Performance Iowa

Iowa Public Radio’s performance series, Performance Iowa, showcases Iowa's best performers as well as visiting musicians making a special stop in Iowa and in our studios. Host Jacqueline Halbloom goes behind the music in each broadcast with IPR’s classical music team and celebrity guests.

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Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

Join  hosts Jacqueline Halbloom and Curt Snook as IPR Classical comes to you live from Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in Ames with a performance by the Amara Piano Quartet on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.  This program is part of our Performance Iowa series.

Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and co-host University of  Iowa’s professor of voice, Dr. Katherine Eberle, present Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa in a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of La Boheme, on location from the newly restored Paramount Theatre. As one of Puccini’s most frequently performed operas, La Boheme tells the story of, love and youthful idealism touched with darker elements of poverty, illness and tragedy. Puccini based the opera on Henri Murger’s novel, La Vie de Boheme.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony presents a special holiday concert with global sensation, The Texas Tenors. Former finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the trio is comprised of tenors John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher.

Joined by Ballet Quad Cities, Orchestra Iowa presents a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutracker ballet. Tchaikovsky’s final ballet, The Nutcracker was first staged at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892. It is based on E.T.A.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ Opus Inauguration Chamber Concert. Following the floods of 2008, the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was closed due to severe damage. In restoration, teams worked to replicate the designs of the first Paramount built in 1920.

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa series presents encore broadcasts of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra! program. Recorded from the front lawn of the historic Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids, this year's Brucemorchestra! program featured the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic An American in Paris portrays the story of a young American, absorbing the sounds of French culture as he strolls down the streets of Paris.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a live broadcast of eighteen year old piano phenomenon, Conrad Tao’s performance at the Gallagher–Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. As a Chinese-American born in Urbana, Illinois, he was found playing children’s songs on the piano when he was only eighteen months old, and gave his first recital not long after at the age of four.

To celebrate Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert. Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert features Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic favorites, opening with the National Anthem, sung by Leah McIntire-Barnett, the winner of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 "Oh Say Can You Sing?" competition.

Iowa Public Radio concludes their Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the well-to-do widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo from the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Executive director Dr.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie Owens, as Donna Anna, and Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez, as Zerlina, who were both highlighted last summer in Opera News.

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa series presents a live broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra! program. Broadcast from the front lawn of the historic Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids, this year's Brucemorchestra! program features the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic rhapsody An American in Paris portrays the story of a young American, absorbing the sounds of French culture as he strolls down the streets of Paris.

As the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s sixth season prepares to open on July 21, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa series proudly presents a broadcast of the festival’s opening concert from their 2011 season, titled Gypsy Airs and Hungarian Dances. Founded in 2006, the CVCMF strives to bring classical music to new audiences in uniquely diverse venues. This program includes performances of Tajčević’s Seven Balkan Dances, Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs Op. 55 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25.

As the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary Season draws to a close, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa brings to you a recital by lyric baritone John Michael Moore. Before singing the title role in this season’s Eugene Onegin, Mr.

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present a live broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert will feature Maestro Giunta and the DMSO performing patriotic favorites, opening wi

Internationally-renowned baritone Todd Thomas presents a Des Moines Metro Opera Guild recital with collaborative pianist Bernard McDonald, Director of Opera at Simpson College.

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season will soon start. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa will present the DMMO’s sensational last season production of Donizetti’s three-act comic masterpiece, Don Pasquale.

Performance Iowa presents Music to Commemorate the Passover Season & The Holocaust, a live 2 p.m. broadcast from the Caspe Terrace in Waukee, IA.

IPR’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2010 Curtains Up program featuring Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen. Ms. Goeldner and Mr. Ketelsen present a dazzling selection of arias, art songs and favorites.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. encore broadcast of the recital of soprano Jane Redding. Ms. Redding performed a fundraising recital with pianist Cara Chowning for the Des Moines Metro Opera during 2011.

Iowa Public Radio is excited to present a 7 p.m. WFMT broadcast of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Gala. 

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