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Connections With David Zinman

Eric T. Williams
Guest conductor David Zinman leads the Kansas City Symphony in February 2018.

Hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies welcome renowned conductor David Zinman for a program of Bernstein, Prokofiev, Debussy and Schumann. David and Michael recount their many musical and personal connections, and David shares some humorous trash talk between two legendary figures —conductor Pierre Monteux and choreographer and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

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


David Zinman, guest conductor


Suite from "On the Waterfront"
by Leonard Bernstein
David Zinman, conductor
Live performance, February 2018

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor
by Sergei Prokofiev
Stephen Waarts, violin
David Zinman, conductor
Live performance, June 2018

Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune — "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"
by Claude Debussy
Michael Stern, conductor
Live performance, January 2015

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
by Robert Schumann
David Zinman, conductor
Live performance, June 2018

Eric T. Williams
Conductor David Zinman and violinist Stephen Waarts with the Kansas City Symphony - June 2018

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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