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7:18 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

OperaX2 Saturday: Elektra, Hansel&Gretel

Maria Kanyova and Elizabeth DeShong as Hansel and Gretel in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Unhappy childhoods are each unhappy in their own way. For Hansel and Gretel, things look grim but turn out sweet; for Elektra... not so much. Hear both stories in great German operas this Saturday from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss's Elektra, with Christine Goerke in the title role, and Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, with Elizabeth DeShong and Maria Kanyova as the siblings and Jill Grove as the witch.

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Classical
7:05 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Andras Schiff Leads NY Phil Bachfest

The Hungarian pianist/conductor Andras Schiff
Credit Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com

Tune in tonight at 7 as Andras Schiff - one of the world's supreme Bach interpreters - leads the final concert in the "Bach Variations" Festival of the New York Philharmonic. The Hungarian pianist/ conductor (a winner of the prestigious Bach Prize) leads two of the Bach keyboard concertos from the piano, and also conducts Mendelssohn's String Symphony no. 9 and Schumann's Symphony no. 4. 

  

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Classical
9:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Brahms that Even Wagner Liked, Weds. PM

The as-yet-beardless Johannes Brahms in 1853.
Credit wikipedia

"I could tell he was no joker," wrote Wagner about the young Brahms playing the Handel Variations for him. For Wagner speaking of a rival, that was high praise, and for the rest of us, the work sounds outright amazing. Hear an inspired performance of the Handel Variations Wednesday afternoon on Barney Sherman's show. Also on the program: an ethereal evocation of ancient Greece by Debussy.

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Classical
5:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Des Moines Musicians' Philip Glass Fest

Pianist Sophia Ahmad, who, when she's not practicing, is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Credit courtesy of Sophia Ahmad

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear a group of Iowa musicians celebrate the 75th birthday of Philip Glass with a concert (part 1 of 2) that conveys the range of his music. Pianist Sophia Ahmad (you might know her as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra) plays the Orphee Suite; pianist Kris DeWild plays Love Divided By; Edwin and Francine Griffith perform Hymn to the Sun (from Akhnaten); saxophonist Colin Young plays Gradus; and The Rex Repeter Quartet plays a movement from his Third String Quartet.

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Classical
8:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Isabelle Faust's Brahms & Bach, Thursday

Violinist Isabelle Faust
Credit Ivy Artists.com

She was once called "the greatest violinist you've never heard of" - but since then she' s won many major awards. Hear Isabelle Faust play the Brahms Concerto on Barney Sherman's show in the afternoon, and then the two Bach violin concertos on the New York Philharmonic broadcast at 7 pm. Discover why the New York Times says, "her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music's hidden strains of lyricism."

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Classical
9:31 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rite of Spring 100th Today

Igor Stravinsky, sketched by his friend and collaborator Pablo Picasso
Credit public domain

Wednesday, May 29 is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and while it no longer causes riots it still sounds radical, wild, and fresh. Hear it - introduced by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross - in the 6 PM hour of Performance Today.  In the afternoon Barney Sherman will play part of it in the version Stravinsky first published, for piano four hands.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for June 2 and June 3, 2013

Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony – Carmina Burana

Joseph Giunta, music director
Gregory Oakes & Clarence Padilla, clarinets
Carrie Ellen Giunta, soprano
Christopher Pfund, tenor
Robert Orth, baritone
The Drake Choir and Drake University/Community Chorus, directed by Aimee Beckmann-Collier
Drake University Orchestra, directed by Akira Mori

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Classical Music in the Midday
9:59 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Beethoven under the stars

The Tanglewood Festival's music shed
Credit Sébastien Barré at flickr.com

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies and third Leonore Overture under the stars at Tanglewood with noted Beethovenian Christoph von Dohnanyi - sound enticing? Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm to hear it on SymphonyCast on IPRClassical.

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Classical
2:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

ISU Mendelssohn (&"Godzilla Eats Las Vegas")

American composer Eric Whitacre
Credit Christoph Müller-Girod from flickr.com

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear the ISU Wind Ensemble led by Michael Golemo playing Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds and three modern works for the ensemble - including Eric Whitacre's riotous "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas." Written when Whitacre  was an undergrad at Juilliard, it has become a modern classic.  Says Whitacre, "The idea that this piece is being played all over the world in serious concert venues is the single funniest thing I have ever heard.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
10:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase June 1, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A crowd watches a performance during the Shakespeare festival at the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City in June 2001.

