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Watch: KC Symphony playing national anthem at the World Series

Music director Michael Stern toasted the Royals after he led the Kansas City Symphony in a performance of the national anthem.
Music director Michael Stern toasted the Royals after he led the Kansas City Symphony in a performance of the national anthem. The Kansas City Star

So what was it like to perform the national anthem before Tuesday’s World Series game?

“It was fantastic,” said music director Michael Stern, who led 63 members of the Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Stadium before the Royals took on the San Francisco Giants in game six. “The energy was amazing.”

When Symphony members got the news at rehearsal Monday that they got the gig, “it was like Christmas,” said principal flute player Michael Gordon. The next thing he wanted to know: “Do we get tickets to the game?” Yup, and the musicians sat together afterward, high above the third base line.

Gordon said that standing on the field, taking in the panoramic view of the stadium, was unlike anything he’d ever experienced. “We felt like rock stars out there.”

Cellist John Eadie said the musicians are used to the intimate space of Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center, but “I still felt close” to the big crowd at The K. “It was just like unbelievable.”

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