A brand new podcast of the Kansas City Symphony, "Beethoven walks into a bar..." features our musicians in a lighthearted exploration into the wild world of orchestral music and life in a professional symphony orchestra.
Off the Podium with Gemma New
This week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar, New Zealander Gemma New reflects on her week with the Kansas City Symphony conducting Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, a new violin concerto by Chris Rogerson and Saint-Saëns' epic "Organ" Symphony. We chat about her journey from playing violin to conducting orchestras all over the world, including a stint here in Missouri as the resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. She also shares her passion for experimenting with concert formats and experiences. Enjoy that and more this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1trRFGF7CfWWhLwvZNvYGM?si=1ec52d444f534569 (Episode 508 Playlist)
Knowing the Score with Coach Andy Reid
This week on your favorite podcast, we throw out the playbook, tackle important topics and try not to utter any offensive lines when we're joined by Kansas City's favorite head coach, Andy Reid! Fresh off attending two KC Symphony performances, Coach Reid joins the show to talk about his concert experiences, our incredible Kansas City community and two of its favorite "teams," the Chiefs and the Symphony. Hear about players' superstitions and pre-game/concert rituals along with what Coach Reid would ask the legendary Vince Lombardi. Plus...we play a riveting game of Reed or Reid. All this and more, this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar!
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5q3W1mYHroKOdBeDt8jSmA?si=45ce27ffb3aa4627 (Episode 507 Playlist)
Off the Podium with Paolo Bortolameolli
In addition to conducting around the world, maestro Paolo Bortolameolli has somehow found the time to create an insightful video series, author a book and join us for a chat on Beethoven Walks into a Bar. We have a great time discussing growing up in Chile, exploring new music, reaching new audiences, and of course, Chilean wine. Paolo joins the Kansas City Symphony for a weekend of music in Helzberg Hall April 21-23, 2022.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1nN5V95jnpMtFkxLx93msK?si=00d7b507e921441f (Episode 506 Playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScPTBeOhA6U (Ponle Pausa)
Off the Podium with Christian Reif
This week we chat off the podium with German-born conductor Christian Reif. Christian joins the Kansas City Symphony April 1-3, 2022 conducting works by Joan Tower, W.A. Mozart and Stravinsky. We chat about his upcoming trip to KC, the illustrious world of summer music festivals, and an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue incident in Miami BEACH. Plus, our Top 5 ballet scores. All that and more, this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1zviGW1NfWD7ObjdUz8nYn?si=b6f3fb19b8334e03 (Episode 505 Playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyJsiO6SbAYandt=557s (Tiny Desk Concert - Julia Bullock and Christian Reif)
https://vimeo.com/433198271 (Brown Baby - Julia Bullock and Christian Reif)
Off the Podium with Michael Francis
This week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar we have a delightful chat with British conductor-turned-Floridian Michael Francis. Michael's upcoming program with the Kansas City Symphony includes music by Purcell, Mozart and Elgar. Speaking of Mozart, Michael currently leads the Mainly Mozart Festival, which obviously begs the question, "Why not Totally Tchaikovsky or Blatantly Beethoven?" All will be revealed, this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1fJ7717OJK5QFrGy0dyQvD?si=d474251425154572 (Episode 504 Playlist)
Off the Podium with Eduardo Strausser
This week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar we chat off the podium with Maestro Eduardo Strausser who joins us from Berlin in advance of his week here with the orchestra. And who knows, maybe we change things up and do the interview in one or more of the 8 languages he’s fluent in (Spoiler alert – we stick with English). This week's Top 5 features the Top 5 Fifth Symphonies. Who makes the cut? Tchaikovsky? Mahler? Haydn? Mozart? Prokofiev? Tune in this week to find out!
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1n0zZTQYIio6UMdBTazarM?si=21af2e5fa85a4071 (Episode 503 Playlist)
Thanks from the KC Ballet!
Love the pod! I’m a company dancer and accompanist with the Kansas City Ballet. I am so grateful for your work, and counting down the days until the next performance with the ballet. In the meantime, thanks for the great stories. 😊
My wife and I are KC Symphony Masterworks subscribers and are in the midst of orchestral withdrawal. This podcast helps tide us over until the time comes that we are back in row G listening to our marvelous symphony. Love Mr. Gordon especially—great commentary with a wise and humorous slant!
Such a Great Podcast!
This is a delightful podcast that will appeal to symphony-philes as well as those less familiar with classical music. I really hope they’ll continue this!