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'An anticipation of the life to come': Mahler's 'Tragic' Symphony

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Eric Williams
Michael Stern leads an expanded Kansas City Symphony for a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 in Helzberg Hall, January 2013.

Michael Stern and Dan Margolies are your guides for the human and musical drama of Mahler's monumental Sixth Symphony. Plus Franz Liszt's majestic Les préludes.

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Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


Les préludes - Symphonic Poem No. 3
by Franz Liszt
Live performance, October 2013

Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, “Tragic”
by Gustav Mahler
Live performance, January 2013

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Eric Williams
A Kansas City Symphony percussionist prepares to deliver a hammer blow in the final movement of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6, January 2013

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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