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Reminiscing With Frank Byrne

Frank Byrne
Frank Byrne and Michael Stern after a Kansas City Symphony performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs home opener.

The former Kansas City Symphony executive director and current host of "From the Archives" on Classical KC joins Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a trip down memory lane. We'll find out what an orchestra's executive director does, how repertoire is chosen and hear fantastic performances, including one led by guest conductor Jefferey Kahane and another featuring violin soloist Gil Shaham.

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


Frank Byrne


Scherzo Fantastique
by Josef Suk
Live performance, October 2017

Angels for Muted Brass
by Carl Ruggles
Live performance, June 2013

Violin Concerto
by Alban Berg
Gil Shaham, violin
Live performance, June 2013

Symphony No. 88 in G major
by Franz Joseph Haydn
Jeffery Kahane, guest conductor
Live performance, June 2016

Seven Pieces from The Aladdin Suite
by Carl Nielsen
Live performance, January 2019

Dance of the Jesters from The Snow Maiden
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live performance, September 2012

You can learn more about "From the Archives" with Frank Byrne and hear past episodes here.

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Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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