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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.

  • Violinist Midori performs with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, January 2016
    Eric T. Williams
    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.
  • The Kansas City Symphony and Chorus receive an ovation following a performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem," October 2011
    Courtesy of the Kansas City Symphony
    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.
  • Pinchas Zukerman with the Kansas City Symphony, May 2015
    Eric T. Williams
    This week we begin a celebration of May birthdays and May performances. We'll hear music by Isaac Albéniz, Malcolm Forsyth and Franz Schubert in performances by the Kansas City Symphony led by music director Michael Stern and guest conductors Pinchas Zukerman and Carlos Miguel Prieto. We'll also hear the Kansas City Symphony Chorus in a performance prepared by director Charles Bruffy.
  • Pianist Wei Luo performs with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, February 2017
    Eric T. Williams
    Celebrate the birthday of Sergei Prokofiev by listening to the Kansas City Symphony perform three of his works: the invigorating suite from "Love of Three Oranges," his third piano concerto and an epic cantata comprised of music from his score to the Sergei Eisenstein film "Alexander Nevsky." We'll also hear Beethoven's portentous tone poem "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage."