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.
Listen to performances of "The Oak," a piece by Florence Price that was only recently discovered, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, one of the 20th century's towering choral masterpieces.
Peter Phillips, the founder and director of the famed Tallis Scholars, joins Classical KC for a program highlighting the English vocal group's award winning career. We'll find out more about their Kansas City performance, explore their catalog, including a selection of music for the Christmas feast season, and learn how they plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Michael Stern and Dan Margolies celebrate the November birthdays of Paul Hindemith and Benjamin Britten. We'll hear three works from Britten including the ever popular "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," as well as Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis" and "Les preludes" by Franz Liszt.
The painterly, the perfumed and the patriotic: Music by Paul Hindemith, Manuel de Falla and Aaron CoplandCo-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies explore the music and motivation of three distinct musical voices of the 20th century. We'll hear live Kansas City Symphony performances of Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler," Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain," and Aaron Copland's "Symphony No. 3" which incorporates his "Fanfare for the Common Man." We'll also hear Paul Hindemith's "Ragtime," which is his fun riff on themes by Johann Sebastian Bach.