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Barney Sherman

Classical Music Host

Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday and Sunday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications.

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9:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Season's Griot at 4PM, Paul Winter at 7PM

Madafo Lloyd Wilson, the acclaimed storyteller and musician who has hosted "A Season's Griot" for 19 years.

For a New Year's Eve change of pace, join us at 4PM for "A Season's Griot," public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson hosts this annual one-hour celebration of the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples. Then, at 7PM tune in for Paul Winter's annual Winter Solstice celebration concert from New York City.

Classical
2:34 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

Malkki's "Impressive" CSO Concert, Sunday

Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki
Credit c Simon Fowler, courtesy Harrison-Parrott

Join us Sunday at 2PM to hear Susanna Mälkki, the Finnish conductor who recently became the first woman ever to conduct at La Scala (they are inviting her back), in what critics called "easily the most impressive" Chicago Symphony debut of recent seasons. She conducts Debussy's La Mer (a specialty of hers), music for Shakespeare's The Tempest by her countryman Sibelius,  and .…but all shall be well  by the noted English composer Thomas Adès. And MacArthur "genius" Leila Josefowicz joins as soloist in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto.

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Classical
9:26 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Met "Tosca" Hits Stride with Radvanovsky

Sondra Radvanovsky as Floria Tosca in the Met's production
Credit Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Join us at noon for a live broadcast of "Tosca" from the Met. The production was booed when it premiered in 2011, but reworking has turned it into a success - largely because of Sondra Radvanovsky, whose "luminous performance breathed life" into the production, according to the New York Times. It called her Floria Tosca a "multidimensional, fiercely individual portrayal, grounded in her voice [which is] elegant and blooming." It also praised conductor Marco Armiliato for "shaping a dramatically animated and expressive performance."

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Classical
10:24 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

St. Olaf Festival Friday at 7 PM

Members of the St. Olaf Viking Chorus at the annual Christmas Festival.
Credit St. Olaf College

If you missed this year's St. Olaf Christmas concert, it was so good that we're reprising it Friday at 7 PM - join us! The LA Philharmonic, usually heard at this time, will be moving to a new weekly slot: check this space as we announce it as well as some exciting new programs starting in January!

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Classical
11:09 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Britten Serenade, Spring Symphony from NY

Benjamin Britten
Credit wikipedia

Join us Thursday at 7PM as the New York Philharmonic performs two masterpieces of Benjamin Britten to honor his centennial. In both works, Britten took his texts from great English poets: Tennyson, Keats, Blake and others in the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and Milton, Blake, Spenser, Auden among others in the Spring Symphony. Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloists include soprano Kate Royal and tenor Paul Appleby (fresh from his success at the Met in Nico Muhly's Two Boys).

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Classical
9:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

St. Olaf, Stile Antico, Handel, and more!

The St. Olaf Viking Chorus at the St. Olaf Christmas Concert
Credit American Public Media

The perfect Christmas music continues December 25th  on IPR Classical with: Chanticleer at 8AM; the St. Olaf Christmas Festival at 9AM; Stile Antico singing luminous Elizabethan music of Thomas Tallis and Willian Byrd at 11, followed by Chicago’s Music of the Baroque at noon with glorious music not just from the Baroque but also from modern Estonia and England. Then, at 2PM, hear a complete Handel “Messiah” from Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society led by Harry Christophers.

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Classical
9:40 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Festival of 9 Lessons, Tallis, Morehouse & More!

Members of the combined chorus of the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs
Credit Morehouse College

At 10AM, hear this year's "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" live from King's College, Cambridge on IPR Classical. Then, at 11 AM, the Tallis Scholars - celebrating their 40th anniversary - present a beautiful concert from Boston. At noon, hear this year's Christmas at Luther, recorded in Decorah. But wait, there's more!

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Classical
10:09 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

DMMO's "Amahl" Sunday at Noon

A detail from the painting that inspired Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl" - Hieronymus Bosch's "The Adoration of the Magi."
Credit wikipedia

Join us at noon to hear Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" from the Des Moines Metro Opera. This modern classic tells the story of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, discovering the healing power of love while giving shelter to the three Wise Men. This Performance Iowa broadcast was recorded on December 6-7, 2013, with Pierce Mansfield as Amahl, Julie Makerov as Amahl’s mother, and Todd Thomas as King Melchior.

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Classical
5:16 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

"Nutcracker," Bach, Handel & More Monday!

Ballet Quad Cities performing the Nutcracker.
Credit Orchestraiowa.com

Join us Monday at 7PM to hear Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, recorded earlier this month in Cedar Rapids, featuring Orchestra Iowa in collaboration with Ballet Quad Cities. Earlier, at 3 PM, tune in for "A Carol Festival" from Valparaiso University, followed at 4 by "Glad Tidings of Great Joy," with music of Bach, Purcell, and others from Medieval Germany through Baroque Germany, all performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, directed by Paul Elliott.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
4:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Favorite Classical CDs of 2013

When I spoke with Charity Nebbe about favorite classical CDs of 2013, time was short, so I cut my list to 10 that I thought might appeal to the widest range of listeners. But my actual list is much longer.

