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  • Rick Fisher has served as the executive director of Heartland Men's Chorus since 1997 — before it was officially out as a gay chorus. Now, Fisher says he's ready to move at a slower beat.
  • Classical KC speaks with bass-baritone Jonathan Woody and Spire Chamber Ensemble founder and artistic director Ben Spalding about collaborating together and working to expand the choral cannon. We'll hear works by composers ranging from Palestrina to Stephen Paulus and Ken Burton.
  • Join co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies as they explore Gustav Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 2 in C minor, known as the "Resurrection." We'll also hear the trumpet blasts and celebratory bells of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture led by guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.
  • The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts Chamber Choir will be packing their bags for the Big Apple this April.
  • Cozy up and enjoy a Kansas City Symphony performance of Gustav Mahler's epic Symphony No. 3. You'll also hear from music director Michael Stern and special guest Kelley O'Connor, the featured mezzo-soprano, on what it's like to perform such an enormous work.
  • Charles Bruffy, the director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and Kansas City Chorale, joins Dan Margolies as guest host for an all-choral program featuring the chorus. We'll learn about his rehearsal process and hear his insights into works by Mark Hayes, Gabriel Fauré, Alexander Zemlinsky, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
  • Classical KC speaks with Emily Marrin and Uli Schneider from The Kansas City Women's Chorus about the group's origins, performances, and how they fight for equality and social justice through art and action.
  • KC VITAS is a local "project based" vocal ensemble dedicated to expanding what is possible for a choir and the human voice. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director Jackson Thomas, as well as performer, and composer-in-residence Leslee Wood. We'll hear a diverse selection of modern vocal works.
  • Allegro Choirs of Kansas City has been helping young singers grow as musicians and people for over 20 years. Founder and Director Christy Elsner and graduating senior Lexi Dixon share music and stories with Classical KC, such as a humorous and emotional 2012 performance at the White House. We'll hear a wide range of music, including part of a performance with The Kanas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."
  • The William Baker Festival Singers are so much more than just a choir. Host Stephen Steigman speaks with Founder and Director William Baker, as well as Executive Associate Music Director Jamea Sale about the group, The Choral Foundation, healthy singing, and more. We'll hear music from their composer in residence program, as well as Byron Smith, Lars Magnus Been, Waldemar Ahlen and others.
  • Relive some epic performances of Italian opera music from Helzberg Hall with The Kansas City Symphony and The Kansas City Symphony Chorus. We'll hear familiar overtures, intermezzos and choruses from Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and more.
  • Learn about The William Jewell Choral Studies Program as host Stephen Steigman speaks with director Dr. Anthony Maglione. We also welcome alumnus David M. Sanchez and learn about recording with his alma mater, and making his Metropolitan Opera debut right before theaters shut down. We'll hear music from Adolphus Hailstork, William Dawson, Aaron Copland and more.