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Five Guests And The Five B's

Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru with the Kansas City Symphony - January 2017
Eric T. Williams
Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru with the Kansas City Symphony - January 2017

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms are known as "The Three B's," but this week we'll hear music from five other B's: Borodin, Bartók, Barber, Busoni and Johann Christian Bach. These performances are led by five guest conductors and include solo turns from pianist Alessio Bax and then-Kansas City Symphony concertmaster Noah Geller.

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


Overture to Prince Igor
by Alexander Borodin
Yoav Talmi, guest conductor
Live performance, November 2017

Violin Concerto No. 2
by Béla Bartók
Cristian Măcelaru, guest conductor
Noah Geller, violin
Live performance, January 2017

Sinfonia In G Minor, Op 6 No. 6
by Johann Christian Bach
Bernard Labadie, guest conductor
Live performance, May 2017

Piano Concerto Op. 38
by Samuel Barber
David Lockington, guest conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Live performance, March 2019

Suite from Turandot Op. 41
by Ferruccio Busoni
Roberto Minczuk, guest conductor
Live performance, October 2010 (Lyric Theatre)

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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.
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