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The Kansas City Symphony
Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. and Sundays from 4-6 p.m.

91.9 Classical KC brings you magnificent performances by the Kansas City Symphony, interspersed with insightful commentary and conversation between co-hosts Dan Margolies and Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern.

Founded in 1982, the Kansas City Symphony has established itself as a major force in the cultural life of the community. Praised for performances of uncompromising standard, the orchestra is the largest in the region and enjoys a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern.

  • Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in a performance, October 2023
    Eric T. Williams
    This week we'll hear the Kansas City Symphony perform a delightful early symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn known as "The Philosopher" and Ludwig van Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony: "Eroica." We'll also hear two crowd pleasing tone poems: Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" and Ottorino Respighi's majestic "Pines of Rome."
  • Michael Stern and the Kansas City receive an ovation inside Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, May 2024
    Eric T. Williams
    This week we'll hear Kansas City Symphony perform Giuseppi Verdi's Overture to his opera "Nabucco" and Leoš Janáček's haunting work "The Fiddler's Child." The program closes with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9, the last symphony that he completed.
  • Michael Stern conducting the Kansas City Symphony, January 2024
    Eric T. Williams
    As Michael Stern's time as Kansas City Symphony music director comes to an end after 19 seasons, he and co-host Dan Margolies put together a very special program of music from two of Stern's favorite composers: Leonard Bernstein and Richard Strauss. We'll hear Bernstein's shore leave ballet "Fancy Free," and Strauss tone poems "Death and Transfiguration" and "A Hero's Life."
  • Bassist and composer Xavier Foley receives an ovation following a performance of his work "Soul Bass" with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony,
    Eric T Williams
    This week we'll celebrate the birth of Robert Schumann with performances of his Overture, Scherzo and Finale, and his A minor Cello Concerto featuring soloist Narek Hakhnazaryan. Also, bassist Xavier Foley is featured on his own composition "Soul Bass," and we'll hear a world premiere by Angel Lam. The program closes with Alberto Ginastera's "Variaciones concertantes," where everyone in the orchestra gets a moment to shine.