Barney Sherman http://iowapublicradio.org en Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mighty-wurlitzer-returns-cr-mahler-walton <p>The 2008 Cedar Rapids flood badly damaged the Wurlitzer organ at the Paramount Theatre, but it is now fully restored, and this March was unveiled in concert. For its victorious return, Orchestra Iowa chose two masterpieces that need a huge organ: Walton’s splendid <em>Te Deum</em> and Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony. With two choruses, two soloists and full orchestra, this colossal performance brought together the largest ensemble ever to appear at the Paramount. Jacqueline Halbloom produced and hosts IPR's broadcast as part of our Symphonies of Iowa series.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 39411 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bachs-passions-guides-npr-more <p>Careful writers think twice before using superlatives, but it's safe to say that<strong> Bach’s <em>St. Matthew Passion </em></strong>is&nbsp;the greatest musical work ever written for Good Friday services. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:16:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 39306 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sirotabrahms-wcfso-monday-7-pm <p class="mti_font_element" style="border: 0px; font-family: 'DIN Next W01 Regular', sans-serif; line-height: 18px; vertical-align: baseline; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(76, 76, 76);">Violist Nadia Sirota&nbsp;- a leading advocate of new music, and former student of Jason Weinberger - recently joined the WCFSymphony&nbsp;to perform "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" - works written for her by Judd Greenstein and Daniel Bjarnson. Then Weinberger&nbsp;led the orchestra in the sumptuous (but violin-free) Serenade no. 2 of Brahms. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:12:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 39062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-826-residency-ipr-studio-session <p>What led three awesome soloists - Julia Bullard (viola), Hannah Holman (cello), and Susanna Klein (violin) -&nbsp; to form an ensemble, and why did they call it "Trio 826"? Hear the answers, and examples of their superb playing, in the live session they broadcast from IPR's studio last fall. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:05:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 38894 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... http://iowapublicradio.org/post/concert-review-wcfsymphony-takes-us-there <p><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa" target="_blank">Iowa's amazing classical &nbsp;month&nbsp;</a></strong>continues with <a href="http://www.trio826.com/#!live/cqnr" target="_blank"><strong>Trio 826 i</strong>n Cedar Falls and Rock Island</a>&nbsp;(watch this space), the <a href="https://dmsymphony.org/events/masterworks-6-giunta-conducts-beethoven-eroica/" target="_blank"><strong>Des Moines Symphony</strong>&nbsp;in <strong>Beethoven's Eroica Symphony</strong> and <strong>Violin Concerto</strong></a> this weekend, <strong><a href="http://events.kw Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:26:36 +0000 Barney Sherman 38855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/art-joins-science-crossroads-project <p><strong><a href="http://www.thecrossroadsproject.org/calendar.html" target="_blank">Tonight at the University of Iowa College of Public Health,</a> </strong>the award-winning composer <strong>Laura Kaminsky</strong>, painter <strong>Rebecca Allen</strong>, physicist <strong>Robert Davies,&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The F</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>r</strong>y Street Quartet</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will join forces for an interdisciplinary exploration of </span><stro Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:31:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 38780 at http://iowapublicradio.org Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart http://iowapublicradio.org/post/oi-shines-lvb-dmitri-barber-mozart <p>Mozart was 23 when he wrote a concerto so rich that not even he would ever surpass it. It's for Violin and Viola (K. 364) and when Orchestra Iowa performed the work recently, &nbsp;i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nstead of bringing in touring soloists, they shined the spotlight on their own &nbsp;first violinist Luke&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Witchger&nbsp;and principal violist Lisa&nbsp;Ponton.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; They were amazing:</span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:51:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 38697 at http://iowapublicradio.org OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa <div><div><strong><em>Just an ordinary weekend in Iowa: </em></strong>Sure, if you were in London you could hear the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Beethoven and Bruckner, and next weekend, see Sadler's Wells dance a&nbsp;Stravinsky&nbsp;double-bill. But think of the traffic and the cost of living! Meanwhile, here in Iowa? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:57:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 38616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/eyes-ears-osmo-sibelius-5-tonight-6 <p>When someone shouted "<strong>Osmo, come home</strong>,” it touched off&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"five minutes of clamorous applause, which quickly turned rhythmic." That demonstration was in Minneapolis this weekend, says the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/arts/music/no-decisions-yet-on-minnesota-ensembles-conductor.html?hpw&amp;rref=arts" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">New York Times</a>, which adds:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ince m</span><span style="l Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:44:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 38413 at http://iowapublicradio.org Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 Mozart Soiree from WCFSO @7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mozart-soiree-wcfso-7-pm <p>Travel back in time tonight to hear the WCFSymphony's re-creation of&nbsp; a Mozart soiree, recorded live at Waterloo’s newly-restored Brown Derby Ballroom. The elegant interior was the perfect setting for an array of Mozartian gems, culminating in the Symphony no. 40. Soloists included soprano Suzanne Lommler and Artistic Director Jason Weinberger on clarinet. Jacqueline Halbloom hosts this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Barney Sherman 