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A rousing overture by Glinka and Elgar's 'massive hope in the future'

Guest conductor Michael Francis leads the Kansas City Symphony in a performance of Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1, March 2022
Eric T Williams
Guest conductor Michael Francis leads the Kansas City Symphony in a performance of Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1, March 2022

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.

Hosts

Michael Stern
Dan Margolies

Violinist Pinchas Zukerman performs Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, January 2013
Courtesy of the Kansas City Symphony
Violinist Pinchas Zukerman performs Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony, January 2013

Program

Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
by Mikhail Glinka
Live performance, February 2013

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
by Edward Elgar
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Live performance, January 2013

Symphony No. 1 in Ab major, Op. 55
by Edward Elgar
Michael Francis, guest conductor
Live performance, March 2022

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