Barney Sherman

Classical Music Host

Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday and Sunday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications. Another topic he has written about is Iowa, for The Atlantic (and for Iowa Public Radio!).

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Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage  in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."

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Join us at 7PM to hear an "unusually sensitive and humane" concert performance of Verdi's Requiem by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and their chief conductor, Mariss Jansons. In this performance, reported one critic, "the whole piece came together as [a] long, beautiful and genuinely moving prayer..." The Netherlands Radio Chorus was "world class," and the soloists (Anja Hartenos, Stephanie Blythe, Dimitri Pittas, and Orlin Anastassov) were exceptional. Hear the result for yourself on IPR Wednesday night.

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Tune in at 7 PM to hear the work Mozart left unfinished at his death - the Requiem - performed in concert by the Dresden Staatskapelle. The Staatskapelle, one of the world's oldest and most admired orchestras, is led by its new music director, Christian Thielemann.

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Join us tonight at 7 or tomorrow at 2 pm as our "Arias in April" series continues with the Des Moines Metro Opera in Richard Strauss's  Elektra. The beginning of a long collaboration between Strauss and the noted author Hugo von Hoffmansthal, the opera powerfully retells the Greek myth. For performers, Elektra still presents major challenges  - which the DMMO surmounts with style. Tune in to hear them! Jacqueline Halbloom produced and hosts IPR's broadcast.

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Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Mark Adamo's new opera, "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "lushly beautiful, suffused with ripe tonal harmonies and urgent, arching melodies that lodge immediately in the listener's memory."

Tune in today at 1 PM as cellist Anthony Arnone plays selections from Bach's Suites for Solo Cello live from IPR's studios in Cedar Falls. Arnone, a professor at the University of Iowa, will not only play, but also talk to IPR's Barney Sherman about the music and his project of playing Bach in unexpected public places.

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Among the many delights that Barney Sherman has scheduled this week is a new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos that will make you fall in love with them yet again. We all thought we knew how these concertos sound - but these performances glow with warm, rich timbres we haven't yet heard from other period-instrument (or modern-instrument) groups. We all have a sense for how they move, but these have a natural interplay among the musicians and a liveliness that comes from within the music (as opposed to velocity imposed from without).

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Benjamin Britten came to the USA in 1939, but sailed home to England in 1942. What had made his homesickness too powerful to ignore was reading the poetry of  George Crabbe, which was set in Britten's home county of Suffolk.

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Tune in tonight at 7 as Marin Alsop conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's last symphony, a heartfelt emotional journey known as the "Pathetique," and in a beautiful work by the Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, Azul. Composed for Yo-Yo Ma, Azul is now being performed by other cellists, including the soloist in this concert, Joshua Roman.

October 10th is the 200th birthday of one of music's most perceptive and passionate humanists, Giuseppe Verdi, who made the New York Times's recent list of the 10 greatest composers. Barney Sherman, Fred Childs and IPR will share some choice examples of why, along with the music of Beethoven, Brahms and other greats whom he admired or who admired him. Tune in!

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Mahler's 9th Symphony "expresses an extraordinary love of the earth," said Alban Berg; yet "it comes from eternity," said Herbert von Karajan. Hear an extraordinary performance by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Daniele Gatti, the music director of the French National Orchestra and Zurich Opera. Reviewing the September concert, one critic wrote that "the sound of this wonderful orchestra really opened up" and that "Gatti’s and the orchestra’s pacing and shaping of this was excellent."

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Tune in this afternoon as Tim Hankewich joins Barney Sherman to tell us about the upcoming Bachtoberfest concerts in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Ottumwa  - and Barney shares a new recording of The Goldberg Variations that would knock Bach's wig off!

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Tune in at noon as IPR's "Opera in October" series begins with the Des Moines Metro Opera's "Romeo and Juliet." This production of Gounod's classic - known above all for its beautiful love duets - features Sara Gartland and Jason Slayden in the title roles. IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom produces and hosts the series.

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Join us for October’s Iowa Arts Showcase. Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews: Jeff Fleming of the Des Moines Art Center about its upcoming Gravity and Grace exhibit featuring the art of El Anatsui; Iowa Composer’s Forum members Jillian Whitaker of UNI and Jerry Owen of Coe College; actress Tanna Frederick, cofounder of the Iowa Independent Film Festival;  and Bernard McDonald and Bruce Brown about their upcoming Simpson College opera productions.

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Tune in at 7PM for Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto and 3rd Symphony from two leading artists -  Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Andsnes, who was recently elected to Gramophone's Hall of Fame, is in the midst of what he calls his "Beethoven journey," and his recent recording of this concerto was praised widely - but all present say he surpassed it in this concert performance. As for Dudamel, he and the LA Philharmonic have recorded the "Eroica" Symphony, but they, too, apparently surpassed the recording in this concert.

