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  • This week we have two marvelous works by Johannes Brahms not originally composed for orchestra. But when reimagined for a full symphony orchestra, they are even more glorious. One was transformed by Brahms himself, and the other by composer Bright Sheng. With the resources and colors of a full symphony orchestra, we hear Brahms at his most magnificent.
  • In an episode called “Surprise Symphonies” we have a Haydn symphony, but not the one you might expect, plus the one and only symphony by French composer Ernest Chausson. These works are two symphonies in B-flat, by two composers who were both 35 years old at the time.
  • We are proud to once again share a recent Harriman-Jewell Series Livestream Discovery Concert. This time, we’ll hear a performance by pianist Zhu Wang, winner of the 2020 Harriman-Jewell Series prize, as well as First Prize in the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
  • This week we feature more music from the Kansas City Symphony's return to Helzberg Hall after a year away. We'll hear emotional and cathartic performances of music by Carlos Simon, Michael Abels, Samuel Barber and more. We'll also hear the original chamber version of Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
  • This week we feature the Kansas City Symphony's return to Helzberg Hall after a year away. We'll hear performances of music by Ulysses Kay, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. We'll also find out what it's like for the Maestro and the musicians to perform in front of cameras instead of an audience.
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler was a brilliant conductor, but a controversial genius, whose legacy still inspires debate. His remarkable musicianship is on display in three recordings of music by Weber, Schumann, and Beethoven – all central to the German musical canon to which he was so dedicated. This series of five programs of these great conductors ends with perhaps the most enigmatic and most interesting interpreter of the group.
  • Otto Klemperer was a giant among conductors in both stature and musical insight. He overcame enormous personal challenges, escaped the Nazi regime, endured crippling injuries and still made music that inspired millions. His signature work was Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and we’ll hear his legendary 1955 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra – judged by many to be the best ever recorded.
  • Principal tuba Joe LeFevre joins hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a program of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Kernis and Dvořák. Joe describes the excitement of his debut with the orchestra and how much he enjoys playing Dvořák's "New World Symphony," even though he only plays a total of fourteen notes.
  • On this episode of the "Kansas City Local Feature," we will hear performances from, and discover the past and future of, The Kansas City Baroque Consortium with Artistic Director Trilla Ray-Carter, and conductor and composer Anthony Maglione.
  • Five of the world’s greatest conductors came together in Berlin, 1929. In the third of five shows paying tribute to these extraordinary musicians we profile Erich Kleiber. He was a master interpreter and superlative musician. He left a prominent post in Germany in protest of Nazi racial policies and lived in Buenos Aires for years while conducting opera and symphonic concerts wherever he could. After World War II he was embraced and revered as one of the world’s great conductors. We’ll hear his legendary recording of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony which still inspires many decades later.
  • Five of the world’s greatest conductors came together in Berlin, 1929. In the second of five shows paying tribute to these extraordinary musicians we profile Arturo Toscanini, second from the left in the photo. Toscanini was a genius conductor and musician, and also perhaps the first superstar in the mass media of his day. His drive for perfection and his intensely committed performances captivated audiences then and now. In this program, we’ll hear some of his most compelling recordings.
  • On this Kansas City Local Feature, we will hear guitarist Jiji in conversation with Classical KC’s Paul Nyakatura, and in performance as part of a February 20th, 2021 Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery concert from The 1900 Building. The only audience present was staff and crew, but it was live streamed around the world.