20 years. Founder and Director Christy Elsner and graduating senior Lexi Dixon share music and stories with Classical KC, such as a humorous and emotional 2012 performance at the White House. We'll hear a wide range of music, including part of a performance with The Kanas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."
  • The William Baker Festival Singers are so much more than just a choir. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director William Baker, as well as Executive Associate Music Director Jamea Sale about the group, The Choral Foundation, healthy singing, and more. We'll hear music from their composer in residence program, as well as Byron Smith, Lars Magnus Been, Waldemar Ahlen and others.