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Tune in Thursday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" Alicia Weilerstein brings her cello to the New York Philharmonic, joining its concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the Double Concerto of Brahms. Conducting is Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur , who also leads the Brahms Symphony no. 2. Alec Baldwin hosts the broadcast.

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Join us at 7PM for Beethoven's 9th Symphony (preceded by his 2nd) in a concert by Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of young Israeli and Arab musicians, the West-Eastern Divan. Before, at 5 pm, you can hear him lead the Vienna Philharmonic in Johann Strauss, Jr., and - as pianist - play Mendelssohn, Mozart, and the Chopin Concerto no. 2 (conducted by the Boston Symphony's new music director, Andris Nelsons). You'll also hear him say, "I pray every day that I will not get comfortable in my old age."

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Tune in Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa presents "Star-Crossed Lovers" - music inspired by Shakespeare's tragic lovers, including a new work written in Iowa. After Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy and music from Prokofiev's ballet, we'll hear the dances from Bernstein's West Side Story, which transplanted the story to Harlem. But first, we'll hear Drive By, by Grinnell faculty member Eric McIntyre. Narrated by actor Frank Oden, it presents a unique twist on the story of Romeo and Juliet by combining orchestral nuance with beat poetry.

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Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Riccardo Muti, perform Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4, the "Italian," Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne, Respighi's "Roman Festivals" and, for good measure, the Fifth Symphony of Antonin Dvorak - not an Italian, but with this orchestra and conductor, who's complaining?

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Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title roles is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Join us Friday at 7PM as the LA Philharmonic and their brilliant young Venezuelan music director Gustavo Dudamel return to our airwaves with a new season of concert broadcasts. The opening concert includes Ravel's heartrendingly beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess, Stravinsky's riotously revolutionary Rite of Spring, and the premiere of a symphony by the noted American composer Steven Stucky, written for the occasion.

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Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the New York Philharmonic play Dmitri Shostakovich. American cello master Lynn Harrell is the soloist in the First Cello Concerto, and Russian conductor Andrei Boreyko leads the Fourth Symphony.

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If you heard Gabriel Kahane in IPR's Studio One last year, you can hear his musician dad Jeffrey on Performance Today at 5 PM. He performs Bach with Hilary Hahn, Mozart with the New York Philharmonic (he plays the piano solo and conducts as well), and Kenneth Frazelle's "Fiddler's Galaxy" with Joseph Swensen. The program also features violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff, and pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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Tune in Tuesday to sample the art of Sunwook Kim - the youngest pianist to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 40 years and the first Asian winner. He performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Janacek's Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 3. 

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Join us tonight to hear Hunter Capoccioni perform the Double-Bass Concerto written for him by the noted composer John Harbison. The International Society of Bassists commissioned  the piece for Hunter in memory of his late father.  Hunter is director of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival  and a UNI faculty artist. Also on the program are selections from Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito and from Samuel Barber's ballet Medea. Jason Weinberger conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.

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Join Barney Sherman Monday for an afternoon of classical music, with great pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Featured works include the last symphony of Haydn and an early hit of Beethoven, his Septet. Beethoven wrote this serenade with every intention of its becoming a best-seller, and it did, in some ways out-earning even the symphonies. If you wonder what music-lovers heard in it, wait till you hear the exceptional recording Barney has in store.

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Tune in at noon to hear the Mozart "Magic Flute" everyone's been talking about. It's designed by the celebrated Japanese artist Jun Kaneko (who now resides in Omaha, Nebraska!) and is sung in English. Albina Shagimuratova "dazzles" as the Queen of the Night, Nathan Gunn delights as Papageno, and Heidi Stober (with her "rare vivacity of voice and personality") triumphs as Pamina.

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Tune in Tuesday at 7 as Mariss Jansons leads his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony no. 2, the "Resurrection." One critic called it "quite astonishing" and "one of the best concerts I have attended." (Another wrote that it drove to "an overwhelming conclusion." Also on the broadcast: Andras Schiff performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 2.

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Join us  Monday 7 PM as the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform a sonata for two violins by French Baroque composer Jean-Marie LeClair, a string trio by Luigi Boccherini, and the String Quintet no. 2 of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn, often described as the greatest prodigy in the history of music, wrote a radiant Quintet in his teens, then returned to the medium near the end of his life, producing the work featured in this broadcast. It is darker and more passionately intense than its predecessor. Hear it on this encore broadcast of Symphonies of Iowa, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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