A Mighty wind

The Kansas City Symphony Chamber Players get their war on today. For the first of two free concerts at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial (100 West 26th Street), the ensemble gears up for Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds and L’Histoire du Soldat. The latter, which reinterprets a Faustian folk tale from old Russia, gives today’s program its name: “A Soldier’s Tale. The composer’s dark, mournful elegy for a Europe broken by World War I has been revived in recent years with an eye to the conflict in Iraq, though today’s performance favors intimacy over politics. On March 28, hear Poulenc’s Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone; Prokofiev’s Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass; Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik for Wind Quintet; and Ravel’s Quartet for Strings in F Major. Both concerts are at 2 p.m. Reservations are required; get your free tickets by calling 816-471-0400. Tickets for today’s concert must be reserved by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6.

Fri., March 7, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 28, 2 p.m., 2008