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Timeless music by Kernis, Schubert, Bruch and Lalo

Violinist Benjamin Beilman joins the Kansas City Symphony for the world premiere of Chris Rogerson's "Violin Concerto No. 1", June 2022
Eric T Williams
Violinist Benjamin Beilman performs with the Kansas City Symphony

This week, we explore what could have been - and what is - with Franz Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony and a late 20th century sonic exploration of New York City by Aaron Jay Kernis. We'll also hear two of the best loved orchestral showpieces for violin: Max Bruch's Concerto No. 1 featuring a young Benjamin Beilman, and Édouard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" featuring Joshua Bell.

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


New Era Dance
by Aaron Jay Kernis
Live performance, September 2018

Symphony No. 7 in B minor "Unfinished"
by Franz Schubert
Live performance, February 2017

Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 26
by Max Bruch
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Live performance, April 2012

Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21
by Édouard Lalo
Joshua Bell, violin
Live performance, March 2014

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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.
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