Want to learn more about Kansas City’s classical music offerings? Here’s where to start | KCUR 89.3


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Let 2022 be your year for new music and new music for you, featuring world premieres, hidden gems, curated playlists, and thought-provoking interviews with musicians from the Kansas City community and beyond.

Here are some upcoming opportunities for auditory exploration:


Classical music draws from a 500-year-old well of inspiration, with each generation adding to the rich diversity of the genre. This month listen the Kansas City premiere of Joel Thompson’s “To Awaken the Sleeper”, co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony and performed at Helzberg Hall, conducted by Michael Stern (January 28-30).

Stay tuned to Kansas City Symphony on Classic KC for exclusive shows hosted by Dan Margolies of Stern and Classical KC.

Recently nominated for several Grammy Awards, the four members of Brooklyn Percussion sandbox have been around Kansas City recently, serving as the UMKC Conservatory Percussion Teacher since August 2021. Their collaboration with composer Andy Akiho, “Seven Pillars,” was nominated for both Best Small Chamber Music/Performance Ensemble and Best Contemporary Classical Composition (KCUR interviewed Sandbox co-founder Ian Rosenbaum on the nomination.)

Discover the video component of the project on their YouTube channel. And hear them in action play “Drumming” by Steve Reich with the UMKC Conservatory Percussion Studio on January 19 at UMKC White Recital Hall.

Want to see more performance, but don’t know where to start? Challenge an art-loving friend to a ticket exchange and take turns surprising and introducing yourself to new styles and outfits.

The members of Sandbox Percussion, who teach at UMKC, were nominated for a Grammy along with composer Andy Akiho (center). From left to right: Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney, Ian David Rosenbaum, Andy Akiho, Johnny Allen.


Cellist and professor at the University of Kansas Hannah Collins released his first solo album “Resonance lines” last fall. She talked with Sound Currents welcomes Sascha Groschang and Laurel Parks about the project. Every week, Sound currents on Classical KC offers raw and insightful commentary on today’s music.

Discover the artists making music in our community with in-depth interviews and high-quality musical selections on the local Kansas City feature, from Kansas City favorites like newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble to guest artists such as black violin.

You can also dive into groundbreaking artists from previous generations with Extract from the archives with Frank Byrne.

To be involved

Listening to music is only part of the experience. Learn new skills (or brush up on a few) by engaging in music as an amateur performer. Separated from her role as a radio personality, Laurel parks runs out a lot of energy, little anxiety violin workshops for adult beginners.

Throughout the metropolitan area, community groups are welcoming new members who have rediscovered their love of performing. Learn more about groups like the Kansas City Wind Symphony, Rezound bell set, Where Heartland Men’s Choir.

If you can’t commit to the rehearsal schedule, almost all arts organizations need volunteers in a variety of capacities, and it’s a great way to support the arts and your favorite artists.

For new music, voices and ideas, stay tuned to Classical KC.


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