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Best Music Of 2013
4:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Top Folk and Classical Music of 2013

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer were one of Karen Impola's top picks for 2013
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Host Charity Nebbe is joined by IPR music host Barney Sherman to talk about the top classical music of 2013, and Karen Impola talks about some of the best folk music of the year.  Listen to some excerpts and a little info about the artist and performances. Scroll down for the full list of selections.

Barney Sherman's top classical music: [NOTE: Barney's complete list of 28 CDs can be found at this link]:

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Classical
10:26 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

"Excellent" Handel "Messiah" from NY

Handel, about 22 years before he composed Messiah
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Thursday at 7PM for the first of several "Messiahs" this month on IPR - this one a highly praised concert by the New York Philharmonic under Gary Thor Wedow. The New York Times called it "excellent, with "a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus." The Times also raved about some of the soloists, and said that "the audience, standing for the Hallelujah Chorus, applauded and cheered at the end of that section."

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Classical
2:40 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert

Jason Weinberger and the wfcsymphony in rehearsal
Credit Noah Henscheid, from wcfso.org

Join us Monday at 7PM as Jason Weinberger and the wcfsymphony perform Christmas (and other) music of Bach, Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Bach includes selections from his cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, plus the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Kathleen Sihler and Ute Brandenburg on violas. Music from Handel's Messiah and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning.

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Classical
8:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Verdi's Falstaff with Met/Levine, Carsen

"Everyone plays the fool, and he who laughs last laughs best" - the final chorus of Verdi's Falstaff from the Met's new production
Credit Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Tune in at noon to hear how Verdi improves on Shakespeare in the comic masterpiece Falstaff,  premiered when the composer was 80.  James Levine conducts Falstaff better than anyone else, and Robert Carsen's new Met production (updating the action to postwar England) is winning raves, as is Ambrogio Maestri - the 6' 5" Italian baritone who, says, the New York Times, "simply owns the role of Falstaff."

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Classical
11:14 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Conrad Tao's Kennedy Tribute at 6 PM on PT

Conrad Tao, composer and pianist
Credit Lauren Farmer

Join us tonight at 6 PM to hear a new work written for the Dallas Symphony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The composer is Conrad Tao, the 19-year-old  American pianist/composer whose first CD is one of our picks-of-the-year. The work is titled The World Is Very Different Now and is performed by the Symphony and its music director, Jaap van Zweden.

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Classical
9:45 am
Wed December 11, 2013

2013's Top Classical CD's: Barney Talks w. Charity

Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider, "Winter Morning Walks" - one of our choices for best CDs of 2013.

Its' been a great year for classical CDs! At 10:30, Barney Sherman will share ten (plus one) of his picks of the year with Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa - and playing many more than ten on his show every afternoon. If you have any particular favorite classical CDs of the year, please let us know!

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Classical
5:07 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

"The Nutcracker": Join Us Behind the Scenes

Credit Michael O'Brien Photography from flickr.com

Join us Monday at 7PM for "A Journey Through the Nutcracker." James David Jacobs goes behind the scenes of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, uncovering the secrets of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece with conductor Jonathan McPhee, cast members, and the audience at the Boston Opera House.

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Classical
4:38 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Midori's Mendelssohn, Gubaidulina's Fairytale

Sofia Gubaidulina, one of Russia's great living composers, whose career blossomed internationally after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Credit © St.Petersburg Contemporary Music Center "reMusik.org".

Join us Tuesday at 7PM to hear Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto played by Midori, and the "Fairytale Poem" for orchestra by one of today's great composers, Sofia Gubaidulina, in a concert from the Houston Symphony. The Russian master wrote her "Fairytale" during the Soviet era; its hero is a piece of chalk - who stands for "the creative artist's destiny." Also on the program is Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 2. Conducting is Andres Orozco Estrada, the young Columbian violinist and conductor whom Houston recently chose as its next Music Director.

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Classical
3:51 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Sarah Jane McMahon on Performance Iowa

Soprano Sarah Jane McMahon
Credit Dan Jahn Photography

Tune in Sunday at noon to hear the Des Moines Metro Opera recital of Sarah Jane McMahon on Performance Iowa.  Sarah has sung recently with the San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, and Wiener Konzert Haus, in addition to singing opposite Placido Domingo in a gala concert. She has received The New York Times Kolozsvar Award for her performance as Galatea in Handel's Acis and Galatea and received their praise as "the most polished and flexible singer in the cast" and a "silvery-voiced soprano." 

