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Joy And Pain With Rouse, Tchaikovsky And Strauss

Composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and Christopher Rouse
Edwin Evans/Jeffery Herman
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Christopher Rouse

This week we feature three performances by The Kansas City Symphony revealing the rich emotional depth of these pieces. We'll also hear what Michael Stern learned from an early mentor of his, Christoph von Dohnányi, a guest conductor on this week's program.

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.


Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live performance, March 2012
Christoph von Dohnanyi, guest conductor

Odna Zhizn
by Christopher Rouse
Live performance, September 2017

Ein Heldenleben Op. 40
by Richard Strauss
Live performance, June 2015

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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