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The Chorus Takes Center Stage With Charles Bruffy

Kansas City Symphony
Todd Rosenberg
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The Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus performing Rachmaninoff's "The Bells" in Helzberg Hall - April 2013

Charles Bruffy, the director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and Kansas City Chorale, joins Dan Margolies as guest host for an all-choral program featuring the chorus. We'll learn about his rehearsal process and hear his insights into works by Mark Hayes, Gabriel Fauré, Alexander Zemlinsky, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

How does director Charles Bruffy prepare to hand off the Symphony Chorus to another conductor? How do they sustain a 150 member, all volunteer choir? Scroll down to hear some online only bonus content.

Hosts

Charles Bruffy, director of The Kansas City Chorale and Kansas City Symphony Chorus

Dan Margolies

Program

*This Moment
by Mark Hayes
Charles Bruffy, conductor
Live performance, October 2011

*Salve Regina
by Francis Poulenc
Michael Stern, conductor
Live performance, November 2019

Requiem in D minor, Op. 48
by Gabriel Fauré
Bernard Labadie, guest conductor
Shannon Mercer - soprano, Joshua Hopkins - baritone
Live performance, November 2013

Psalm 23 Op. 14
by Alexander Zemlinsky
Michael Stern, conductor
Live performance, October 2014

The Bells Op. 35
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Michael Stern, conductor
Live performance, April 2013

*The Kansas City Symphony Chorus only

Kansas City Symphony
Todd Rosenberg
A Kansas City Symphony percussionist climbs a ladder to strike a large set of chimes during a performance of Rachmaninoff's "The Bells" in Helzberg Hall - April 2013

Bonus Content
Charles Bruffy and Dan Margolies discuss how the all volunteer Kansas City Symphony Chorus prepares for a performance and finds new members.
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You can learn more about the Kansas City Symphony Chorus at kcsymphony.org, and the Kansas City Chorale at kcchorale.org.

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