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Honor And Celebration

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The Kansas City Symphony
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The stage and crowd at "Celebration at the Station."

This week features highlights from two recent Memorial Day concerts by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station. The concerts feature fanfares, patriotic marches, a sing-a-long, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, fireworks and a rendition of "Amazing Grace" sung by former Kansas City Mayor Sly James. We’ll also hear powerful remembrances honoring members of the Armed Services from Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern and Jim Birdsall.

An agreement with the Kansas City Symphony allows us to share audio for this program up to four weeks after the program's original air date. You can listen to currently available episodes here.

Hosts

Dan Margolies

Featured Speakers

Michael Stern, conductor
Jim Birdsall, narrator

Program

Heroic Fanfare
by Paul Murtha

Star Spangled Banner
Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, soloist

"Guadalcanal March" from Victory at Sea
by Richard Rogers

Three Dance Episodes from "On The Town"
by Leonard Bernstein

Gardens of Stone
by James A. Beckel Jr.
Jim Birdsall, narrator

Sing-Along, America!
Various arr. by James Stephenson
Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, soloist

God Be With Our Boys Tonight
by Wifrid Sanderson and Fred G. Bowles
John Brancy, baritone

Theme from "To Kill A Mockingbird"
by Elmer Bernstein
Jim Birdsall, narrator

Summon the Heroes
by John Williams

Armed Forces Salute

Taps
Staff Sergeant Matthew Kirkpatrick, trumpet

Danny Boy
Trad. arr. By Peter Dugan
John Brancy, baritone

Amazing Grace
by John Newton arr. by Don Hart
Sly James, soloist

Heroes Lost
by Don Hart

Liberty Fanfare
by John Williams

Midway March
by John Williams

The Thunderer March
by John Philip Sousa

God Bless America
by Irving Berlin arr. by Carmen Dragon
Airman First Class Melissa Edgmon, soloist

1812 Overture Solennelle, op. 49
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Stars and Stripes Forever
by John Philip Sousa

Fireworks and recorded medley

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