Classical http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowa's Symphonies Make Their Own Music This Season With New Commissions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-symphonies-make-their-own-music-season-new-commissions <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> showcases an encore broadcast of the wcfsymphony’s “Spaces: Mahler 1 and World Premiere” concert this week. The program, which includes two Canzon by Gabrieli and Mahler’s <em>Symphony No. 1</em> also features the world premiere of a new work by composer Brooke Joyce called <em>Une Cité Moderne</em>. Brooke currently serves as the Composer-in-Residence at Luther College and is the newly elected president of the Iowa Composers Forum.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:57:54 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 43183 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Symphonies Make Their Own Music This Season With New Commissions Live Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony's annual Yankee Doodle Pops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/live-broadcast-des-moines-symphonys-annual-yankee-doodle-pops <p>Live from the West Terrace of Iowa’s State Capitol, Iowa Public Radio Classical is pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 21<sup>st</sup> annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 42009 at http://iowapublicradio.org Live Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony's annual Yankee Doodle Pops Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-pianist-margaryta-golovko-wins-first-prize-midwest-international-piano-competition <p>Congratulations to Margaryta Golovko, winner of the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from eleven different countries, Margaryta is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize, a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 03:22:03 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/three-finalists-face-saturday-10000-midwest-international-piano-competition <p class="Body">While sixteen of the greatest young senior division pianists from around the world begin to pack their bags, Elina Akselrud, Tomer Gewirtzman, and Margaryta Golovko are preparing for the final round of the senior division of the Midwest International Piano Competition, and the chance to win $10,000.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio speaks with Midwest International Piano Competition founders </span>Dmitri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Vorobiev<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Sean </span>Botkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:13:48 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41814 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/junior-division-finalists-selected-midwest-international-piano-competition <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Twenty-six young, world-class pianists from across the globe have been competing this week in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition. Iowa Public Radio speaks with the founders of the competition, Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41770 at http://iowapublicradio.org Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra http://iowapublicradio.org/post/van-cliburn-gold-medalist-performs-rachmaninoff-piano-concerto-no-3-dubuque-symphony-orchestra <p>To become a Van Cliburn gold medalist, what kind of piano should you learn on? Steinway? Yamaha? Jon Nakamatsu’s international career began on the keys of a humble toy organ. Concerned that at the age of four he would never be serious about playing the piano, Jon’s parents did not want to invest in an expensive instrument he would not use.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jon steps up to perform one of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:45:44 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41665 at http://iowapublicradio.org Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/live-broadcast-top-notch-pianists-midwest-international-piano-competition-finals-june-7-5 <p>Three of the world’s best young pianists will be competing in the finals for the first ever Midwest International Piano Competition, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Wed, 28 May 2014 17:50:12 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41349 at http://iowapublicradio.org Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5 What's YOUR Favorite Shakespeare Music? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-your-favorite-shakespeare-music <p>It MAY be SHAKEspeare's&nbsp;BIRTHday, SO they SAY, and WHAT&nbsp;muSIcian can reFRAIN from PLAY? That is (to drop the iambic pentameter) from the fun of listing favorite Shakespeare-inspired classical works? Below are a couple of lists from other sources, followed by my own additions and comments. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">What would make YOUR list? Let us know on our Facebook page or on twitter @IPRClassical, or by email (bsherman@iowapublicradio.org) &nbsp;- and whatever you choose,&nbsp;<strong>Happy Shakespeare Day!</strong></span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:33:29 +0000 Barney Sherman 39611 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's YOUR Favorite Shakespeare Music? Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-826-residency-ipr-studio-session <p>What led three awesome soloists - Julia Bullard (viola), Hannah Holman (cello), and Susanna Klein (violin) -&nbsp; to form an ensemble, and why did they call it "Trio 826"? Hear the answers, and examples of their superb playing, in the live session they broadcast from IPR's studio last fall. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:05:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 38894 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/art-joins-science-crossroads-project <p><strong><a href="http://www.thecrossroadsproject.org/calendar.html" target="_blank">Tonight at the University of Iowa College of Public Health,</a> </strong>the award-winning composer <strong>Laura Kaminsky</strong>, painter <strong>Rebecca Allen</strong>, physicist <strong>Robert Davies,&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The F</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>r</strong>y Street Quartet</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will join forces for an interdisciplinary exploration of </span><stro Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:31:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 38780 at http://iowapublicradio.org Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" Play It Again And Again, Sam http://iowapublicradio.org/post/play-it-again-and-again-sam <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH45A6ek45s</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 38762 at http://iowapublicradio.org Play It Again And Again, Sam OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart http://iowapublicradio.org/post/oi-shines-lvb-dmitri-barber-mozart <p>Mozart was 23 when he wrote a concerto so rich that not even he would ever surpass it. It's for Violin and Viola (K. 364) and when Orchestra Iowa performed the work recently, &nbsp;i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nstead of bringing in touring soloists, they shined the spotlight on their own &nbsp;first violinist Luke&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Witchger&nbsp;and principal violist Lisa&nbsp;Ponton.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; They were amazing:</span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:51:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 38697 at http://iowapublicradio.org OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa <div><div><strong><em>Just an ordinary weekend in Iowa: </em></strong>Sure, if you were in London you could hear the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Beethoven and Bruckner, and next weekend, see Sadler's Wells dance a&nbsp;Stravinsky&nbsp;double-bill. But think of the traffic and the cost of living! Meanwhile, here in Iowa? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:57:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 38616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/eyes-ears-osmo-sibelius-5-tonight-6 <p>When someone shouted "<strong>Osmo, come home</strong>,” it touched off&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"five minutes of clamorous applause, which quickly turned rhythmic." That demonstration was in Minneapolis this weekend, says the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/arts/music/no-decisions-yet-on-minnesota-ensembles-conductor.html?hpw&amp;rref=arts" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">New York Times</a>, which adds:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ince m</span><span style="l Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:44:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 38413 at http://iowapublicradio.org Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 In The First Violins — At Least For One Night http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-violins-least-one-night <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5BoFihAJw</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:12:06 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 37985 at http://iowapublicradio.org In The First Violins — At Least For One Night Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/happy-bachs-sort-birthday-0 <p></p><p>It's Bach's Birthday! - or is it? The calendars in Eisenach on the day of his birth read March 21st, but back in 1685 Thuringians were&nbsp; still using the Julian calendar, so our equivalent date is "March 31st," ("equivalent" in being about ten days after the vernal equinox). But old habits die hard, especially addictive ones, and Bach is by far my primary addiction. How about if we just party for ten days?</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:43:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 37906 at http://iowapublicradio.org Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-zingarescas-studio-set-ipr <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. They told Barney Sherman about&nbsp;composing Roma&nbsp;music in Moscow,&nbsp;performing with Eugene&nbsp;Hutz&nbsp;at Madonna's birthday party, and reading&nbsp;a scene in Dostoevsky that connects Roma and Klezmer&nbsp;musicians. And they demonstrated the special sound and style of their instruments. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:12:53 +0000 Barney Sherman 37486 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-fathoms-studio-renaissance-set <p>If you missed the in-studio live set of Renaissance music by Fathom, not to worry - Fortune has smiled on you! You can listen to the mp3 with the widget below or to a WAV file <a href="https://soundcloud.com/barneysherman/the-fathom-early-music" target="_blank">at this link.</a>&nbsp; The group performed music written from the 1400s through February, 2014 (by Mary Larew, a native of Iowa and member of Fathom), all of it focused on the theme of Lady Luck. The six members of Fathom each have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:08:33 +0000 Barney Sherman 36982 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-settecento-italian-baroque-ames <p>Join us Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear selections from the Ames concert by one of today's leading Baroque ensembles, Trio Settecento. Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, cellist/ gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader perform music of the Italian Baroque as guests of Ames Town and Gown. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:09:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 36945 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kristallnacht-commemoration-monday-7 <p>There's another chance to hear&nbsp;wcfsymphony’s commemoration of the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that some believe marked the beginning of the Final Solution. The concert was organized by Jason Weinberger, who tells Jacqueline Halbloom about his four grandparents, all of whom survived Nazi camps, and leads a host of musicians and speakers from around the community. Participants included Hunter Capoccioni, Cedar Valley Chamber Musicians, the Metropolitan Chorale, the Wartburg Choir, the Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff, and Lee Nelson. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:44:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 36625 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tallis-fantasia-scottish-fantasy-dmso <p>Hear Joe Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams's <em>Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis </em>and a lesser-known gem, based on Scottish folk melodies, Max Bruch's <em>Scottish Fantasy. </em>The soloist in the Bruch is&nbsp;the award-winning young Japanese violinist&nbsp;Fumiaki Miura. Also on the program: Wagner's <em>Rienzi </em>Overture and Richard Strauss's <em>Rosenkavalier </em>suite. The broadcast, on Sunday at 12 noon and Monday at 7PM, is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:36:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 36347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mets-woman-without-shadow-noon <p>Richard Strauss scored "Die Frau ohne Schatten" for, count 'em, 164 instruments; the percussion alone include "glass harmonica, 4 timpani, 5 Chinese gongs, cymbals, snare drum, rute, sleigh bells, bass drum, tenor drum, big field drum, triangle, tambourine, 2 castanets, tamtam, whip (slapstick), xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, 2 celestas." Budgets alone would make performance rare, as do&nbsp;scenery challenges (like a golden waterfall and, we're not making this up, children singing out of a frying pan). Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:06:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 36328 at http://iowapublicradio.org Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon Symphonies of Iowa Presents DMSO's Scottish Fantasy and Rosenkavalier Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-dmsos-scottish-fantasy-and-rosenkavalier-concert <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Join Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s performance with Fumiaki Miura, a young Japanese violinist as he makes his debut with the Des Moines Symphony.&nbsp; Miuara, winner of the international Joseph Joachim Violin Competition will join the symphony for an inspiring performance of Bruch’s <em>Scottish Fantasy</em>. Also included on this program is Strauss’s romantic Suite from<em> Der Rosenkavalier</em>.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35517 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa Presents DMSO's Scottish Fantasy and Rosenkavalier Concert Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hadelich-overcomes-injury-attains-greatness <p>Doctors told 15-year-old violin prodigy&nbsp;Augustin Hadelich he would never play again. A tractor fire at his family's farm had badly burned his upper body, including his bowing arm. But after many months of physical therapy Hadelich came back - and now, at age 29, he has won top international awards, been entrusted with two consecutive Stradivarius violins, and earned praise from critics like Alex Ross, who wrote in <em>The New Yorker </em>that Hadelich&nbsp;has not only "fast-fingered brilliance" but also "the musicality and freewheeling fantasy that... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:08:19 +0000 Barney Sherman 36099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness Orchestra Iowa players: Haydn, Mozart, Brahms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowa-players-haydn-mozart-brahms <p>Join us tonight at 7 to hear Orchestra Iowa principal players delight with masterpieces for horn by Haydn and Mozart and a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">supreme works for string by Brahms. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:58:37 +0000 Barney Sherman 36060 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa players: Haydn, Mozart, Brahms Orchestra Iowa soloists shine in 3 gems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowa-soloists-shine-3-gems <p>Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as four Orchestra Iowa members perform overlooked gems by Mozart, Schubert and Faure. They start with an unfinished String Trio by the teenage Schubert, continue with a Piano Trio in C major that Mozart wrote while working on his "Jupiter" Symphony, then come<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> together for a powerful Piano Quartet in G Minor by </span>Faure, his second<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:21:51 +0000 Barney Sherman 36018 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa soloists shine in 3 gems Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS http://iowapublicradio.org/post/herrera-weill-black-history-month-ias <p>Join Jacqueline Halbloom at 5PM&nbsp;as Iowa Arts Showcase finds out about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallcorn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jazz Festival,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a Kurt </span>Weill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> show with poetry by Langston Hughes, and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 03:13:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 35986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS Symphonies of Iowa Presents the Orchestra Iowa Chamber's First 2013-2014 Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-orchestra-iowa-chambers-first-2013-2014-concert <p>The first Orchestra Iowa Chamber concert of the 2013-2014 season, entitled <em>Fall Romance</em>, includes the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. This program features violinists Luke Witchger and Karla Galva, violists Lisa Ponton and Amanda Grimm, cellist Carey Bostian, bass Volkan Orhon, and Charles Harris on horn. Please join Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> for our broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Showcase Chamber <em>Fall Romance</em> performance.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35516 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa Presents the Orchestra Iowa Chamber's First 2013-2014 Concert Think Denk: Jeremy's Mozart from SF @7PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/think-denk-jeremys-mozart-sf-7pm <p>Last year, &nbsp;<strong>Jeremy Denk</strong> won a MacArthur "Genius" fellowship, published a memoir in t<em>he New Yorker</em>, signed a contract with Random House to expand that article into a book, &nbsp;and - oh, yes - won a place on IPR's&nbsp;"<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/favorite-classical-cds-2013" target="_blank">Favorite Classical CDs of 2013"</a>&nbsp;list for his recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." All of this makes us eager to hear him play one of Mozart's most celebrated piano concertos, no. 25 in C major. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:32:33 +0000 Barney Sherman 35753 at http://iowapublicradio.org Think Denk: Jeremy's Mozart from SF @7PM February Iowa Arts Showcase Takes Center Stage Saturday, February 8 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/february-iowa-arts-showcase-takes-center-stage-saturday-february-8 <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s February Edition of the <em>Iowa Arts Showcase </em>provides a front row seat to the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallcorn Jazz Festival and Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz with guest artist Nachito Herrera. Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom sits down with Herrera to discuss his early introduction to the world of classical and jazz piano along with his experience as an educator. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:46:50 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35717 at http://iowapublicradio.org February Iowa Arts Showcase Takes Center Stage Saturday, February 8