Tom Huizenga http://iowapublicradio.org en Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tracy-silverman-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/06/12/154835249/conducting-business-crowdfunding-classical-music" target="_blank">Tracy Silverman</a> has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 03:21:30 +0000 Tom Huizenga 42979 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://iowapublicradio.org/post/silence-and-awe-arvo-p-rt <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16070552/arvo-part" target="_blank">Arvo Pärt</a> is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m" target="_blank">R.E.M.</a>'s Michael Stipe and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15191158/bjork" target="_blank">Bjork</a> are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVACGWgN4U" target="_blank">big fans</a>. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:07:33 +0000 Tom Huizenga 41620 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) http://iowapublicradio.org/post/anonymous-4-breaking-hard-do-theyre-doing-it In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182954/anonymous-4" target="_blank">Anonymous 4</a>, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.<p>Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 40606 at http://iowapublicradio.org Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals http://iowapublicradio.org/post/10-cant-miss-classical-music-festivals In much of the country it still feels like summer is a long way off, but it's not too early to plan on hitting the road and hearing great music. From bucolic college campuses in New England to musical rafting trips down the Colorado, these are 10 of the most intriguing classical festivals. And below them is a listing, by region, of many of the best fests. Been to one we missed? Thu, 01 May 2014 22:08:44 +0000 Tom Huizenga 40016 at http://iowapublicradio.org 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/alaskan-composer-wins-pulitzer-become-ocean <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120995813/john-luther-adams" target="_blank">John Luther Adams</a>, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk527M-INA">performed in</a> — natural landscapes, has <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music" target="_blank">won the Pulitzer Prize</a> for music for his symphonic work <em>Become Ocean<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIEvUOf-JU"></a></em>. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:21:55 +0000 Tom Huizenga 39130 at http://iowapublicradio.org Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-listen-augustin-hadelich-sibelius-ad-s-violin-concertos Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/278486464/augustin-hadelich" target="_blank">Augustin Hadelich</a>, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:04:51 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37650 at http://iowapublicradio.org First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-irish-are-you-st-paddys-day-puzzler With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's hard to escape the allure of the Emerald Isle, with its rolling heaths, swirling jigs, frothy beer and curious legends. While we can't afford to fly you to Dublin we can offer this humble St. Paddy's Day puzzler. Score high and be rewarded with the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow. Mess up and yours is a sad bowl of soggy Lucky Charms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:49:11 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37645 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kid-named-carl-stirs-bach-musical-dynasty When it comes to musical dynasties, it's tough to top the Bach family. From town fiddlers to court composers, the Bachs dominated German music for seven generations. Today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian</a> towers above all his relatives, but there's another important Bach we shouldn't forget — especially today, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.<p>Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:06:50 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37291 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/robert-ashley-operas-misunderstood-innovator-dies-83 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBpire6jhw</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 04:09:30 +0000 Tom Huizenga 37199 at http://iowapublicradio.org Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-couples-sweethearts-sharing-stage <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhCgvPtVGyg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6k6hniMKA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsUYHnR0tmM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlBf42zxT0Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enh5zIwmy2k</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:26:31 +0000 Tom Huizenga 36153 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-music-shines-classical-grammy-awards <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aJF5uoU7fI</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:54:20 +0000 Tom Huizenga 35407 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/note-downton-abbey-viewers-nellie-melba-was-big-deal <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEhr_3E3XEA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpdvoMFSqKY</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:34:02 +0000 Tom Huizenga 35070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cachet-and-cash-rafa-blechacz-named-2014-gilmore-artist Polish pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16051607/rafal-blechacz" target="_blank">Rafał Blechacz</a>, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.<p>The Gilmore may not have quite the name recognition as the Chopin Competition, but it has a distinguished cachet of its own, plus a generous $300,000 cash award.<p>Actually, the Gilmore isn't a competition. Named for a Kalamazoo, Mich. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 34700 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature http://iowapublicradio.org/post/verdis-operas-vigorous-soundtrack-human-nature Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 30367 at http://iowapublicradio.org Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums http://iowapublicradio.org/post/banjos-bart-k-and-la-belle-poque-new-classical-albums People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 28754 at http://iowapublicradio.org Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums http://iowapublicradio.org/post/revved-vivaldi-persian-bamboo-and-soaring-spirituals-new-classical-albums It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to <em>All Things Considered</em>, host <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/102444338/jacki-lyden" target="_blank">Jacki Lyden</a> and I explore an East meets West mashup in a concerto for Persian ney (bamboo flute) and orchestra, a young composer who treats electronic and acoustic instruments as equals, an opera star who goes back to church and a violinist who plays Vivaldi with delicious abandon. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 23242 at http://iowapublicradio.org Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums http://iowapublicradio.org/post/vespers-habaneras-and-early-morning-walks-new-classical-albums Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:37:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 18829 at http://iowapublicradio.org Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/measures-affection-five-musical-love-letters <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht1OkPN6Zso</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctOXPdaWXk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cqz2yomToA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cibwQFbwEPs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnKBVL45VSs</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 15044 at http://iowapublicradio.org Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-ever-happened-classical-christmas-album <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr-csOGecGc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvoygXsRV4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH4rSCabUWg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONknTGUckKc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39h3VVfOoW0</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 12471 at http://iowapublicradio.org Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album? A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bald-mezzo-and-three-shades-violin-classical-favorites-2012 From mezzo-soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a>'s ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 11794 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012 Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/elliott-carter-giant-american-music-dies-103 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stGn4NA-tU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwbPwq3-PAs</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 10366 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cecilia-bartolis-latest-mission-rediscovers-agostino-steffani <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15221692/cecilia-bartoli" target="_blank">Cecilia Bartoli</a> has a passion for musical archaeology: "I am the Indiana Jones of classical," she says jokingly to <em>All Things Considered</em> host Robert Siegel.<p>Bartoli rummages through music history to uncover forgotten opera composers deserving of her detailed and dramatic performances. Her new album, <em>Mission</em>, introduces her most recent "find," the late-17th-century Italian Agostino Steffani.<p>Bartoli has also developed a taste for provocative album covers. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 8453 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums http://iowapublicradio.org/post/headbanging-bruckner-and-debussy-black-and-white-new-classical-albums Some people are intimidated by the vastness of classical music. And while the prospect of more than 1,000 years of hits to consider may be daunting, just think instead of how many musical journeys of discovery can be made. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 19:23:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 5794 at http://iowapublicradio.org Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/know-it-alls-guide-olympic-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IizWc4cJwbw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xio0TcKhRUI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZARDqznfyo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YdgWWaH7UM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsB4a--WRTs</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:52:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 5288 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fireworks-cuba-and-schubert-grooves-new-classical-albums Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on<em> All Things Considered</em>, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert. Sat, 05 May 2012 19:41:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 1055 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums