Karen Impola

Studio One and Classical Music Host

Karen Impola is the host of Iowa Public Radio's The Folk Tree and University Concert. Karen began working at KUNI in 1990.  Before that, she hosted Folk and progressive music shows at WXPN in Philadelphia, and was a production assistant at NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.”

Karen spent much of her childhood and adolescence holed up in her room with a record player.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College, where she also did her first radio show, at 6:00 a.m. on a ten-watt station, to an audience which numbered in the single digits.  In her spare time she chauffeurs teenagers and cans tomatoes.

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The Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, with trombone soloist Grady McGrannahan, recorded on October 9, 2012.

An all-Beethoven concert by UNI professor and pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, recorded on December 3, 2012.

A faculty recital by Drake pianist Rika Uchida, with guest Mio Aoike, also on piano, recorded September 9, 2012.

The ISU Symphony Orchestra's "Concert of Soloists", recorded on March 24, 2012.

Music by Prokofiev, Dohnanyi, and Ron Ford, from the 2011 Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival.

The Drake Choir and Chamber Choir, conducted by Aimee Beckmann-Collier, recorded in concert on March 13, 2012.

A faculty recital from Drake professor and flute player Leslie Marrs, recorded on October 21, 2012.

Musicians from Marlboro, in an Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association concert, recorded on the ISU campus on April 19, 2012, plus music from an April 2010 concert by the Ames Piano Quartet.

Musicians from Marlboro, in an Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association concert, recorded on the ISU campus on April 19, 2012.

The Iowa State University Music Department presents its 56th annual Holiday Festival Concert. Over 300 students participate in this program of seasonal music, featuring Iowa State Singers, Iowa Statesmen, Cantamus, and Lyrica.

The Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jacob Harrison, performs Tchaikovsky's Nutracker Suite. Tchaikovsky premiered his concert suite in 1892, using eight selections from the original Nutcracker Ballet. The suite was an instant success, and has since become a popular holiday favorite.

(Concert recorded December 2, 2011)

A faculty recital from trumpeter Randy Grabowski of UNI, recorded on January 24, 2012.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique",  recorded live on  March 28, 2012.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Gompper, Bristow, and Dukelsky, recorded live on February 29 and March 28, 2012.

The Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, with trombone soloist Grady McGrannahan, recorded on October 9, 2012.

A faculty recital by Drake pianist Rika Uchida, with guest Mio Aoike, also on piano, recorded September 9, 2012.

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs of UNI, recorded live on April 25, 2012, performing Mozart's Requiem.

The ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Golemo, in a concert recorded on March 25, 2011.

The ISU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacob Harrison, performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, in a performance recorded on April 28, 2011.

A recital by Drake University professor James Romain, saxophone; with Nicholas Roth, piano; Clarence Padilla, clarinet; and Kariann Voigts, bass clarinet, recorded live on November 18, 2010.

The Iowa State Singers, directed by Dr. James Rodde, recorded in concert on March 4, 2012.

Musicians from Marlboro, in an Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association concert, recorded on the ISU campus on April 19, 2012, plus music from an April 2010 concert by the Ames Piano Quartet.

Musicians from Marlboro, in an Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association concert, recorded on the ISU campus on April 19, 2012.

A faculty recital by cellist Ashley Sandor Sidon of Drake University, recorded on April 18, 2011.

A Drake University faculty recital by bass Edward Corpus, with pianist Nicholas Roth, recorded on October 23, 2011.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William LaRue Jones, with guest artist mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, recorded on May 2, 2012.

The ISU Wind Ensemble, with excerpts from concerts recorded on September 25 and October 18, 2011.

Part two of two: The Ames Piano Quartet, recorded live on October 16, 2011.

Part one of two: The Ames Piano Quartet, recorded live on October 16, 2011.

World-renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein, recorded in concert for the Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association on March 23, 2012.

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