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.
This week, hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies take a look back and a look forward with a program commemorating anniversaries — including the launch of 91.9 Classical KC a year ago. We'll hear music by Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as a performance of Chen Yi's "Fountains of KC" from the Kansas City Symphony's opening subscription concert in Helzberg Hall nearly a decade ago.
Hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies welcome renowned conductor David Zinman for a program of Bernstein, Prokofiev, Debussy and Schumann. David and Michael recount their many musical and personal connections, and David shares some humorous trash talk between two legendary figures —conductor Pierre Monteux and choreographer and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.
The former Kansas City Symphony executive director and current host of "From the Archives" on Classical KC joins Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a trip down memory lane. We'll find out what an orchestra's executive director does, how repertoire is chosen and hear fantastic performances, including one led by guest conductor Jefferey Kahane and another featuring violin soloist Gil Shaham.
This week we feature three performances by The Kansas City Symphony revealing the rich emotional depth of these pieces. We'll also hear what Michael Stern learned from an early mentor of his, Christoph von Dohnányi, a guest conductor on this week's program.