Classical Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bachs-passions-guides-npr-more <p>Careful writers think twice before using superlatives, but it's safe to say that<strong> Bach’s <em>St. Matthew Passion </em></strong>is&nbsp;the greatest musical work ever written for Good Friday services. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:16:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 39306 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More 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 Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... http://iowapublicradio.org/post/concert-review-wcfsymphony-takes-us-there <p><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa" target="_blank">Iowa's amazing classical &nbsp;month&nbsp;</a></strong>continues with <a href="http://www.trio826.com/#!live/cqnr" target="_blank"><strong>Trio 826 i</strong>n Cedar Falls and Rock Island</a>&nbsp;(watch this space), the <a href="https://dmsymphony.org/events/masterworks-6-giunta-conducts-beethoven-eroica/" target="_blank"><strong>Des Moines Symphony</strong>&nbsp;in <strong>Beethoven's Eroica Symphony</strong> and <strong>Violin Concerto</strong></a> this weekend, <strong><a href="http://events.kw Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:26:36 +0000 Barney Sherman 38855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... 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" 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! 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! Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-orchestras-make-music-about-iowa <p>Iowa's orchestras are commissioning works&nbsp;about Iowa; but how can music without words convey anything about a place? Some examples:</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:51:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 37707 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa Dr. Larsen - Reflecting on 42 Years of DMMO Opera History http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dr-larsen-reflecting-42-years-dmmo-opera-history <p></p><p>This year marks the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 42<sup>nd</sup> Festival Season. &nbsp;The season includes Verdi’s <em>La Traviata</em>, <em>Dead Man Walking</em> by Heggie, and Rossini’s <em>Le Comte Ory</em>. New this year will be their 2<sup>nd</sup> Stage Series presentation of Peter Brook’s <em>Tragedy of Carmen, </em>a riveting pared-down version of Bizet’s <em>Carmen</em>.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 37229 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dr. Larsen - Reflecting on 42 Years of DMMO Opera History Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux http://iowapublicradio.org/post/post-3-what-makes-it-classical-pt-deux <p>I’ve put it off all week, but the public clamor is getting overwhelming…um, would you believe a single email?... so: On to the follow-up! In my <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music" target="_blank">last post,</a> I explained why my trusty ideas about “what makes music classical” now seem confused, and I promised to follow up with a more viable approach. Here's a start. I don’t want to oversell it; at best, it’s only part of the answer. But for me, it helps clear at least some of the fog.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:23:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 37094 at http://iowapublicradio.org Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux 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 Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music <div dir="ltr"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Quick</strong>: <strong>define “classical music.”</strong> &nbsp;It may sound easy, but most of <em>my </em>attempts have been dead ends. They don't get you to much of the music.&nbsp;<strong>Later I’ll discuss a definition that I think works -&nbsp;</strong>it covers everything, and helps explain why classical music matters to us. But first let me give you <strong>a tour of some of the blind alleys.</strong></span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:27:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36373 at http://iowapublicradio.org Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "Zingaresca" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romarussian-guitar-session-zingaresca <p>With all eyes on Sochi, here's a little IPR&nbsp;extra for the ears: two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, who came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:29:52 +0000 Barney Sherman 35814 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "Zingaresca" My First Blog Post: "Not Dead Again" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-first-blog-post-not-dead-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month on <em><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-symphonies-evolve-survive" target="_blank">Talk of Iowa</a></em>,&nbsp;</span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank">Charity </a></strong></span><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank">Nebbe</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank"> </a></strong>hosted four Iowa music directors–</span></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:27:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 35643 at http://iowapublicradio.org My First Blog Post: "Not Dead Again"