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Carlos Simon's "Amen!" and Erich Korngold's cinematic soundscapes

Guest Conductor Kazem Abdullah leads the Kansas City Symphony, January 2024
Eric T. Williams
Guest Conductor Kazem Abdullah leads the Kansas City Symphony, January 2024

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.

Hosts

Members of the Kansas City Symphony trombone section are featured during a performance of Carlos Simon's "Amen!"
Eric T Williams
Members of the Kansas City Symphony trombone section are featured during a performance of Carlos Simon's "Amen!"

Michael Stern
Dan Margolies

Program

Amen!
by Carlos Simon
Live performance, June 2023

Symphonic Serenade in Bb major, Op. 39
by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Jason Seber, conductor
Streaming performance, April 2021

Symphony in F-sharp, Op. 40
by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Kazem Abdullah, guest conductor
Live performance, January 2024

Dan Margolies is a co-host, The Kansas City Symphony on Classical KC
Sam Wisman is a senior producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3