Performance Today http://iowapublicradio.org en Blechacz Featured on Performance Today http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blechacz-featured-performance-today <p>Tune in at 5 PM Tuesday to hear the pianist everyone is talking about playing Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven - and to learn how to pronounce his name! Rafal Blechacz (who won all five first prizes at the International Chopin Competion in 2005) was just named the 2014 Gilmore Artist. What's unique about this $300,000 award, given every four years, is that recipients don't even know they are under consideration until they win. Also, in the second hour of PT, hear Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform Beethoven's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:36:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 34826 at http://iowapublicradio.org Blechacz Featured on Performance Today Imani Winds Live on Performance Today http://iowapublicradio.org/post/imani-winds-live-performance-today <p>Join Fred Child Tuesday at 6PM as the ever-innovate&nbsp;Imani Winds come into the studio to perform a work by member Valerie Coleman, "Red Clay and Mississippi Delta," as well as music by Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran. &nbsp;There's also some terrific Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and more!</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:42:44 +0000 Barney Sherman 34504 at http://iowapublicradio.org Imani Winds Live on Performance Today "Concerto Evening" on IPR Classical http://iowapublicradio.org/post/concerto-evening-ipr-classical <p>Tonight from 5-9 PM you can hear concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Bach, and Vivaldi, in live concert performances by some of today's great soloists. First, during Performance Today, Dame Mitsuko Uchida performs Mozart's radiant Piano Concerto no. 23 in A, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra from the keyboard. Then Argentine legend Martha Argerich solos in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 and Schumann's Piano Concerto. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:54:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 32664 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Concerto Evening" on IPR Classical Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical http://iowapublicradio.org/post/britten-100th-and-jfk-classical <p>Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:43:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 32494 at http://iowapublicradio.org Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical Performance Today from Aspen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-today-aspen <p>Every evening from 5 to 7 this week on Performance Today, you can hear what's happening at this year's Aspen Music Festival. Featured artists include established greats like guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg as well as admired newcomers like violinists Ray Chen and Stefan Jackiw. Tune in to sample the music they're making this week in the Rockies!</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:56:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 27427 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Today from Aspen Shaham in Mendelssohn, "Butterfly" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shaham-mendelssohn-butterfly <p>Tune in this afternoon and evening to hear the glorious Gil Shaham on record and in concert. The Israel-born, Illinois-bred violinist leads the International Sejong Soloists in Mendelssohn's Octet - surely the greatest work ever written by a 16 year old - on Barney Sherman's show. Then, on Performance Today, he plays the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, written in China in 1959.&nbsp; When a friend introduced him to the work a few years ago, his friend burst into tears because the music was so emotional.&nbsp; Hear Shaham play it, and see if it moves you, too.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:05:12 +0000 Barney Sherman 23337 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shaham in Mendelssohn, "Butterfly" Orpheus in Carnegie, Today at 5PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orpheus-carnegie-today-5pm <p>Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Thursday's Performance Today also brings us other talented artists playing Beethoven,&nbsp;Brahms, Grieg and more.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:24:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 23089 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orpheus in Carnegie, Today at 5PM Orpheus CO in Carnegie, Thurs @5PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orpheus-co-carnegie-thurs-5pm <p>Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Also on Thursday's Performance Today are other talented artists playing Beethoven,&nbsp;Brahms, Grieg and more.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:24:29 +0000 Barney Sherman 23087 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orpheus CO in Carnegie, Thurs @5PM Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/britten-piece-rostropovich-weds-5-pm <p>They seemed &nbsp;opposite: Mstislav Rostropovich, the fiery Soviet cellist, Benjamin Britten&nbsp; the cool-tempered English composer. But they shared uncompromising convictions about social issues and musical genius. On Wednesday's <em>Performance Today </em>Coleman Itzkoff, - PT"s Young Artist in Residence - brings to life music that Britten wrote for Rostropovich.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 03:07:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 22678 at http://iowapublicradio.org Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM Rite of Spring 100th Today http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rite-spring-100th-today <p>Wednesday, May 29 is the 100th&nbsp;anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's&nbsp;<em>Rite of Spring</em>, and while it no longer causes riots it still sounds radical, wild, and fresh. Hear it - introduced by<em> New Yorker </em>music critic Alex Ross - in the 6 PM hour of Performance Today. &nbsp;In the afternoon Barney Sherman will play part of it in the version Stravinsky first published, for piano four hands.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 02:31:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 21519 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rite of Spring 100th Today Wagner 200th on PT, McGlaughlin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wagner-200th-pt-mcglaughlin <p>What do we make of the complex legacy of Richard Wagner on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Wednesday? Both <em>Performance Today </em>with Fred Child (5-7 PM) and <em>Exploring Music</em> with Bill McGlaughlin (9-10 PM) are exploring the question this week with fascinating results. Tune in tonight to PT, for example, to hear Gabriel Faure's "Souvenirs of Bayreuth" - a cheeky quadrille on themes from the Ring Cycle - as well as Wagner in concert by leading performers (among those on PT this week are Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Sir Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen).</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 14:55:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 21108 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wagner 200th on PT, McGlaughlin