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A May celebration — Part 2

Eric T. Williams
Pianist Emanuel Ax performs Mozart's Concerto No. 19 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, May 2017.

This week we continue our celebration of May birthdays and May performances. We'll hear works by Mozart, Wagner and Mendelssohn. We'll also hear Erich Korngold's Symphonic Serenade in a virtual performance led by Kansas City Symphony Associate Conductor Jason Seber.

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 The Flying Dutchman
by Richard Wagner
Live performance, October 2014

Concerto No. 19 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 459
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Emanuel Ax, piano
Live performance, May 2017

Symphonic Serenade in B flat major, Op. 39
by Erich Korngold
Jason Seber, conductor
My Symphony Seat Virtual Performance

Concerto No. 1 in G Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 25
by Felix Mendelssohn
Bernard Labadie, guest conductor
Arnaldo Cohen, piano
Live performance, May 2012

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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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