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  • KC Star's The Classical Beat: KC Symphony’s next Pops Series

    The Kansas City Symphony has announced its Pops and Family Series concerts for 2017-18 and, once again, variety and family fun are in abundance....

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  • Get to Know Guest Conductor Ludovic Morlot

    Can you tell us about the program that now includes Beethoven’s “Pastoral”? This is a program of great Romantic nature...

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  • The Classical Beat: KC Symphony guest conductor should bring crackle to Beethoven’s Sixth

    Anyone who has seen Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” is familiar with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Disney used Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony to accompany satyrs,...

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  • Get to Know Guest Pianist George Li

    George Li performs as soloist alongside the Kansas City Symphony in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Jan. 20-22)....

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  • Kansas City Symphony Unveils Public Phase of Historic Masterpiece Endowment Campaign

    More than 100 community members, leaders gather to celebrate nearly $52 million in new endowment funds pledged toward $55 million goal for Symphony’s Masterpiece Campaign...

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Watch this short video with Guest Pianist George Li, performing a section of Chopin's First Piano Concerto, featured THIS WEEKEND, January 20-22. Chopin’s compositions capture the sensitivity and self-expression of the Romantic era while upholding a sense of classic purity. His First Piano Concerto highlights the soloist’s elegant and virtuosic technique, all capped by a lively Polish folk dance. Beethoven’s Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 is a monumental work, and in its final movement is music that is as spine-tingling and joyful as anywhere in the classical repertoire. Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, joins us to conduct this spirited weekend of music. Tickets start at $25. Visit

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