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  • This week, hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies take a look back and a look forward with a program commemorating anniversaries — including the launch of 91.9 Classical KC a year ago. We'll hear music by Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as a performance of Chen Yi's "Fountains of KC" from the Kansas City Symphony's opening subscription concert in Helzberg Hall nearly a decade ago.
  • We'll enjoy wonderful Russian music this week, with gems like an exotic tone poem by Alexander Borodin, a whirling waltz fantasy by Mikhail Glinka, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s valedictory masterpiece
  • Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County mayoral candidate Tyrone Garner lays out his qualifications for the position, University of Kansas protects its assets with the "Les Miles" clause, and 91.9 Classical KC celebrates its first birthday.
  • KCUR's sister station KWJC, better known as 91.9 Classical KC, is celebrating one year on air this month.
  • Classical KC speaks with Jackie Lee, artistic director for the Heartland Chamber Music Festival, about the origin of the festival, keeping talented local students in the area, and various community outreach programs. Joining Jackie is Hez Leung, violist with the award winning Rolston String Quartet - featured performers at this year's festival.
  • Hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies welcome renowned conductor David Zinman for a program of Bernstein, Prokofiev, Debussy and Schumann. David and Michael recount their many musical and personal connections, and David shares some humorous trash talk between two legendary figures —conductor Pierre Monteux and choreographer and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.
  • The third in the series “Themes and Variations” features music by Max Reger, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák – proving that variation is also the spice of musical life.
  • This week begins a new series called Castaway Classics, where host Frank Byrne shares special recordings he'd want to take if marooned on a desert island. In this first episode, we’ll hear distinctive performances of music by Bach and Mussorgsky. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • The former Kansas City Symphony executive director and current host of "From the Archives" on Classical KC joins Michael Stern and Dan Margolies for a trip down memory lane. We'll find out what an orchestra's executive director does, how repertoire is chosen and hear fantastic performances, including one led by guest conductor Jefferey Kahane and another featuring violin soloist Gil Shaham.
  • Guest host Dan Margolies speaks with the Lyric Arts Trio about commissioning new work, taking their music to smaller underserved communities and the group's musical and personal bonds. We'll hear performances of works by local composers Jean Belmont Ford, Ian Coleman and Robert Pherigo.
  • This week’s show features two lovely works for solo instruments by Joseph Bologne and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — contemporaries who could not have come from more different backgrounds. We will explore the unconventional and remarkable background of Bologne, who never achieved the fame he deserved.
  • This week we feature three performances by The Kansas City Symphony revealing the rich emotional depth of these pieces. We'll also hear what Michael Stern learned from an early mentor of his, Christoph von Dohnányi, a guest conductor on this week's program.