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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.

Beethoven walks into a bar..‪.‬ Kansas City Symphony

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

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.

    The Perfect Date Night

    The Perfect Date Night

    Have you ever wondered why the KC Symphony is the envy of the orchestra world? What makes us tick? Well, in addition to world class musicians, an incredible staff, and an extremely supportive community, we are blessed to have a dynamic Board of Directors. We have the honor of sitting down this week with one of our incredible board members, Gena Williams. We learn how she fell in love with music, what she and her colleagues on the board are doing behind the scenes to keep this orchestra at the top of its game, and why a night at the Symphony makes the perfect date night. This week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://www.kcsymphony.org/music-talk/ (Kansas City Symphony MUSIC TALK Videos)
    https://www.kcsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/neighborhood-concerts/ (Mobile Music Box)

    • 45 min
    Happy Birthday to Us!

    Happy Birthday to Us!

    Can you believe it? Beethoven Walks into a Bar is one year old and still going strong 41 episodes later. As we celebrate the birth and growth of the Kansas City Symphony's podcast, we also celebrate the arrival of Spring. Join us this week as we chat about our favorite Spring-inspired music, memorable performances, Spring-themed drinks and Jason's impeccable French. All that and more in this episode of Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2XyYA5K2VyRRgeDs21M5E3?si=9B25gOy7SnqGGpaFfcPFew (Episode 308 Playlist)

    • 40 min
    Say "Cello" to Susie Yang

    Say "Cello" to Susie Yang

    We meet yet another fabulous Kansas City Symphony colleague this week, associate Principal Cellist Susie Yang. We chat about her work both on and off the stage, her time in the New World Symphony and the dreaded audition scene. We also lighten things up with another exciting game of Bar Talk - will Jason or Stephanie EVER win this game? Find out this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/44iql1Ckvpe3wWZ9Uc5Yn3?si=yWQ24s_KSzCY644CSDn11A (Episode 307 Spotify Playlist)
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT2CuvHMNPEOhYAzhLlLLqLw6oq1SJy25 (Bach Dance Project Videos)

    • 43 min
    Celebrating Composers of Color

    Celebrating Composers of Color

    The year 2020 was challenging for the entire world. We were not only facing the largest pandemic in a century, but here in America we were also continuing the fight toward true equality. And this is certainly true in the musical world as it is in so many fields. For too long, many incredibly gifted composers have not had their powerful voices heard and represented enough in the vast canon of orchestral literature. In this week’s episode Mike, Stephanie, and Jason share with you our list of 10 composers of color whose music you should know. We hope that you will find their work as compelling, beautiful, and rich as we do. This week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT2CuvHMNPENKozokIzxLIPBWmVRdfMZv (Celebrating Composers of Color – YouTube Playlist)
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Cn9pTm5upic8JxtxO5WjO?si=Z-UGGwM2R1S3FhNQlz6tyg (Celebrating Composers of Color – Spotify Playlist)
    · https://michaelabels.com/ (Michael Abels)
    · http://www.terenceblanchard.com/ (Terence Blanchard)
    · https://www.vcolemanmusic.com/ (Valerie Coleman)
    · https://www.glfcam.com/people/gabriela (Gabriela Lena Frank)
    · https://hannahkendall.co.uk/ (Hannah Kendall)
    · http://www.rayfieldallied.com/artists/daniel-kidane (Daniel Kidane)
    · https://www.jessiemontgomery.com/ (Jessie Montgomery)
    · https://www.npr.org/artists/686766837/florence-price (Florence Price)
    · http://www.errollynwallen.com/music?page=musicandid=collaborators (Errollyn Wallen)
    · https://www.shelleywashington.com/ (Shelley Washington)

    • 56 min
    Adam Schoenberg Still Likes Tequila

    Adam Schoenberg Still Likes Tequila

    You may remember way back in Episode Two we talked about American composer Adam Schoenberg, but hadn’t yet figured out how to incorporate guests into the podcast. This week we finally get the opportunity to chat with Adam in person about his current orchestral, film and tv projects, recording with the Kansas City Symphony and aged tequila, this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7aCt5cFaPUgK6UWm5ZZU4W?si=IY4hgZjdSGGb7r-4LqGNnQ (Episode 305 Playlist)
    https://soundcloud.com/adam-schoenberg/one-acquainted-with-the-night-2007 (Adam Schoenberg One Acquainted with the Night)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHiB60F3DkY (Adam Schoenberg Symphony No. 2 "Migration")
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vajhs2wBeCU (Anna Meredith Nautilus Official Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMSuKqLYsgI (Yves Dahramaj performs Dido's Lament "I Can't Breathe")

    • 46 min
    Probing Questions with Larry Rachleff

    Probing Questions with Larry Rachleff

    We chat this week with one of Stephanie and Mike's most influential teachers at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Maestro Larry Rachleff. Larry has conducted all over the world including right here with the Kansas City Symphony, but many musicians know him best as the conductor of the student orchestras at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has touched the lives of an untold number of aspiring young musicians. We chat with Larry and learn more about how he has truly shaped the culture of music, this week on Beethoven Walks into a Bar.
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/04Q0kFJU6SYgQ00MShNyDw?si=s3ht_gwsSp2103S3Na0EaA (Episode 304 Playlist)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtJ9FhwtthE (Debussy La Mer) - Recommended by Michael Gordon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8yOP9EUIY8 (J.S. Bach B Minor Mass - "Dona Nobis Pacem") - Recommended by Jason Seber
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFifaY_eZU0 (Beethoven Symphony No. 5) - Recommended by Larry Rachleff
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI5hoBGwOZw (Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet) - Recommended by Stephanie Brimhall

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Your boy Cammy T ,

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. 😊

Winds & Strings ,


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!

DowagerKC ,

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!

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