Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org en Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mighty-wurlitzer-returns-cr-mahler-walton <p>The 2008 Cedar Rapids flood badly damaged the Wurlitzer organ at the Paramount Theatre, but it is now fully restored, and this March was unveiled in concert. For its victorious return, Orchestra Iowa chose two masterpieces that need a huge organ: Walton’s splendid <em>Te Deum</em> and Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony. With two choruses, two soloists and full orchestra, this colossal performance brought together the largest ensemble ever to appear at the Paramount. Jacqueline Halbloom produced and hosts IPR's broadcast as part of our Symphonies of Iowa series.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 39411 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowas-beethoven-7-italian-gems <p>Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa performs "the apotheosis of the dance" - Beethoven's wildly inspired Seventh Symphony - preceded by two neglected Italian masterpieces. Nino Rota is best known for his film scores for Fellini and Coppola, but was even more important as a concert composer, and double-bass virtuoso Volkan Orhon shows what we've been missing in the Divertimento Concertante. And Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne is an inexplicably neglected beauty, as Tim Hankewich and the orchestra demonstrate in this concert recorded at the Paramount in Cedar Rapids. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 36959 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems Wildlife Populations Down This Winter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wildlife-populations-down-winter <p>Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.</p><p>First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:25:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36925 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wildlife Populations Down This Winter "Opal" Sneak Preview Live @Noon Today! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opal-sneak-preview-live-noon-today <p>Join us at noon for a live sneak preview of <em>Opal</em>, by Iowa’s own Robert Lindsey-Nassif - who has composed eight new songs&nbsp; for his acclaimed musical and re-orchestrated it for its Midwest premiere (at CSPS in Cedar Rapids). Jacqueline Halbloom will host Robert and members of the cast; they'll perform selections and tell us more about the story of Opal Whitely, who was orphaned in a shipwreck and raised in an Oregon lumber camp, and grew up to be a well-known nature writer.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:43:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 35108 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Opal" Sneak Preview Live @Noon Today! Iowa Arts Showcase Saturday at 11 and 5 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-saturday-11-and-5 <p>Join host Jacqueline Halbloom for this month's Iowa Arts Showcase at 11Am or 5PM. Her guests include Iowa native Robert Lindsay-Nassif, speaking about his acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, <em>Opal</em>, to be produced this month in Cedar Rapids. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 23:27:26 +0000 Barney Sherman 34403 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase Saturday at 11 and 5 As holidays approach, Iowa food pantries see increased demand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/holidays-approach-iowa-food-pantries-see-increased-demand <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday season is always a busy time for Iowa food pantries, but federal cuts have led to an increased need this year. As Iowa Public Radio’s </span>Durrie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bouscaren<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, they’re expecting even harder times ahead.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:24:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 33505 at http://iowapublicradio.org As holidays approach, Iowa food pantries see increased demand Plans coming together for Cedar Rapids medical district http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plans-coming-together-cedar-rapids-medical-district <div><p>Plans for developing a regional medical district in the center of Cedar Rapids are beginning to come together. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, area hospitals hope that by joining together, they can compete with other cities.&nbsp;</p></div><p></p><p></p><p>The MedQuarter in Cedar Rapids includes two large hospitals, smaller clinics, and nearby businesses. As a Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID,&nbsp;the group can levy taxes to improve the area.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:34:20 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 31150 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plans coming together for Cedar Rapids medical district Creative Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/creative-communities <p>Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created <a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/~ican/Papers%202006/braindrain122806.pdf">serious problems</a> for the state.&nbsp; It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:39:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 30966 at http://iowapublicradio.org Creative Communities Budget cuts, uncertainty force residential care facility to close http://iowapublicradio.org/post/budget-cuts-uncertainty-force-residential-care-facility-close <p></p><p>One week before the <a href="http://www.abbecc.org/">Abbe Center</a>&rsquo;s scheduled closing, Brandie Anderson came to pack up a van with her mother&rsquo;s belongings, destined for the nearby Penn Center.</p><p>&ldquo;It was just nice to know she was here, I think this was the safest place for her. My mom just wasn&rsquo;t a number or a resident, she was a person here,&rdquo; Anderson said. