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Mahler's "Titan" and a celebration of Mozart

Eric T. Williams
Kansas City Symphony principal flutist Michael Gordon steps forward as soloist during a January 2017 performance of Mozart's "Concerto No. 1 in G Major for Flute and Orchestra."

This week, the Kansas City Symphony on Classical KC continues to celebrate the January birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by showcasing his "Concerto for Piano No. 23" in a performance from Orion Weiss under the direction of the late Bramwell Tovey. You'll also hear Mozart's "Concerto No. 1 for Flute" featuring the Kansas City Symphony's principal flutist, Michael Gordon. The program will close with a recent performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 1," which marked the orchestra's full scale return to Helzberg Hall following pandemic restrictions.


Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


Concerto No. 1 in G Major for Flute and Orchestra, K. 285c
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Michael Gordon, flute
Live performance, January 2017

Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bramwell Tovey, guest conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Live performance, November 2014

Symphony No. 1 in D Major
by Gustav Mahler
Live performance, September 2021

Bonus Content
What does Mozart's "Concerto No. 23 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 488" have to do with the death of Joseph Stalin? Dan Margolies explains the amazing story of defiant Russian pianist Maria Yudina.

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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