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Jacqueline Halbloom

Classical Music Host

Jacqueline Halbloom, now in her 14th year in classical public radio, currently serves as Iowa Public Radio’s producer and host of Symphonies of Iowa, Performance Iowa and Iowa Arts Showcase. In addition to her on-air duties, Jacqueline serves on the Friends board of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  A true lover of music and public radio, Jacqueline is indeed a great advocate for the fine arts in Iowa.

She brings to her work a background both practical and theoretical: Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Education, which she used as a teacher of orchestra students. As a player, she performed in the viola section of the Eugene Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony (now known as Orchestra Iowa).  She is adequately familiar with the numerous slanders against the viola versus the violin. (Why is a viola more useful than a violin?  Being larger, it burns longer).  Even after many bad jokes, Jacqueline remains positive about music and public radio’s ability to enrich the lives of all who listen.

Jacqueline's favorite shows are University Concert and Choral Tradition.

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Classical
5:57 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Double Feature of "Don Giovanni" Live Broadcasts

Baritone Christopher Burchett performs as the title role in the CROT production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni"
Peter Konerko

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to bring you two special live broadcasts this January featuring the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The first broadcast showcases several cast members in a snapshot Studio One performance on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at noon. The second is Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa live broadcast of the opera from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

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Classical
1:54 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Iowa's Met Opera Auditions, U.S.A.F.'s Midwest Winds, and more for January

Competitors in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Iowa State Center

Ring in the New Year with a host of Iowa arts events around the state. The January Iowa Arts Showcase features:

  • Dr. Don Simonson, ISU’s Professor of Music and Voice Division Chair, and Sara Compton, the Outreach Coordinator for Iowa State Center, talking about the Metropolitan Opera National Council Iowa District Auditions
  • Captain Jason Plosch, Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America from the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, discussing upcoming Iowa concerts featuring the Midwest Winds Woodwind Quintet
  • Operatic star Sydney Mancasola, sharing details about her career and her January 11th recital hosted by the Des Moines Metro Opera Guild
  • Internationally acclaimed pianist, André Watts, outlining his upcoming January performance celebrating  the 90th Anniversary of the Des Moines Civic Music Association
  • And William Ferrara, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s guest stage director, revealing details about the CROT’s January production of Mozart’s, Don Giovanni.
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Classical
3:35 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular" 2013 Concert Features Wintertime Favorites

Dancers perform at Orchestra Iowa's annual "Holiday Spectacular" concert.
Credit Orchestra Iowa

Join Iowa Public Radio and Orchestra Iowa in celebrating this year's winter celebrations with Orchestra Iowa's 2013 Holiday Spectacular concert on Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m., Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m., and again on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. Orchestra Iowa performs holiday favorites including Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride, and carols like The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Deck the Halls.

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Classical
11:29 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Ring in the Holidays with the wcfsymphony and Met Chorale!

Jason Weinberger, the wcfsymphony, and the Metropolitan prepare to perform selections from Handel's "Messiah"
wcfsymphony

      Please join Iowa Public Radio Classical as they ring in the holidays with selections from Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah. The wcfsymphony and Metropolitan Chorale joined forces to present their SING concert, which was led by the wcfsymphony’s Artistic Director and Conductor Jason Weinberger. This concert was to commemorate the Metropolitan Chorale’s 60th Anniversary and the wcfsymphony’s 85th. Guest soloists for the program were Leia Lensing and Megan Grey, University of Northern Iowa students.

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Classical
1:48 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DMMO's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Fosters Perfect Holiday Spirit this Christmas Eve

The three wise men watch as Amahl and his mother converse
Des Moines Metro Opera

This Christmas Eve, settle in with a cup of egg nog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December of 2013. This one act opera depicts the three Wise Men stopping for shelter at the home of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they journey to find the newborn Child. Soprano Julie Makerov performs the role of the mother, and middle school boy soprano Pierce Mansfield portrays her son, Amahl. Bass-baritone W.

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Classical
3:11 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

2013-14 Symphonies of Iowa Season Comes to a Close!

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present the final Symphonies of Iowa broadcast for 2014. The encore broadcast will feature the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 7: Season Finale – Brahms, Grosvenor & Afternoon of a Faun performance. This statewide broadcast can be heard Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m.  Tune in to hear The Des Moines Symphony’s triumphant final concert of their 2013-2014 season. The program opens with Roman Carnival Overture.

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Classical
5:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

December IAS features Brucemore, Panther Marching Band, Don Giovanni, The Nutcracker, and more!

An inside view of Brucemore Mansion, decorated for the holidays
Brucemore

December is packed with holiday arts events. This month’s Iowa Public Radio Iowa Arts Showcase features:

  • Brucemore Mansion’s Manager of Interpretation and Collections Jessica Peel-Austin sharing details about the historic site’s holiday events and the mansion’s Skinner Player Pipe Organ Preservation Project
  • University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band director Dr. Danial Galyen previewing the band’s upcoming performance in the London New Year’s Day Parade
  • Daniel Kleinknecht talking about the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s January production of Mozart’s master work, Don Giovanni
  •  Iowa State University’s professor Janice Baker reveling in Stephens Auditorium’s 34th annual Nutcracker Ballet Performance
  • And Cedar Falls artist and illustrator Gary Kelley discussing his children’s book “Harlem Hellfighters,” which was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best children’s books of the year
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Classical
1:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Orchestra Iowa's Brucemorchestra Encore Concert on Thanksgiving Day

Orchestra Iowa prepares to perform on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids.
Orchestra Iowa

Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we present a rebroadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s 2014 Brucemorchestra concert. Our Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Classical
4:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Veterans Day Broadcast: Yankee Doodle Pops

Des Moines Symphony

In honor of Veterans Day and our nation’s veterans, Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present highlights from the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert which was recorded July 3rd on the West Terrace lawn of our state’s capital building. The performance will feature patriotic favorites, a tribute medley to Glenn Miller, and a performance of the National Anthem by Samuel Nolte the winner of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest.

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Classical
4:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

November IAS features the Co'Motion Dance Theatre, Cedar Valley House Concerts and more!

Dan Eldon, Mogadishu 7 April 1993
Dan Eldon

As you start to plan for Thanksgiving, prepare to mark your calendars with these exciting arts events already happening this month in Iowa. The November Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Kathy Eldon on the life and photographs of her son, Dan Eldon, currently on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in “The Restless Spirit: American Art from the Collection”

·         Iowa Public Radio’s producer Tony Dehner delving into the Cedar Valley House Concerts, hosted by Darice Mangin.

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Classical
3:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Opera in October Wraps Up with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's "Carmen"

Iowa native mezzo soprano, Janara Kellerman, returned to the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October series comes to a dramatic close with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s thrilling performance of Bizet’s Carmen. Their production, originally broadcast in January of this year at the Parmount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd on IPR Classical.

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Classical
1:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Luther College Opera's Puccini Double Featured on Opera in October

Luther College Opera's production of Puccini's "Suor Angelica"
Luther College

Opera in October features a Puccini double header this weekend with Opera at Luther’s productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, airing on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.

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Classical
2:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Opera in October features DMMO's "Le Comte Ory" This Weekend

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory"
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week on Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October, the Des Moines Metro Opera provides glorious singing and musical mayhem with Rossini’s comedic Le Comte Ory. Their 42nd Festival Season production of Le Comte Ory will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

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Classical
12:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Exclusive IPR Interviews for Dead Man Walking, featured this week on Opera in October

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"
Des Moines Metro Opera

This summer the Des Moines Metro Opera presented their 42nd Festival Season at Blank Center for the Performing Arts on the Simpson College campus in Indianola. The mainstage performances included Verdi’s La Traviata, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Heggie’s work, based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, tells the story of a nun acting as a spiritual guide to a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murder. It offers a haunting inside look at capital punishment in America. Here is what Opera News and Opera Today had to say about the Des Moines Metro Opera's production:

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Classical
2:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Des Moines Metro Opera's "Dead Man Walking" on Opera in October This Week

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking."
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week’s Opera in October features the Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera as part of their 42nd Festival Season, airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.

