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Back To School With The Kansas City Symphony

Eric T. Williams
Composer Narong Prangcharoen and Michael Stern take a bow in Helzberg Hall, June 2017.

This week Michael Stern and Dan Margolies share works that are meant to inspire young music fans and are somehow also tied to academe. Featured are Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Second Symphony, Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice and Narong Prangcharoen's Phenomenon.

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


Akademische Festouvertüre (Academic Festival Overture), Op. 80
by Johannes Brahms
Live performance, January 2012

by Narong Prangcharoen
Live performance, June 2017

L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
by Paul Dukas
Live performance, January 2011

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
by Benjamin Britten
From the album "Britten's Orchestra"

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
by Johannes Brahms
Live performance, November 2016

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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