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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 60 th Anniversary and the wcfsymphony’s 85 th . Guest soloists for the program were Leia Lensing and Megan Grey,...

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...

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive. But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari's trees are doing better than ever. These spruce trees have been growing for hundreds of years in the Fiemme Valley, the same corner of the...

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 . Berlioz...

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In 2014, two American composers whose name begin with "John" and end with "Adams" were surprised to find themselves in front-page headlines. John Luther Adams says he never imagined winning a Pulitzer, and John Adams says he never imagined the intensity of protests that would meet the Met's staging of his 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer . ( Here's All Things Considered on John Luther Adams' Pulitzer, and here's ATC on the...

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Recently I invited you to vote for the 3 classical works you wish everyone could experience at least once - the "Musts" you'd urge your friends to put on their bucket lists. The votes are in, and you can hear Iowa's Top 10 picks on my show Sunday from noon to 4 PM. I'll tell you what won, and of course I'll play samples from outstanding recordings. (Later I'll post the list with links and information.) Join me - as you'll hear, Iowa's recommendations are awesome!

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: There are lots of ways to say thank you today that don't include turkey or cranberry sauce. For example, there is music. (SOUNDBITE OF FELIX MENDELSSOHN ORATORIO, "ELIJAH") CHORUS: (Singing in German). MONTAGNE: That is the chorus "Thanks Be To God" from Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah." It's one of classical music's famous thank yous. And here to tell us about a few more is music commentator...

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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. Daniel 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 34 th 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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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. Recorded live on Sunday, September 7, 2014 on the grounds of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s Brucemorchestra theme was An American...

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In an exclusive for IPR Classical, I sraeli musicologist Uri Golomb reviews a milestone album by Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt , who started recording all of Bach's keyboard works in 1994. The resulting cycle won major acclaim and awards, but she says she "purposefully put off" Bach's final keyboard work, The Art of Fugue , for last. Now, 20 years in, its time...

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 3 rd 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. Their 2014 concert theme was: “Our Greatest...

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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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As promised, the classical Halloween countdown continues - thanks for your input! Earlier, I posted eight picks ; here are five more classical scares to bring the count up to 13. (And in the next post I'll add those you suggested.) Here are some youtube versions. Again, if you have any other candidates, let me know at classical@iowapublicradio.org or at our Facebook post: Franz Schubert -

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It's that time again! If you have any classical-music Halloween favorites, write to us at classical@iowapublicradio.org . Here are a few possibilities to get the conversation started; in Part 2 I'll post a few more later, bringing my total to 13. And then on Monday, Halloween, I'll add a Part 3 with all your suggestions (at least 13!). To start things off: 1) It's not just that Bach didn't associate Halloween with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor ,...

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. The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen simmers with love, lust and revenge. Mezzo...

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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. Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi are the second and third one-act operas in a three-opera collection by Puccini entitled Il trittico . Suor Angelica, the most frequently omitted opera despite being Puccini’s...

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His series on the 50 greatest symphonies is unsurpassed; his guide to contemporary music is unequaled; his book on conductors, Music as Alchemy , is the best of its genre. Tom Service is among the finest music writers we have (for more samples, check out his blog at The Guardian ). But first, let me distract you with the latest Service: a post sampling the funniest classical-music parodies on video. All 10 are hilarious, but here's one to start with:...

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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 42 nd 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. The story revolves around the conniving Count Ory and his unconventional amorous antics...

Des Moines Metro Opera

This summer the Des Moines Metro Opera presented their 42 nd 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. H ere is what Opera News and Opera Today had to say about the Des Moines Metro Opera's production:

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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 42 nd Festival Season, airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12. 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...

When the Folias Duo came to Iowa, the husband-wife pair's first stop was Cedar Falls, where they played a live set in IPR Classical's Studio Two. They'd been on the road for seven hours, but their zest was irresistible. Try it: here's a video of their IPR performance of Cumparsita Vals , a waltz-time reimagining of the classic tango La Cumparsita by Argentine composer Pablo Aslan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICNzPy2e-U4&feature=youtu.be Flutist Carmen Maret holds...

Sunday Baroque

Every Sunday morning Suzanne Bona brings us gems from before Mozart on Sunday Baroque and Barney Sherman follows with four hours of great music. Today, from 11AM to 1PM they'll team up for two special hours of Sunday Baroque. Suzanne is an accomplished professional flautist, and Barney will ask her about her career and how she comes up with those incredibly rich, varied playlists every week. Barney has written about music for many outlets, such as the New York Times, ...

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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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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. A tragic love story set in Paris around 1870, Verdi’s La Traviata opens our series with Alfredo Germont falling in love with the courtesan Violetta Valéry. They live happily for a time before Alfredo’s father...

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Last year the Qatar Philharmonic made headlines when it hired Han-Na Chang to be its music director. The South Korean woman raised the ensemble to international standards, and its London debut earlier this month got rave reviews. Then, hours afterwards, Chang quit, citing “p ersistent administrative difficulties and irreconcilable artistic differences with the management.” You can hear the concert that won over London tonight at 7 on IPRClassical. Chang rose to fame as a cellist at the age of...

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Iowa's orchestras, choirs, bands, & operas are awesome, but let's not forget our chamber music! Tune in 7AM Saturday or 8PM Sunday to hear two recent highlight from the Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association , now in its 65th season. The Schumann Piano Quintet is performed by Musicians from Marlboro led by violinist Bella Hristova ; and the Prokofiev Cello Sonata is played by...

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Join Krista Tippett a t this link t o hear Yo-Yo Ma "share his philosophy of curiosity about life and of performance as hospitality." This episode of On Being is a must for every music lover! The great cellist, who has won 15 Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, also tells Krista about his Silk Road Ensemble , which explores...

Presidential hopefuls need to clear all kinds of hurdles. Some are unique to politics, but one is familiar to every Iowan: getting our state's place-names right. While some of them (like Atlantic) are clear from the spelling, others trip newbies up. Louisa County? Not like my cousin's first name. Madrid? Not like the city in Spain. Nevada? Not like that state out west. You can’t take anything for granted. But you're not on your own - Iowa Public Radio has you covered. Below is our handy audio...

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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. The All-American program includes the music of three of America’s most beloved composers: Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Aaron Copland. Bass-Baritone Kevin Deas, fresh off the national tour of Porgy and Bess , joins Orchestra Iowa for...

Earlier this year I posted about "Iowa orchestras making music about Iowa " - and one work discussed was Rock Island Line by Jacob Bancks, commissioned and premiered by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on IPR's Symphonies of Iowa . Bancks, who teaches at Augustana College, told me that he took his inspiration not only from the most famous song...

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