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 29725 at http://iowapublicradio.org Budget cuts, uncertainty force residential care facility to close Brucemorchestra LIVE! Tonight at 7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/brucemorchestra-live-tonight-7-pm <p>If you can't make it to Orchestra Iowa's annual outdoor concert at the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, tune in to IPR Classical to hear it live. Tim Hankewich and co. will perform three Russian masterpieces everyone knows (and loves!): the <em>Polovtsian Dances </em>by Borodin (the basis of the song "Stranger in Paradise"); the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninoff, featuring Iowa's extraordinary Miko Kominami as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, with its rich drama, colorful evocations of Russian folk music, and barn-burning finale. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 04:19:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 28737 at http://iowapublicradio.org Brucemorchestra LIVE! Tonight at 7 PM WCFSO, Orchestra Iowa Outdoors on IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wcfso-orchestra-iowa-outdoors-ipr <p>Two of Iowa's finest orchestra will perform outdoors this weekend, and IPR takes you there.&nbsp; At RiverLoop Ampitheatre in Waterloo at 7:30 tonight, you can hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and a pair of Slavonic Dances (Jason Weinberger tells Barney Sherman about it in the first clip below). Then, Sunday night at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa performs an all-Russian program - Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky - to be broadcast live as part of IPR's Performance Iowa series. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:35:12 +0000 Barney Sherman 28726 at http://iowapublicradio.org WCFSO, Orchestra Iowa Outdoors on IPR Biomaterials to breathe new life into vacant Cryovac plant http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biomaterials-breathe-new-life-vacant-cryovac-plant <p>A young company from upstate New York, that manufactures packaging materials with agricultural waste is moving into an empty facility in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The old Cryovac building on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids has been vacant for almost five years, ever since parent company Sealed Air closed the 250-person food packaging division. The announcement came&nbsp; about six months after the 2008 flood.</p><p>But now, new life is coming into the building—in the form of fungus.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:05:30 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 28514 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biomaterials to breathe new life into vacant Cryovac plant Art carries meaning for new Cedar Rapids ampitheatre http://iowapublicradio.org/post/art-carries-meaning-new-cedar-rapids-ampitheatre <p>"Crystal Impressions" will stand at the entrance to the new Cedar Rapids amphitheater along the Cedar River. The floodable, concrete amphitheater incorporates earthen berms and flood walls to protect some of the city's west side.</p><p>Husband-and-wife duo Tom and Jean Latka created the piece in their Pueblo, Colorado studio.</p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:19:51 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27879 at http://iowapublicradio.org Art carries meaning for new Cedar Rapids ampitheatre Cedar Rapids job fair focuses on veterans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-job-fair-focuses-veterans <p>Nationally, unemployment rates for veterans are in decline, but the highest rates of joblessness are suffered by soldiers most <a href="http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130322.htm">recently returned from deployment.</a></p><p>Back home, finding a job can be a challenge--whether it be finding the right words for a resume, or getting re-certified for the civilian equivalent of a military job.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:48:46 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27776 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids job fair focuses on veterans Iowa Business Beat: Rockwell Collins Buys Airinc, John Deere Earnings Beat Projections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-rockwell-collins-buys-airinc-john-deere-earnings-beat-projections <p></p><p>Many Iowans work for two companies in recent business headlines. In a nearly 1.4 billion dollar deal, Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins announced it was buying communication system company Airinc. Rockwell Collins CEO, Kelly Ortberg, calls it the biggest deal the company has undertaken.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:57:58 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 27675 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: Rockwell Collins Buys Airinc, John Deere Earnings Beat Projections Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/big-ideas-group-ties-innovation-community-cedar-rapids <p>A small group of teachers in Cedar Rapids is trying a new way to inspire students to learn, by getting them out of the classroom and working on projects with community mentors. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the Big Ideas Group is wrapping up a summer pilot program, and will become an option for students across the district this Fall.</p><p>To get an idea of how this works, take 12th grader McKenna Cole, who—at a weekly meeting, explains to her fellow students why she’s working with a wastewater treatment plant to test how poplar trees can filter water.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 27040 at http://iowapublicradio.org Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids The Geese of Cedar Rapids: A Love Story http://iowapublicradio.org/post/geese-cedar-rapids-love-story <p>In Cedar Rapids, Canada geese are a constant sight in parks, rivers, and pretty much everywhere else. For years the city has tried to control the waterfowl, most recently by implementing a no-feeding ordinance in public parks. Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports from the front lines.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 23147 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Geese of Cedar Rapids: A Love Story Preserving Iowa's Soil After Flooding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/preserving-iowas-soil-after-flooding <p>After two major flooding events for Iowa in 1993 and 2008, and a number of significant flooding events in-between, Iowans need to ask hard questions about how we have altered our environment.