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A New World And A New Era

Joe LeFevre in Helzberg Hall
Suzanne Frisse
Joe LeFevre in Helzberg Hall

Principal tuba Joe LeFevre joins hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a program of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Kernis and Dvořák. Joe describes the excitement of his debut with the orchestra and how much he enjoys playing Dvořák's "New World Symphony," even though he only plays a total of fourteen notes.

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Michael Stern, conductor
Dan Margolies


Cuban Overture
by George Gershwin
Live performance, February 2019

Symphonic Dances
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Live performance, September 2018

New Era Dance
by Aaron Jay Kernis
Live performance, September 2018

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95
by Antonín Dvořák
Live performance, February 2019

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Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at