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A sonic spectacular: wasps, birds, rivers and the organ in all its glory

Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, Spring 2012
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Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in Helzberg Hall, Spring 2012.

Co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies celebrate the October birthdays of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Charles Ives and Camille Saint-Saens. We'll hear the Grammy Award-winning Paul Jacobs as soloist in Saint-Saens' powerful "Organ Symphony."

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Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


The Wasps — Aristophanic Suite
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
From the album Enigma Variations - The Wasps - Greensleeves

Cantus arcticus — Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, Op. 61
by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Live performance, June 2018

Three Places in New England
by Charles Ives
Live performance, April 2012

Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, "Organ Symphony," Op. 78
by Camille Saint-Saens
Paul Jacobs, organ
Live performance, June 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.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at