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Kansas City Symphony to play national anthem on Royals' opening day

The Kansas City Symphony played the national anthem before game six of the World Series on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Kansas City Symphony played the national anthem before game six of the World Series on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Symphony, which played the national anthem at game six of the World Series last year, will do it again on the Royals’ opening day.

On Thursday, the Royals announced a special extended pregame ceremony that will start at 2:09 p.m. before Monday’s home opener against the Chicago White Sox.

Game time is 3:10 p.m.

During the ceremony players will receive their 2014 American League championship rings and the AL pennant flag will be raised.

The Royals encourage fans to be in their seats by at least 2 p.m. The gates to Kauffman Stadium will open at 1 p.m.

The national anthem will be played at 3:03 p.m. The symphony’s music director Michael Stern will conduct about 56 members of the orchestra, as he did at the World Series.

Stargazing was there that night in October and heard the thunderous applause the city’s orchestra received after it performed so magnificently for, well, the world.

Give a listen again. It stirs the soul.

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