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Reason To Celebrate

Kansas City Symphony
Chris Lee
Composer Chen Yi is all smiles after the premiere of "Fountains of KC" by the Kansas City Symphony led by Michael Stern in Helzberg Hall, September 2011.

This week, hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies take a look back and a look forward with a program commemorating anniversaries — including the launch of 91.9 Classical KC a year ago. We'll hear music by Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as a performance of Chen Yi's "Fountains of KC" from the Kansas City Symphony's opening subscription concert in Helzberg Hall nearly a decade ago.

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


Anniversaries for Orchestra
by Leonard Bernstein, orchestrated by Garth Sunderland
Live performance, April 2018

Symphony No. 5, Opus 107
by Felix Mendelssohn
Jun Märkl, guest conductor
Live performance, February 2017

Fountains of KC
by Chen Yi
Live performance, September 2011

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Live performance at The Lyric Theatre, June 2011

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