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The quintessence of Richard Strauss

Eric Williams
Kansas City Symphony
Soprano Christine Brewer with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony performing Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs in February 2013.

Michael Stern and Dan Margolies celebrate the birthday of Richard Strauss and explore his musical life. We'll hear early works such as "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and "Don Juan," plus later works like the "Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier'" and his moving "Four Last Songs."

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


Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
by Richard Strauss
Live performance, November 2019

Four Last Songs
by Richard Strauss
Christine Brewer - soprano
Live performance, February 2013

Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier,' Op. 59
by Richard Strauss
Live performance, March 2012

Don Juan, Op. 20
by Richard Strauss
Live performance, May 2015

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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