38019 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mozart Soiree from WCFSO @7 PM Iowa Arts Showcase Today @ 11AM or 5PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-today-11am-or-5pm <p>Join Jacqueline Halbloom to hear about four musical events coming up in Iowa next month:</p><ul><li>The <strong>Metropolitan Chorale'</strong>s 60th&nbsp;Anniversary Concert</li><li>The Iowa recital of the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Ukrainian pianist<strong> Vadym Kholodenko</strong></li><li>The UI School of Music's<strong> Die Fledermaus </strong>at the Englert</li><li>The Des Moines recital of award-winning French classical guitarist <strong>Judicael Perroy</strong></li></ul> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:05:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 37953 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase Today @ 11AM or 5PM Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/happy-bachs-sort-birthday-0 <p></p><p>It's Bach's Birthday! - or is it? The calendars in Eisenach on the day of his birth read March 21st, but back in 1685 Thuringians were&nbsp; still using the Julian calendar, so our equivalent date is "March 31st," ("equivalent" in being about ten days after the vernal equinox). But old habits die hard, especially addictive ones, and Bach is by far my primary addiction. How about if we just party for ten days?</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:43:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 37906 at http://iowapublicradio.org Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-orchestras-make-music-about-iowa <p>Iowa's orchestras are commissioning works&nbsp;about Iowa; but how can music without words convey anything about a place? Some examples:</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:51:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 37707 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-zingarescas-studio-set-ipr <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. They told Barney Sherman about&nbsp;composing Roma&nbsp;music in Moscow,&nbsp;performing with Eugene&nbsp;Hutz&nbsp;at Madonna's birthday party, and reading&nbsp;a scene in Dostoevsky that connects Roma and Klezmer&nbsp;musicians. And they demonstrated the special sound and style of their instruments. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:12:53 +0000 Barney Sherman 37486 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux http://iowapublicradio.org/post/post-3-what-makes-it-classical-pt-deux <p>I’ve put it off all week, but the public clamor is getting overwhelming…um, would you believe a single email?... so: On to the follow-up! In my <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music" target="_blank">last post,</a> I explained why my trusty ideas about “what makes music classical” now seem confused, and I promised to follow up with a more viable approach. Here's a start. I don’t want to oversell it; at best, it’s only part of the answer. But for me, it helps clear at least some of the fog.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:23:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 37094 at http://iowapublicradio.org Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-fathoms-studio-renaissance-set <p>If you missed the in-studio live set of Renaissance music by Fathom, not to worry - Fortune has smiled on you! You can listen to the mp3 with the widget below or to a WAV file <a href="https://soundcloud.com/barneysherman/the-fathom-early-music" target="_blank">at this link.</a>&nbsp; The group performed music written from the 1400s through February, 2014 (by Mary Larew, a native of Iowa and member of Fathom), all of it focused on the theme of Lady Luck. The six members of Fathom each have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:08:33 +0000 Barney Sherman 36982 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowas-beethoven-7-italian-gems <p>Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa performs "the apotheosis of the dance" - Beethoven's wildly inspired Seventh Symphony - preceded by two neglected Italian masterpieces. Nino Rota is best known for his film scores for Fellini and Coppola, but was even more important as a concert composer, and double-bass virtuoso Volkan Orhon shows what we've been missing in the Divertimento Concertante. And Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne is an inexplicably neglected beauty, as Tim Hankewich and the orchestra demonstrate in this concert recorded at the Paramount in Cedar Rapids. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 36959 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-settecento-italian-baroque-ames <p>Join us Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear selections from the Ames concert by one of today's leading Baroque ensembles, Trio Settecento. Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, cellist/ gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader perform music of the Italian Baroque as guests of Ames Town and Gown. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:09:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 36945 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames Nadia Sirota's Studio One concert tonight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nadia-sirotas-studio-one-concert-tonight <p>Tune in during tonights' 7PM hour as a groundbreaking artist combines her viola and her iPad to create music that's hard to classify&nbsp; (but of amazing beauty). Nadia Sirota is performing this weekend with the wcfsymphony and Jason Weinberger&nbsp; - but also works with Arcade Fire, My Brightest Diamond, Grizzly Bear, Jónsi and other hard-to-classify artists. She's part of a new wave for which there's no adequate word quite yet - but you can catch it tonight! Al Schares hosts this Live from Studio One broadcast.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:25:55 +0000 Barney Sherman 36899 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nadia Sirota's Studio One concert tonight Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fathoms-live-renaissance-set-3-pm <p>Tune in at 3pm for a live in-studio concert of Renaissance music by the NY-based group Fathom.&nbsp; Its six members, including two Iowans, have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36821 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM Nadia Sirota @IPRClassical on Tuesday http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nadia-sirota-iprclassical-tuesday <p>At 4 PM Tuesday, go behind the scenes at Iowa Public Radio's studios on the UNI campus for a live taping with wcfsymphony soloist and musical explorer Nadia Sirota. IPR on-air personalities will lead you on a tour of the recently renovated studios, followed by a talk-and-play taping with Nadia (to be broadcast later). Sirota&nbsp;is a leading new music advocate, who next weekend will perform “beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year,” with the wcfsymphony. