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The Kansas City Symphony
Thursdays, 8 - 10 p.m., Sundays, 4 - 6 p.m.

91.9 Classical KC brings you magnificent performances by the Kansas City Symphony, interspersed with insightful commentary and conversation between co-hosts Dan Margolies and Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern. Each week, Maestro Stern selects the episode's musical repertoire and invites a guest from the orchestra to discuss their performance with the KCS and the week’s pieces.

Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern.

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  • Pianist Wei Luo performs with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, February 2017
    Eric T. Williams
    Celebrate the birthday of Sergei Prokofiev by listening to the Kansas City Symphony perform three of his works: the invigorating suite from "Love of Three Oranges," his third piano concerto and an epic cantata comprised of music from his score to the Sergei Eisenstein film "Alexander Nevsky." We'll also hear Beethoven's portentous tone poem "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage."
  • Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli and pianist Conrad Tao take a bow with the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, April 2022
    Eric T. Williams
    This week, hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies explore a wonderful variety of works. We'll hear an organ concerto by Handel featuring Jan Kraybill, Adolphus Hailstork's 'Baroque Suite,' alongside works by Ferruccio Busoni and David Diamond. On top of all that great music, we'll hear a recent performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's fourth piano concerto featuring pianist Conrad Tao.
  • Mezzo-soprano Kelly O'Connor performs with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, May 2019
    Eric T. Williams
    This week we'll hear Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in C minor as arranged by Edward Elgar. The rest of the program is Gustav Mahler's gargantuan Symphony No. 2, known as "The Resurrection." Mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor shares what excites and scares her about performing the work. And as always, co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies offer insightful background on each composer and composition.
  • A standing ovation for pianist Alon Goldstein, Michael Stern and The Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, January 2019.
    Eric T. Williams
    Celebrate the 292nd birthday of Franz Joseph Haydn by hearing the Kansas City Symphony perform three of the prolific composer's works. We'll also hear Nikolai Rimsky-Korsokov's rousing "Russian Easter Festival Overture" and the first of Sergei Rachmaninoff's four genre-defining piano concertos.