classical music en Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech Star mezzo-soprano <a href="" target="_blank">Joyce DiDonato</a> gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.<p>DiDonato has <a href="" target="_blank">posted</a> the text of her speech on her own website, and it's well worth 10 minutes of your time, whether you're an aspiring artist or need a gentle reminder Thu, 29 May 2014 01:00:31 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 41382 at Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM <p class="mti_font_element" style="border: 0px; font-family: 'DIN Next W01 Regular', sans-serif; line-height: 18px; vertical-align: baseline; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(76, 76, 76);">Violist Nadia Sirota&nbsp;- a leading advocate of new music, and former student of Jason Weinberger - recently joined the WCFSymphony&nbsp;to perform "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" - works written for her by Judd Greenstein and Daniel Bjarnson. Then Weinberger&nbsp;led the orchestra in the sumptuous (but violin-free) Serenade no. 2 of Brahms. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:12:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 39062 at Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM <p>Tune in at 3pm for a live in-studio concert of Renaissance music by the NY-based group Fathom.&nbsp; Its six members, including two Iowans, have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36821 at Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM Met's "Woman Without a 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 Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on 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 Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?) <p>How do you top a Super Bowl triumph?<strong> Renee Fleming </strong>does it by returning to a signature role - the love-struck sprite <strong>Rusalka </strong>in <strong>Dvorak's </strong>beautiful opera. Saturday at noon you can hear it live from the Metropolitan Opera on IPR&nbsp; - OR watch it live in HD video in theaters in <span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Ames, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Dubuque, Des Moines, Grinnell, and Iowa City. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:40:32 +0000 Barney Sherman 35907 at Renee's Rusalka (& O Say Was That 4/4?) Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "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 Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "Zingaresca"