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:28:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 36735 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nadia Sirota @IPRClassical on Tuesday Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kristallnacht-commemoration-monday-7 <p>There's another chance to hear&nbsp;wcfsymphony’s commemoration of the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that some believe marked the beginning of the Final Solution. The concert was organized by Jason Weinberger, who tells Jacqueline Halbloom about his four grandparents, all of whom survived Nazi camps, and leads a host of musicians and speakers from around the community. Participants included Hunter Capoccioni, Cedar Valley Chamber Musicians, the Metropolitan Chorale, the Wartburg Choir, the Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff, and Lee Nelson. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:44:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 36625 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music <div dir="ltr"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Quick</strong>: <strong>define “classical music.”</strong> &nbsp;It may sound easy, but most of <em>my </em>attempts have been dead ends. They don't get you to much of the music.&nbsp;<strong>Later I’ll discuss a definition that I think works -&nbsp;</strong>it covers everything, and helps explain why classical music matters to us. But first let me give you <strong>a tour of some of the blind alleys.</strong></span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:27:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36373 at http://iowapublicradio.org Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tallis-fantasia-scottish-fantasy-dmso <p>Hear Joe Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams's <em>Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis </em>and a lesser-known gem, based on Scottish folk melodies, Max Bruch's <em>Scottish Fantasy. </em>The soloist in the Bruch is&nbsp;the award-winning young Japanese violinist&nbsp;Fumiaki Miura. Also on the program: Wagner's <em>Rienzi </em>Overture and Richard Strauss's <em>Rosenkavalier </em>suite. The broadcast, on Sunday at 12 noon and Monday at 7PM, is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:36:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 36347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mets-woman-without-shadow-noon <p>Richard Strauss scored "Die Frau ohne Schatten" for, count 'em, 164 instruments; the percussion alone include "glass harmonica, 4 timpani, 5 Chinese gongs, cymbals, snare drum, rute, sleigh bells, bass drum, tenor drum, big field drum, triangle, tambourine, 2 castanets, tamtam, whip (slapstick), xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, 2 celestas." Budgets alone would make performance rare, as do&nbsp;scenery challenges (like a golden waterfall and, we're not making this up, children singing out of a frying pan). Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:06:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 36328 at http://iowapublicradio.org Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hadelich-overcomes-injury-attains-greatness <p>Doctors told 15-year-old violin prodigy&nbsp;Augustin Hadelich he would never play again. A tractor fire at his family's farm had badly burned his upper body, including his bowing arm. But after many months of physical therapy Hadelich came back - and now, at age 29, he has won top international awards, been entrusted with two consecutive Stradivarius violins, and earned praise from critics like Alex Ross, who wrote in <em>The New Yorker </em>that Hadelich&nbsp;has not only "fast-fingered brilliance" but also "the musicality and freewheeling fantasy that... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:08:19 +0000 Barney Sherman 36099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness Orchestra Iowa players: Haydn, Mozart, Brahms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowa-players-haydn-mozart-brahms <p>Join us tonight at 7 to hear Orchestra Iowa principal players delight with masterpieces for horn by Haydn and Mozart and a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">supreme works for string by Brahms. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:58:37 +0000 Barney Sherman 36060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa players: Haydn, Mozart, Brahms Orchestra Iowa soloists shine in 3 gems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowa-soloists-shine-3-gems <p>Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as four Orchestra Iowa members perform overlooked gems by Mozart, Schubert and Faure. They start with an unfinished String Trio by the teenage Schubert, continue with a Piano Trio in C major that Mozart wrote while working on his "Jupiter" Symphony, then come<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> together for a powerful Piano Quartet in G Minor by </span>Faure, his second<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:21:51 +0000 Barney Sherman 36018 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa soloists shine in 3 gems Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS http://iowapublicradio.org/post/herrera-weill-black-history-month-ias <p>Join Jacqueline Halbloom at 5PM&nbsp;as Iowa Arts Showcase finds out about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallcorn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jazz Festival,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a Kurt </span>Weill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> show with poetry by Langston Hughes, and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 03:13:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 35986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/renees-rusalka-o-say-was-44 <p>How do you top a Super Bowl triumph?<strong> Renee Fleming </strong>does it by returning to a signature role - the love-struck sprite <strong>Rusalka </strong>in <strong>Dvorak's </strong>beautiful opera. Saturday at noon you can hear it live from the Metropolitan Opera on IPR&nbsp; - OR watch it live in HD video in theaters in <span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Ames, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Dubuque, Des Moines, Grinnell, and Iowa City. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:40:32 +0000 Barney Sherman 35907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?)