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Classical
1:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

October IAS features NE Iowa Artists' Studio Tour, author Patrick Hicks, "Carousel", and more!

Patrick Hicks, author of "The Commandant of Lubizec" and UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education guest speaker.
Jamie Horter

All the fall arts events are in full swing this month as we bring you another edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase on Iowa Public Radio Classical. October features:

  • Carl Homstad, artist and participant in the Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour
  • Patrick Hicks, author and guest of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Bernard McDonald and Jennifer Nostrala, directors of Simpson College’s production of “Carousel”
  • Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana
  • Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

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Classical
2:58 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Opera in October 2014 Kicks Off with Des Moines Metro Opera and Verdi's La Traviata

The cast of the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October continues for its third year showcasing Opera performances in Iowa. The series kicks off with presentations of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 42nd Festival Season on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. 

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Classical
1:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Hear "Brucemorchestra! An American Salute" Live TONIGHT at 7:00

Conductor Tim Hankewich and Orchestra Iowa perform on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids for Brucemorchestra 2012.
Credit Carl Bromberg / Visions Photography

Live from the front lawn of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa is pleased to bring you Orchestra Iowa’s Brucemorchestra! An American Salute concert on Sunday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. 

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Classical
7:26 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

September IAS Features Symphony Seasons, Iowa Composers Forum Concert, Documentary Series, and more!

Maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

As summer winds down, Iowa’s arts scene is gearing up for another year of unforgettable performances. The September Iowa Arts Showcase outlines:

  • The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 season, with Maestro Joseph Giunta
  •  The Iowa Composers Forum’s Fall Festival Concert on October 4, with ICF President and Luther College Resident Composer Brooke Joyce
  • The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary Season, with executive director Ben Loeb
  • UNI’s William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series, with acclaimed director and guest Lucy Walker
  • Hancher Auditorium’s 2014-15 season, with executive director Chuck Swanson

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Classical
3:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

August IAS brings in "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit, wcfsymphony, C.Y. Stephens, OI, and more!

A still from "The Music Man," featured in the "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibit.
State Historical Museum of Iowa

With the new school year and opening artist series performances gracing stages all across the state, Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase wants you to be in the right place at the right time. This month’s features include:

  • Iowa State Historical Society’s “Hollywood in the Heartland” exhibit, with curator Leo Landis
  • The wcfsymphony’s upcoming 2014-15 concerts, with their conductor Jason Weinberger;
  • The Silver Anniversary of the Hearst Center for the Arts, with UNI Professor Emeritus, Dr. George F. Day chatting about poet James Hearst;
  • C.Y. Stephens’ Artist Series for their 2014-15 season, with Patti Cotter,  Development and Sponsorship Manager, and Sara Compton, Programming Outreach Coordinator;
  • And Orchestra Iowa’s upcoming 2014-15 season, with their music director Tim Hankewich.
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Classical
12:57 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Iowa's Symphonies Make Their Own Music This Season With New Commissions

Composer Steve Heitzeg with Maestro Joseph Giunta after the Des Moines Symphony premiers Heitzeg’s work “Symphony In Sculpture”. The Des Moines Symphony has commissioned Heitzeg to compose a sequel to that work this season.

Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa showcases an encore broadcast of the wcfsymphony’s “Spaces: Mahler 1 and World Premiere” concert this week. The program, which includes two Canzon by Gabrieli and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 also features the world premiere of a new work by composer Brooke Joyce called Une Cité Moderne. Brooke currently serves as the Composer-in-Residence at Luther College and is the newly elected president of the Iowa Composers Forum.

