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Coronations, concertos and voices of our time

Eric T Williams
Composer Joel Thompson narrates his work "To Awaken the Sleeper" in a world premiere performance with the Kansas City Symphony, January 2022

This week, hear more recent Kansas City Symphony performances including world premieres by Joel Thompson and Stuart Murray Turnbull, and a co-commission from Jessie Montgomery. We'll also hear Steven Stucky's "Second Concerto for Orchestra," Dvořák's "Othello Overture" and Handel's "Zadok the Priest."


Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


Zadok the Priest - Coronation Anthem No. 1
by George Frideric Handel
Live performance, June 2022

Othello Overture
by Antonín Dvořák
Eduardo Strausser, guest conductor
Live performance, February 2022

"Rounds" for Piano and String Orchestra
by Jessie Montgomery
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Live performance, June 2022

Eric T Williams
Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs Jessie Montgomery's "Rounds" for Piano and Orchestra with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, June 2022

To Awaken the Sleeper
by Joel Thompson
Joel Thompson, narrator
Live performance, January 2022 (World premiere)

by Stuart Murray Turnbull
Live performance, October 2021 (World premiere)

Second Concerto for Orchestra
by Steven Stucky
Live performance, October 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