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Sam Wisman

Senior Producer - 91.9 Classical KC / Backup Announcer - KCUR 89.3

Sam started listening to jazz on his local NPR affiliate when he was just 13 years old, and his life as a musician and radio guy continues to intertwine. Son of a merchant and a classical musician, he came to Kansas City to attend the UMKC Conservatory. During school, he shelved a lot of records and played “drop the needle” at The Marr Sound Archives, working with KCUR’s own Fish Fry host Chuck Haddix. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Percussion Performance, Sam became a versatile fixture in Kansas City’s music scene. He hosted Jazz Afternoon on 90.1 FM KKFI for over 10 years, and currently hosts Jazz Across America - Kansas City on San Diego's KSDS Jazz 88.3. Sam lives with his family in Roeland Park, and has yet to measure the volume of his kids with a decibel meter — but he has thought about it.

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  • Violin superstar Joshua Bell spoke with Classical KC's Christy L'Esperance about inspiring the next generation of musicians, working with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony and a friendly competition he has going with fellow prodigy and musical superstar Yo-Yo Ma.
  • This week, we celebrate the June birthdays of composers Edward Elgar and Mikhail Glinka. We'll hear Glinka's barn burner of an overture to his opera "Ruslan and Ludmila." We'll also hear Edward Elgar's first symphony led by guest conductor Michael Francis alongside a performance of his violin concerto featuring Pinchas Zukerman.
  • Not only was Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold a brilliant film composer, he also wrote acclaimed works for the concert stage. We'll hear the Kansas City Symphony perform his Symphonic Serenade and Symphony in F sharp. Co-hosts Michael Stern and Dan Margolies delve into his composing technique and explain how he borrowed material from his own film scores. We'll also hear "Amen!" by modern American composer Carlos Simon that pays homage to his gospel influences.
  • Summerfest, a sunny Kansas City tradition, is about to embark on its 32nd season of diverse chamber music performances. On this Classical KC Concert Hall broadcast, enjoy selections from Summerfest's 2023 season including works by Charles Martin Loeffler, Henriëtte Bosmans, Joseph Bologne and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • The Lyric Opera of Kansas City's Opera to Go program brings live performances to retirement communities across the Kansas City metro. For the residents of these communities, in-person concerts are an experience that can't be replicated by recordings.
  • 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.
  • Experience some of Kansas City's best classical musicians in performance with Classical KC's broadcast of Stanislav and Friends 2024 presented by Park University's International Center for Music. Stanislav Ioudenitch, Behzod Abduraimov, Mikhail Voskresensky, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and Park ICM students and faculty take the stage to perform works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Brahms and Poulenc.