The June edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase kicks off with Ted Swetz and Jody Hovland discussing Riverside Theatre’s upcoming productions of Hamlet and The School for Scandal at Riverside Theatre in the Park. Hovland is the artistic director and one of the original three founders of RiversideTheatre. Swetz, a Professor of Theater at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and past theatrical director at Riverside, is returning this year to direct The School for Scandal.

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Classical
9:29 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lyric's "Werther" Today at Noon

Matthew Polenzani and Sophie Koch in the Lyric Opera's "Werther"
Credit WFMT and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tenor superstar Matthew Polenzani portrays the smitten poet Werther in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Massenet's opera, based on the Goethe novel that rocked Europe.  Sophie Koch stars as the unfortunate object of his affection, Charlotte.

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Classical
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Wagner's 200th with Barney, PT & Bill

Richard Wagner in a portrait by an ardent Wagnerian, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. Performance Today at 5 will be almost all Wagner; Barney Sherman from 1-5 will play just a little of his music, but will also feature music by composers who respond, in some way, to or against Wagner: Debussy (a recording of him playing his own "Children's Corner"), Faure, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, and a movement by Bruckner. We'll also sample a new recording of one of the works that most influenced Wagner, Beethoven's 9th. (And for more, Bill McGlaughlin continues his week-long series on Wagner at 9 PM.)

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Classical
9:55 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Wagner 200th on PT, McGlaughlin

The Bayreuth Festival House, built by Wagner for performing his Ring Cycle and funded largely by his patron Ludwig II of Bavaria (popularly known as "Mad King Ludwig" ).
Credit PercyGermany on Flickr.com

What do we make of the complex legacy of Richard Wagner on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Wednesday? Both Performance Today with Fred Child (5-7 PM) and Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin (9-10 PM) are exploring the question this week with fascinating results. Tune in tonight to PT, for example, to hear Gabriel Faure's "Souvenirs of Bayreuth" - a cheeky quadrille on themes from the Ring Cycle - as well as Wagner in concert by leading performers (among those on PT this week are Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen).

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for May 26 and May 27, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

  

Orchestra Iowa Chamber: Concert 4

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Classical
9:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Lyric Season Begins with Boccanegra

The great American baritone Thomas Hampson
Credit Photochiel from Flickr.com

Tune in today at 12 noon for the season's first broadcast from the Lyric Opera of Chicago, featuring Verdi's Simon Boccanegra -  "essentially a heartwarming story about a compassionate political leader... who is reunited with his lost daughter...and makes peace with two political enemies" (as the New York Times summarizes the plot). The renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson heads the stellar cast.

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Classical
3:29 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Suzuki Kicks off NY Phil Bach Festival

Masaaki Suzuki
Credit Marco Borggreve (from Indiana Public Media)

Tune in Thursday at 7 PM as Masaaki Suzuki - one of the world's most renowned Bach interpreters - kicks off the New York Philharmonic's month-long Bach Festival.  The Japanese keyboardist/conductor, one of the few recipients of the Royal College of Music's "Bach Prize," has been recording the complete sacred vocal works, keyboard works, and orchestral works for the prestigious BIS label, to great acclaim. Hear him conduct Bach's Magnificat and motet "Sing to the Lord a New Song" (as well as Felix Mendelssohn's Magnificat and Christus).

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for May 19 and May 20, 2013

Credit University of Northern Iowa Cantorei

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Bach at Easter

Jason Weinberger, music director
UNI Cantorei & John Len Wiles
WCFSO soloists

 

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Classical
9:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The Greatest "Great C Major"?

Franz Schubert. Bust by Henry Baerer for the Philadelphia Horticulture Center.
Credit RobertFrancis at Flickr

Join Barney Sherman Tuesday afternoon to hear a strong candidate for "most-inspired recording ever of Schubert's last symphony." Also on the show is a major new recording of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata and a Trio Sonata by .... it's complicated, but you can hear it at 1 PM.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
3:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase - May 4, 2013 - 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

The Act II finale from La Clemenza di Tito. Sarah Fisk as Vitellia (kneeling); behind her, Lisa Neher as Annio and Allison Crain as Servilia; at center is Brian Dykes as Publio; and Quiliano Anderson on platform as Tito.
Credit Todd Adamson

On the May edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase, we will hear from Laura Johnson on the University of Iowa Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Johnson is a visiting professor to the university and the guest director to the ensemble. The performance took place at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City on May 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Classical
8:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

More Back-Engineered Bach Thursday

J.S. without his wig: a reconstruction of his face using digital forensic technology and a bronze cast of his skull, by Dr. Caroline Wilkinson of The Centre for Forensic and Medical Art in Dundee, Scotland.
Credit Caroline Wilkinson / Bachhaus Eisenach

Here's what forensic scientists think Bach looked like without his wig. And you can hear what scholars think some of his works sounded like in lost original versions on Barney Sherman's show each afternoon. Thursday's show also includes the "Courtly Dances" from Britten's Gloriana, a powerful new recording of Beethoven, and much more.

