Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Symphony is one of the youngest among American big-city orchestras, having been founded in the early 1980s. An earlier Kansas City Symphony existed from 1911 to 1917, but was dissolved due to wartime shortages of personnel. It was replaced by the Kansas City Philharmonic, founded in 1933 and dissolved in 1982 after a series of musicians' strikes. The present-day Kansas City Symphony was founded shortly after that. Its formation was spearheaded by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., the president of UMB Bank and part of a family long associated with philanthropy in the Kansas City area. He marshaled a group of other top Kansas City executives, including Hallmark CEO Donald Hall, Sr. and H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch, to organize financial support for the new orchestra, which has since been funded in part through social events mounted by a group of seven auxiliaries. The symphony has had four music directors, of which the most recent is Michael Stern. It has 80 members, playing a 42-week season, and has made six recordings on the Reference label. The group's debut, American Voices, appeared in 1995, and a recording of works by composer Adam Schoenberg received two Grammy nominations in 2017. The Kansas City Symphony has undertaken several novel technological experiments: in 2002 audiences served as testers for the Concert Companion cellphone app, and in 2014 a Kansas City Symphony performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, was recorded by four Google Glass devices under the auspices of Engage Mobile Solutions. The symphony's performances take place at Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
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Classical - Released October 11, 2019 | Reference Recordings
Reference Recordings proudly presents Holst’s best known and beloved works in a new interpretation from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony. This release was recorded in the beautiful and acoustically acclaimed Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It was produced by David Frost. The Kansas City Symphony has a vision to transform hearts, minds and its community through the power of symphonic music. Founded in 1982, the 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 holds a national reputation under the artistic leadership of Music Director Michael Stern. This is the seventh in Reference Recordings’ series with Kansas City Symphony. © Reference Recordings
Classical - Released January 20, 2017 | Reference Recordings
The American composer Adam Schoenberg, unrelated to either Arnold Schoenberg or Claude-Michel Schönberg, has enjoyed great success with well-orchestrated pieces, tailor-made for the major American symphony orchestras. His music is instantly accessible, but it does not lay on sentimentality, and it's elegantly built from simple structures that evoke extramusical ideas effectively. Arguably he hit his stride best in his first major work, Finding Rothko, which is included on this album by the Kansas City Symphony under Michael Stern. The album makes an excellent place to start with Schoenberg if you've been curious about him. Also inspired by visual art are the Picture Studies, most of which refer to paintings in Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Sample the 41-second Interlude, which puts a fragment of Bartókian melody through a quite rigorous little series of orchestral transformations. If you're thinking Schoenberg may be the young American composer to pick up the mantle of Michael Daugherty, this release will lend support to your belief. © TiVo
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