</p><p>Today on "Talk of Iowa" we talk about agricultural and urban flooding. We'll take a look at changes we've made to our landscape that has made it more prone to flooding.&nbsp; We'll also discuss both the damage flooding can cause, and some innovative ways farmers, homeowners and city planners can prevent flooding or at least minimize the damage it can cause.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:54:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe 19781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Preserving Iowa's Soil After Flooding Are You Smarter than a "Smart Meter"? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/are-you-smarter-smart-meter <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Iowa City is testing new parking meters for their downtown shopping district, known as smart meters. They take credit cards and allow parkers to pay with their phones, and are slowly popping up in communities throughout Iowa.</p><p>But the hard part is often teaching people how to use them.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:09:11 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 19690 at http://iowapublicradio.org Are You Smarter than a "Smart Meter"? Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-lehars-merry-widow <p>On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Arias in April</em>&nbsp;concludes with&nbsp;an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of <em>The Merry Widow</em>. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, <em>The Merry Widow</em> tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of 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.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:12:12 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18404 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow New Bo Market & Paramount Theatre Open in CR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-bo-market-paramount-theatre-open-cr <div><font size="4">Seattle has Pike Place Market, Detroit has Eastern Market and Los Angeles has Grand Central, now Cedar Rapids has <a href="http://www.newbocitymarket.com/" target="_blank">New Bo City&nbsp;</a> </font><font size="4"><a href="http://www.newbocitymarket.com/" target="_blank">Market</a></font><font size="4">. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:14:04 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10118 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Bo Market & Paramount Theatre Open in CR Summer Series: Manufacturing Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/summer-series-manufacturing-communities <p>Iowa ranks in the top 10 states most dependent on manufacturing, and the more than six-thousand manufacturing firms located in the state represent almost 11-percent of all employment.&nbsp; We continue our summer series on Iowa towns with a look at how manufacturing has shaped the history, economy and education of Iowa communities.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:59:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4823 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Series: Manufacturing Communities Obama focuses on economy in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-focuses-economy-cedar-rapids <p></p><p>President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. He spent a lot of time discussing his call this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to the middle class. He also addressed the economy… something his presumptive GOP opponent, Mitt Romney has attacked him on. And as Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, how he addresses the lagging economy could be what makes or breaks his reelection. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 4492 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama focuses on economy in Cedar Rapids Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering http://iowapublicradio.org/post/four-years-after-flood-cedar-rapids-still-recovering <p>&nbsp;</p><p>This weeks marks four years since the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids.</p><p>The worst natural disaster in Iowa&rsquo;s history dislocated tens of thousands of people from their homes and is costing many millions of dollars in public money.</p><p>As Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports, even now the impacts of the flood are everywhere you look.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:27:33 +0000 Kate Wells 3196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Four years after flood, Cedar Rapids still recovering Last Call for Flooded Residents http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-call-flooded-residents <p>Nearly four years after the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, you can still sell your damaged home to the city.&nbsp;That window&rsquo;s about to close, however.&nbsp;More than 100 people have signed up for the final round of buyouts &ndash; even though they&rsquo;ve stuck it out this long.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Kate Wells 1697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Last Call for Flooded Residents Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gun-violence-spreads-cedar-rapids <p>Gun violence in Cedar Rapids is at an all-time high.<br />Police say they&rsquo;re not sure what&rsquo;s behind the massive spike.<br />And the violence is spreading to parts of town once considered safe.</p><p>Wellington Heights is not one of those parts of town. You could say it has a bad rep in Cedar Rapids,<br />thanks to some of the highest crime rates in the city. But lately, things are getting worse.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 13:22:26 +0000 Kate Wells 934 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gun Violence Spreads in Cedar Rapids Saving a Sullivan? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/saving-sullivan <p>In Cedar Rapids, there&rsquo;s a fight to save an historic church some believe was designed by one of America&rsquo;s greatest architects.&nbsp;But time is running out until the building is demolished&hellip;for a parking lot.&nbsp;Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Kate Wells reports.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 165 at http://iowapublicradio.org Saving a Sullivan?