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Classical

Symphonies of Iowa
2:32 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 25 and 26, 2012

Pianist and composer Timothy Andres gives listeners a glimpse into the creative process as he joins the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra to perform his own realization of Mozart’s unfinished piano concerto. The opening work Bathtub Shrine, originally commemorating the death of William Harwood, is an elegy composed by Andres for the Yale Symphony. The WCFSO also presents Schumann’s Symphony No.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 18 and 19, 2012

Orchestra Iowa, led by Timothy Hankewich, warms the stage with the fiery fifth symphony of Sibelius. Pianist and Iowa-native Conor Hanick joins the orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, the Emperor. This program both opens and closes with references to the Freemasons: Mozart’s dark and serious funeral music was composed in memory of two fellow Masons, and a signed original manuscript of Sibelius’ most famous work, Finlandia, is housed at the Masonic Library of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:29 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 11 and 12, 2012

Internationally-acclaimed educator and pianist Chiu-Ling Lin comes together with the Des Moines Symphony for an exciting performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Paired with Mussorgsky’s work is a selection from the Des Moines Symphony’s “Beethoven: One-to-Nine” CD set. This series commemorates the orchestra’s feat of performing all nine Beethoven symphonies during their 2003-2004 season.

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Symphonies of Iowa
2:28 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 4 and 5, 2012

Nokuthula Ngwenyama joins the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra in their performance of two epic works based on the life experiences of Hector Berlioz, the “bad boy” of 19th century music. Ngwenyama stars on Harold en Italie, a unique tone poem-concerto inspired by its composer’s stay in Rome. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony’s own virtuoso musicians are showcased in Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie Fantastique.

(Concert recorded Nov. 5, 2011)

Performance Iowa
2:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa January 20, 2013

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 22 and 23, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:21 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 15, 16, and 22, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:21 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 8 and 9, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:20 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 22 and 25, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 18, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:18 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 10 and 11, 2012

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.

At the Opera with IPR
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR November 3 and 4, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 3 and 4, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:16 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 27 and 28, 2012

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)

Performance Iowa
2:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 20 and 21, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:14 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 13 and 14, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 6 and 7, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa September 9, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 15 and 16, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 8 and 9, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 3, 2012

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

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Performance Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 1 and 2, 2012

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

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Performance Iowa
2:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa June 3, 2012

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.

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Performance Iowa
2:07 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa April 29, 2012

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

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Performance Iowa
2:06 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 23, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:05 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 16, 2012

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.

Performance Iowa
2:04 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 9, 2012

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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At the Opera with IPR
1:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 27 and 28, 2012

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)

At the Opera with IPR
1:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 20 and 21, 2012

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.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:56 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR October 13 and 14, 2012

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.

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