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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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    Eric T Williams
    Co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies delve into a diverse program beginning with the tragically short life and beautiful music of Lili Boulanger. We'll also hear a chamber work from Astor Piazzolla, concertos from Alexandre Guilmant and Frédéric Chopin, and the world premiere of a violin concerto by Chris Rogerson.
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    Todd Rosenberg
    Celebrate the changing seasons with Kansas City Symphony performances of orchestral favorites including Bach's "Air on the G String" and "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3." We'll also hear Yo-Yo Ma as soloist on Haydn's "Concerto in D Major" and guest conductor Ludovic Morlot leads the orchestra through Beethoven's bucolic "Symphony No. 6."
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    Eric T. Williams
    Famed mezzo-soprano and Kansas native Joyce DiDonato joins co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a look back at some of her favorite performances with the Kansas City Symphony. We'll hear her perform music by Rossini, Berlioz, Ravel, Jake Heggie and Leonard Bernstein. Hear Joyce open up about what it means to perform in Kansas City, and Michael shares what he thinks Leonard Bernstein would say about Joyce's performance of his work.
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    Eric T Williams
    This week, hear more recent Kansas City Symphony performances including world premieres by Joel Thompson and Stuart Murray Turnbull, and a co-commission from Jessie Montgomery. We'll also hear Steven Stucky's "Second Concerto for Orchestra," Dvořák's "Othello Overture" and Handel's "Zadok the Priest."