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.
Special guest Elena Lence Talley, Principal Music Librarian with the Kansas City Symphony, offers her unique perspective on some of her favorite works and also shares what elements of her job keep her up at night. We'll hear performances of Brahms, Stravinsky and Mozart featuring piano soloist Emanuel Ax.
Organist Jan Kraybill selects works that showcase the organ in different roles, including music by Saint-Saëns, Gounod and Guilmant. We'll also be joined by Josh Jones, principal percussionist with the Kansas City Symphony, who will play Vivaldi on marimba with Jan on harpsichord. Plus, we'll hear Yo-Yo Ma in "Three Meditations" from Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
This week, we'll hear "incomplete" masterpieces and a living, breathing modern work: Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and excerpts from Michael Gandolfi's musical trek through "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation."
The viola takes center stage this week as Kansas City Symphony violist Jenifer Houck shares her perspectives on Mozart and Wagner. Plus guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto leads Prokofiev's 5th Symphony and Pinchas Zukerman makes the viola sing as soloist and conductor for Hindemith's Trauermusik.