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Kansas City Symphony and Chorus record tribute to Royals

“Go Royals!” says Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern.
“Go Royals!” says Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern. YouTube

It’s not every day that we get to see Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern in a baseball jersey. Today is that day as the symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus pay a fun, classy tribute to the Kansas City Royals.

The groups recorded “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Wednesday night, with many of the players and singers, like Stern, wearing Royals gear.

In the video, posted on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo, Stern begins with a special greeting for the team.

“Hey K.C. sports fans, we’ve all got Royals fever. We’ve been waiting 29 years for this. Go Royals!” he says.

A parade of players and singers are then shown cheering, “Go Royals,” behind the scenes at the Kauffman Center.

The symphony has classical concerts scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, going head-to-head against the Royals, who not ideally play on the same days.

But not to worry, symphony-loving baseball fans. The musicians are excited about the World Series, too, and symphony officials have promised to offer score updates and other surprises from the stage.

(Another image we’d pay money to see: Stern conducting with a baseball bat.)

Before they perform on the video, Stern delivers one more vote of confidence.

“Every time we’re in Helzberg hall we try to hit it out of the park, and you’re going to do it this week,” he tells the Royals.

Enjoy this. We sure did.

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