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A Kansas City composer almost lost his finger while dog sledding, so he wrote music about it

Composer and professor Yotam Haber.
Sam Wisman
Composer and professor Yotam Haber.

Composer and UMKC composition professor Yotam Haber fulfilled a lifelong dream of racing sled dogs in Alaska, but walked away with a severed finger and a creative spark. On this week's Sound Currents, hear music inspired by traumatic events.

This week's guest is composer and associate professor of composition at the UMKC Conservatory, Yotam Haber.

Scroll to the bottom to enjoy a bonus piece, Jeremy Beck's Elegy, and be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Yotam Haber

by Yotam Haber
Talea Ensemble

Lost in the Blue
by Ellen Reid
Julian Wachner with the NOVUS NY, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Tim Parsons, Rebecca Jo Loeb, Anna Schubert

Odna Zhizn
by Christopher Rouse
Alan Gilbert with the New York Philharmonic

by Steven Landis
UMKC Graduate Saxophone Quartet

Bonus piece
We've all had to adjust to a "new normal" since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and are finding way to process that enduring trauma. Jeremy Beck's 'Elegy' explores the complex feelings and experiences of the past few years.
Glacier lilies pepper the landscape of the valley in spring.

Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at
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