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January 11, 2014 7:58 AM

KC Symphony’s first concert of 2014 showcases concertmaster Noah Geller, Beethoven

The Kansas City Symphony’s first concert of the year began with bittersweet recollections from music director Michael Stern for R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., a founder of the orchestra, who died last week. Prefacing a Beethoven-influenced program, Stern described Kemper, like Beethoven, as a Promethean figure and dedicated to him the weekend’s performances in Helzberg Hall.

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