International Audio Review of Britten's Orchestra
“Just as his father Isaac Stern elevated the future culture of New York by virtually singlehandedly saving Carnegie Hall, so also Michael Stern has wrought a cultural miracle at the helm of the Kansas City Symphony. This is now a first class orchestra, and they play with enthusiastic dedication, precise ensemble, and precise intonation. That’s the first miracle of this album….The second miracle is that the Britten works in this album show off this first class orchestra to such great effect, with highlights for all soloists and sections…..All told, I’d vote for this Britten’s Orchestra album as the best fidelity classical music recording to date.” - J. Peter Moncrieff
KC Star - Pianist Behzod Abduraimov finds receptive audience in Symphony concert
Even more inpressive was the level of passion and expression Abduraimov brought to the stage. The famous 18th Variation with its sweeping theme was nearly overwhelming with its emotion, and the ending was soft and reflective. Abduraimov and the orchestra delivered the powerful final variations convincingly.
KC Symphony has an exceptional season opener at Helzberg Hall
Every season opener for the Kansas City Symphony is a festive affair, but Friday night's classical series concert proved exceptional.
Fox 4 – KC Symphony Brings Home Two Grammy Awards
KANSAS CITY, MO – Metro music fans who tuned in to watch the Grammy’s probably missed it, but the Kansas City Symphony was a big winner with two awards in the music industry’s biggest night.
Kansas City Symphony - Britten's Orchestra CD by the KC Symphony
In a brilliant display of orchestral power and poetry from the country’s heartland, Michael Stern leads the Kansas City Symphony in an all-Benjamin Britten programme that speaks eloquently and, as much as possible in such spectacular recordings, to the music’s heart in a strong and simple way.
KC Star - Review | Kansas City Symphony with guest pianist Jonathan Biss
Is it my imagination or is the Kansas City Symphony getting better and better as the opning of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts approaches? The orchestra and guest pianist Jonathan Biss dished out romantic fervor and American innovation in large servings at their concert Friday night at the Lyric Theatre.
KC Star - Symphony sharp, reverent in Celebration at the Station
One of Kansas City’s most glorious annual events, Celebration at the Station, attracts tens of thousands of patriotic music lovers to a makeshift performance space between Union Station and Liberty memorial every Memorial Day weekend.
KC Star – The Classical Beat | Traveling mezzo Sasha Cooke returns to KC Symphony
Rising opera star Sasha Cooke is becoming something of a local favorite. In the past few years, the mezzo-soprano has performed a vocal recital at the Lied Center and was a soloist in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass with the Kansas city Symphony.