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A celebration of Carl Nielsen: From the lighthearted to 'The Inextinguishable'

Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Kansas City Symphony, March 2023
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Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Kansas City Symphony, March 2023

Join Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a varied program that celebrates Danish master composer, Carl Nielsen. We'll hear his 'Overture to Maskarade,' 'Seven Pieces from Aladdin' and his Symphony No. 4: 'The Inextinguishable' led by guest conductor Thomas Wilkins. Plus, members of the Kansas City Symphony perform gorgeous smaller scale compositions by Edward Elgar and Richard Strauss.

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


Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra
by Edward Elgar
Streaming performance, February 2021

Serenade in Eb major, Op. 7
by Richard Strauss
Live performance, May 2021

Seven Pieces from Aladdin, Op. 34
by Carl Nielsen
Live performance, January 2019

Overture to 'Maskarade'
by Carl Nielsen
Live performance, March 2017

Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 - The Inextinguishable
by Carl Nielsen
Thomas Wilkins - guest conductor
Live performance, March 2023

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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