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Classical
9:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

"Back-Engineered Bach" Starts Today

J. S. Bach
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join IPR's Barney Sherman for four hours of classical music this afternoon starting at 1. Along with music of Poulenc, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and more, Barney will begin a daily series of reconstructions of lost works by J. S. Bach, "Back-engineered Bach." Up today: the Cello Suite no. 4, which may have started life as... well, tune in to hear!

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for May 12 and May 13, 2013

Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony – Tchaikovsky 4

Joseph Giunta, music director

TCHAIKOVSKY                   Symphony No. 4 in F Minor

In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony for their third BEYOND THE SCORE presentation, the Des Moines Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. This beautiful and inspiring four movement piece has captivated listeners since its first performance in Moscow in 1878.

This concert was recorded March 16 and 17, 2013.

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Classical
11:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Trio 826 (and Lecuona) on IPR

Left to right: pianist Rene Lecuona and the members of Trio 826: Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard.
Credit juliabullard.com

Tune in Saturday at 7 AM or Sunday at 6 PM to hear a new Iowa-centered chamber group, Trio 826,  recorded in concert. The Trio - violist Julia Bullard of UNI, cellist Hannah Holman, formerly of the Maia Quartet, and violinist Susanna Klein - are joined by pianist Rene Lecuona of the University of  Iowa. On the program are string trios by Borodin (transcribed by Dr. Bullard) and Kodaly, a work by Robert Washut, and Faure's Piano Quartet no. 1. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.

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Classical
11:31 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon

Erin Morley as Constance and Isabel Leonard as Blanche in Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites"
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c)

Francis Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites," one of the Met's most acclaimed productions, airs live today starting at 12 noon. Poulenc tells the story of Carmelite nuns martyred  in the French Revolution with what the New York Times calls "eloquent music that hardly calls attention to itself yet lingers with you." Patricia Racette, Erin Morley, Isabel Leonard, and Felicity Palmer head the cast; Louis Langree conducts.

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Classical
11:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

NY Phil Premieres "Prospero's Rooms"

Violinist Joshua Bell
Credit Yvonne Kao (from Flickr)

Tune in Thursday at 7 pm to hear "Prospero's Rooms"  - a piece by Christopher Rouse based on Edgar Allen Poe's  "Masque of the Red Death" - premiered by the New York Philharmonic  with music director Alan Gilbert. Also on the program is  Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony, inspired in part by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad," and Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade," inspired by Plato's "Symposium," performed by Joshua Bell. The broadcast is hosted by Alec Baldwin.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for May 5 and May 6, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Orchestra Iowa – Brahms’ Third

Timothy Hankewich, music director
Roger Oyster, euphonium

ELGAR                                  Enigma Variations
WEBER                                Concertino
BRAHMS                             Symphony No. 3

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Classical
10:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Philadelphia's Carnegie Triumph, at 7 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin take a bow at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Credit musical photo man (at Flickr.com)

The players stomped their feet to applaud the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - that's how great the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Carnegie Hall concert was.  Hear it for yourself tonight at 7 on SymphonyCast. The New York Times said, "The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better." On the program are Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan is the soloist), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

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Classical
10:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UNI's Delightful "Fledermaus" Airs Saturday

The University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's production of "Die Fledermaus"
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Tune in Saturday at 7 PM for the UNI Opera Theatre's irresistible production of Johann Strauss Jr's witty, melodious  "Die Fledermaus." It's performed in communicative English and led by Jonathan Girard.  The broadcast is part of our "Arias in April" series. (Bonus: watch the rehearsal of the overture:

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Classical
9:58 am
Thu April 25, 2013

NYPhil's Mozart, Beethoven, & French Mystics

The New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City - the location of this week's broadcast concert.
Credit Yuan2003, Flickr.com

Tune in at 7 tonight to hear pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Mozart's 23rd Concerto, plus a new concerto written for him by fellow Frenchman Tristan Murail. Also, American David Robertson conducts Beethoven's irresistible Symphony no. 2, and a work by the mystical Frenchman Olivier Messiaen. As usual, Alec Baldwin hosts this weekly broadcast of the New York Philharmonic.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 28 and April 29, 2013

Credit Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

Jason Weinberger, music director
Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

CHENETTE                          Rural Symphony
DVORAK                              Suite in A, Op. 98b
COPLAND                             Suite from The Tender Land

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