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Arts and Culture
1:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Dead Man Walking: Intimate View of Death Row through Opera

Sister Helen Prejean speaks during a lecture at Drake University, May 2014. Her work with death row inmates is the basis for the opera “Dead Man Walking”, which is being presented by the Des Moines Metro Opera's summer 2014 season.
Photo by John Pemble

The Des Moines Metro Opera's summer 2014 season includes “Dead Man Walking”, the company’s first work from the 21st century.  It’s an adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean’s 1994 book about her experiences of ministering to death row inmates.  The story is based on Prejean’s early prison ministry work when she became the spiritual advisor for death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier until his execution in 1984 at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.  While the opera is based on Sonnier’s case, the story uses a fictious character, Joseph De Rocher.

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Classical
1:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more!

Decorah's junior "Nordic Dancers" taking part in the Grand Parade at Nordic Fest
Ellen Macdonald

Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical as you pack the van for this summer’s music festival offerings. Arts events featured on this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase include: 

  • Nordic Fest, with Martha Griesheimer and Randy Schissel
  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, with Hunter Cappoccioni
  • University of Iowa Summer Opera’s production of “Patience,” with Nicholas Wuehrmann
  • And Sleepy Bones Allison, aspiring middle school blues guitarist

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Classical
4:26 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Live Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony's annual Yankee Doodle Pops

Maestro Joseph Giunta conducts the Des Moines Symphony on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol.
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Live from the West Terrace of Iowa’s State Capitol, Iowa Public Radio Classical is pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

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Classical
10:22 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition

First place winner Margaryta Golovko smiles to the audience after accepting her award in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition.

Congratulations to Margaryta Golovko, winner of the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from eleven different countries, Margaryta is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize, a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.

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Classical
10:13 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition

Midwest International Piano Competition founders stand with the three finalists of the senior division. (Back row, L to R: Tomer Gewirtzman, Israel; Dmitri Vorobiev, founder; Sean Botkin, founder; Margaryta Golovko, Ukraine. Front row: Elina Akselrud, Ukraine)

While sixteen of the greatest young senior division pianists from around the world begin to pack their bags, Elina Akselrud, Tomer Gewirtzman, and Margaryta Golovko are preparing for the final round of the senior division of the Midwest International Piano Competition, and the chance to win $10,000. Iowa Public Radio speaks with Midwest International Piano Competition founders Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.

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Classical
12:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition

Midwest International Piano Competition founders Dmitri Vorobiev (at podium, L) and Sean Botkin (R) stand amongst the competitors at the opening ceremony last Sunday.
Credit University Relations / University of Northern Iowa

Twenty-six young, world-class pianists from across the globe have been competing this week in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition. Iowa Public Radio speaks with the founders of the competition, Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes. 

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Classical
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Mikado Mayhem: Live from Studio One with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre!

Cast members of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre swing by Studio One: (from L to R) pianist Tony Nickle, Lauren Henderson-Turner, Arthur Beutel, Jessica Pray, Robin Bradley, Heather Youngquist, Daniel Lopez, and director John Hollins.

Iowa Public Radio Classical recently headed to Studio One with singers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Mikado production. The Young Artist cast, along with conductor John Hollins and pianist Tony Nickle, performed selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta while giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of their upcoming performances at the historic Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. 

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Classical
4:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa.
Credit Sarah Shatz

To become a Van Cliburn gold medalist, what kind of piano should you learn on? Steinway? Yamaha? Jon Nakamatsu’s international career began on the keys of a humble toy organ. Concerned that at the age of four he would never be serious about playing the piano, Jon’s parents did not want to invest in an expensive instrument he would not use. Jon steps up to perform one of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

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Classical
12:50 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5

Three of the world’s best young pianists will be competing in the finals for the first ever Midwest International Piano Competition, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.  Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and Al Schares will host a live Performance Iowa broadcast, presenting taped interviews with the finalists and commentary from the competition founders, UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin between the concerts.  

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