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Dan Margolies

Co-host, The Kansas City Symphony on Classical KC

As a reporter covering breaking news and legal affairs, I want to demystify often-complex legal issues in order to expose the visible and invisible ways they affect people’s lives. I cover issues of justice and equity, and seek to ensure that significant and often under-covered developments get the attention they deserve so that KCUR listeners and readers are equipped with the knowledge they need to act as better informed citizens. Reach me by email at or on Twitter @DanMargolies.

  • Happy 184th birthday to Peter Tchaikovsky, who was born on May 7. We'll hear three of his crowd-pleasing favorites: “Capriccio Italien,” Midori playing his only violin concerto and his glorious first piano concerto with soloist Vadym Kholodenko. We’ll also hear a Kansas City Symphony commission honoring the fountains and culture of Kansas City called "Muse of the Missouri" written by American composer Stephen Hartke.
  • This week, you'll hear the Kansas City Symphony, Symphony Chorus and violin superstar Joshua Bell perform the music of Johannes Brahms. As the featured soloist, Bell adds his own original cadenza to Brahms' one and only violin concerto. Plus, soprano Layla Claire and baritone Christopher Feigum join the Kansas City Symphony and Symphony Chorus for a performance Brahms' "German Requiem." Co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies explore the composer's process for each work.