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Classical
3:44 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

CSO: Pollini's Mozart, Muti's Schumann

Maurizio Pollini
Credit Mathias Borth/ DG

Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the legendary Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini performs the Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 (the best-known of them all) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by music director Riccardo Muti. Also on the program is Schumann's Symphony no. 3, "The Rhenish," and music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Haydn.

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Classical
8:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Met Returns with "Rigoletto," Saturday

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Matthew Polenzani in the Met's new production of "Rigoletto"
Credit Ken Howard/Met

Saturday at noon hear the Metropolitan Opera return to IPR with Verdi's Rigoletto.  Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, says the New York Times, brings "tragic stature" to the "oppressed" title character; he "claims this role on his own terms, infusing phrases with dusky richness and shaping melodic lines with  elegance." As his daughter, Irina Lungu conveys "restlessness and sensual yearning" with a voice of "bloom and warmth." Matthew Polenzani is the Duke, and the 35-year-old Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes what the Times calls "an auspicious Met d

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9:43 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Persson's Bach, Labadie's Mozart from NY

Swedish soprano Miah Persson
Credit c Mina artistbilder (courtesy Askonas Holt)

Join us tonight at 7 as soprano Miah Persson - a renowned interpreter of Bach and Mozart - sings Bach's dazzling Cantata 51 (with trumpet soloist Philip Smith) then joins a team of star soloists as the New York Philharmonic gives a "glowing" performance of Mozart's Requiem under Bernard Labadie (the adjective comes from The New York Times).

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Classical
10:21 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Yannick & Philadelphia at Carnegie

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Credit Marco Borggreve, courtesy www.yannicknezetseguin.com

The Philadelphia Orchestra is back in its glory, and its 38-year-old music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a big part of the reason.  Tonight at 7, hear the inspiring Canadian and the fabulous Philadelphians in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance. They perform Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (with Leonidas Kavakos), and the Shostakovich Fifth.

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Classical
9:29 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Heppner, Stemme in Houston's "Tristan"

A scene from Houston Grand Opera's Tristan und Isolde - an innovative production done in collaboration with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Credit Houston Grand Opera

Join us at noon for the opera that changed music: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. As Tristan is no less than Ben Heppner, "open-hearted, in robust and thrilling voice… His Tristan is less a hero and more a tortured, troubled soul, filled with longing, pride, and confusion." As Isolde is Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, who "fascinates by her ability to combine vocal beauty with dramatic force."

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Classical
9:25 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Adam's "Gospel According to the Other Mary"

Composer John Adams
Credit Margaretta Mitchell (used by permission)

Join us Friday night at 7 to hear one of the most talked-about works of the decade, John Adam's The Gospel According to the Other Mary.  Adams and his collaborator Peter Sellars, the path-breaking director, combine New Testament stories with contemporary Latin-American poetry, the approach they pioneered so successfully in El Niño. In this performance, Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic. PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate the full broadcast on Friday night, Exploring Music will begin an hour later than usual, at 10 PM.

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Classical
8:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

"Concerto Evening" on IPR Classical

Mitsuko Uchida, DBE, conducting Mozart from the keyboard
Credit Roger Mastroianni courtesy Arts Management Group

Tonight from 5-9 PM you can hear concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, and Vivaldi, in live concert performances by some of today's great soloists. First, during Performance Today, Dame Mitsuko Uchida performs Mozart's radiant Piano Concerto no. 23 in A, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard. Then Argentine legend Martha Argerich solos in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 and Schumann's Piano Concerto.

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Classical
6:51 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

The Planets Revisited with the wcfsymphony

Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Credit Noah Henscheid courtesy wcfsymphony @flick.com

Join us Monday at 7PM to explore The Planets, with the music of Gustav Holst  and insights from artist Gary Kelley and music director Jason Weinberger, who conducts the wcfsymphony. This Symphonies of Iowa rebroadcast was produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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Classical
11:49 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Capucons, Haitink, CSO in Brahms

French string geniuses Renaud Capuçon on violin and Gautier Capuçon on cello.
Credit MARTINŮ FESTTAGE on flckr.com

Tune in Sunday at 2pm as the Chicago Symphony explores Brahms. The esteemed Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the First  Symphony, and the phenomenal French brothers Renaud Capuçon on violin and Gautier Capuçon on cello perform the Double Concerto. The program begins with Haydn's so-called "Clock" symphony.

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Classical
6:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical

Benjamin Britten, born Nov. 22 1913

Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter.

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Classical
9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Houston "Don Giovanni" Saturday @noon

Malin Christensson (Zerlina), Michael Sumuel (Masetto) from the Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni
Credit Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Join us Saturday as Trevor Pinnock conducts Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Houston Grand Opera. Adrian Eröd is the Don, Veronika Dzhioeva is Donna Elvira, and Morris Robinson is the Commendatore.

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