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 we'll hear major musical statements by Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dimitri Shostakovich that showcase symphonic form in full bloom. Co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies will put each work in its artistic and historical context.
This week co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies highlight works that feature multiple soloists. We'll hear music by Jennifer Higdon, Zoltán Koldáy, Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Sebastian Bach. These pieces include solo turns from members of the Kansas City Symphony, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and the chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird.
Cozy up and enjoy a Kansas City Symphony performance of Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No. 3. You'll also hear from music director Michael Stern and special guest Kelley O'Connor, the featured mezzo-soprano, on what it's like to perform such an enormous work.
This week, co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies walk listeners through a program that invokes darkness, the supernatural and the other-worldly. We'll also hear what Halloween was like for a young Michael Stern, and feature a few tricks and treats along the way.