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  • Sean Chen, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Alon Goldstein of the UMKC Conservatory visit with Angie Chan Ramirez and Classical KC.
  • Some of the greatest and most beloved music for concert band was written by British composers, and this week we showcase another batch. We have virtuoso performances of original music for concert band by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton and also by Haydn Wood and Gordon Jacob, all performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. In addition to the Marine Band’s conductors, we have guest conductors Dr. Frederick Fennell and two music directors of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Bands.
  • Perhaps it's a surprise, but the bassoon and contrabassoon play shining roles in the two piano concertos featured in this episode. We close out with Tchaikovsky's sometimes overlooked yet fantastically imaginative Symphony No. 3.
  • Scott Steele, Sharra Wagner, and Sascha Groschang of Kansas City's newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble speak with Classical KC about new music.
  • Presenting in three different costumes, this episode features an extraordinary series of storytelling with selected works by Richard Strauss, Aaron Copland and Gustav Mahler.
  • No composer wrote more effectively or beautifully for strings than Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We’ll hear his beloved Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 in a terrific recording that will be new to most of you and truly captures the spirit of the music. We also feature two other excellent Tchaikovsky string works, one of which is guaranteed to surprise you — in a good way.
  • We’re just days after Christmas and, in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, we have a sleigh full of great music from Tchaikovsky to Tiomkin to delight and entertain you. We’ll hear a fabulous recording of music from The Nutcracker, as well as music by Bach, Humperdinck, Rimsky-Korsakov and selections from the immortal film score to “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Leaving last year's challenges in the past, host Michael Stern greets the promise of a brighter 2021 with a selection of hopeful music. And on this last day of his 250th anniversary year, we begin our program with a celebration of Beethoven.
  • Happy 2021! For many decades music lovers have enjoyed the New Year’s concerts from Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic. In this show we have our own Viennese New Year’s extravaganza with sparkling music by the Strauss family Johann (Sr. and II), Eduard, and Josef, and some of the best conductors of this music – Clemens Krauss, Carlos Kleiber, Herbert von Karajan and Willi Boskovsky. It’s a fabulous and fun hour of music.
  • Members of Kansas City's Landlocked Opera join us to talk about the new company, their education programs, and what they've doing during the pandemic.
  • Beethoven’s 250th birthday occurs days before this show airs, so we devote the entire program to his music. We open with his stirring and noble “Consecration of the House” overture and the main course of our Beethoven buffet is his magnificent Septet in E-flat, Op. 20 in a classic recording by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Both recordings show Beethoven at his best, as well as at his most bombastic and most intimate.
  • The coronavirus has Kansas City Symphony musicians mostly playing their instruments at home these days — and creating music for online audiences.