Barney Sherman

Senior Music Producer

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 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.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon with Barney Sherman

Could ours be a golden age of classical music? Around the world and around our state, people are writing music that goes straight to the heart, and performing older masterworks with the fluency of people speaking a native tongue. Barney's mission is to make it easy for you to connect to this new era of classical excellence, while providing you with musical companionship you can count on every afternoon.

Classical
4:55 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Orchestra Iowa: Brahms 3, Elgar Enigma

Orchestra Iowa
Credit Carl D. Bromberg / Orchestra Iowa

Tune in at 7 PM to hear Orchestra Iowa in one of music director Tim Hankewich's favorite works: Brahms's Third Symphony. Also on the program is a Concertino by Carl Maria von Weber, with euphonium soloist Roger Oyster, and Edward Elgar's "Enigma" Variations. The concert was recorded in March and is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase Today at 5 PM

Mozart, in an unfinished 1782 painting by his brother-in-law.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join Jacqueline Halbloom for previews of some major arts events in our state. This month, director Laura Johnson leads off, telling us about the production in Iowa City this weekend of Mozart's second-to-last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Next comes David Janssen of the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids on this summer's events; then Hugh Pettersen of the Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls tells us about the upcoming Creme de la Creme 13. Finally, Michael Egle of the Des Moines Metro Opera updates us on its next season. Hear them at 5 PM Saturday on IPR Classical.

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Classical
11:39 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Trio 826 (and Lecuona) on IPR

Left to right: pianist Rene Lecuona and the members of Trio 826: Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard.
Credit juliabullard.com

Tune in Saturday at 7 AM or Sunday at 6 PM to hear a new Iowa-centered chamber group, Trio 826,  recorded in concert. The Trio - violist Julia Bullard of UNI, cellist Hannah Holman, formerly of the Maia Quartet, and violinist Susanna Klein - are joined by pianist Rene Lecuona of the University of  Iowa. On the program are string trios by Borodin (transcribed by Dr. Bullard) and Kodaly, a work by Robert Washut, and Faure's Piano Quartet no. 1. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.

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Classical
11:31 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Met's "Carmelites," Today at Noon

Erin Morley as Constance and Isabel Leonard as Blanche in Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites"
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c)

Francis Poulenc's "Dialogue of the Carmelites," one of the Met's most acclaimed productions, airs live today starting at 12 noon. Poulenc tells the story of Carmelite nuns martyred  in the French Revolution with what the New York Times calls "eloquent music that hardly calls attention to itself yet lingers with you." Patricia Racette, Erin Morley, Isabel Leonard, and Felicity Palmer head the cast; Louis Langree conducts.

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Classical
11:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

NY Phil Premieres "Prospero's Rooms"

Violinist Joshua Bell
Credit Yvonne Kao (from Flickr)

Tune in Thursday at 7 pm to hear "Prospero's Rooms"  - a piece by Christopher Rouse based on Edgar Allen Poe's  "Masque of the Red Death" - premiered by the New York Philharmonic  with music director Alan Gilbert. Also on the program is  Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony, inspired in part by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad," and Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade," inspired by Plato's "Symposium," performed by Joshua Bell. The broadcast is hosted by Alec Baldwin.

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Classical
10:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Philadelphia's Carnegie Triumph, at 7 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin take a bow at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Credit musical photo man (at Flickr.com)

The players stomped their feet to applaud the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - that's how great the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Carnegie Hall concert was.  Hear it for yourself tonight at 7 on SymphonyCast. The New York Times said, "The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better." On the program are Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan is the soloist), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

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Classical
4:45 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Iowa-Inspired Music from the WCFSO

Barn near Cedar Falls, photographed by Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Credit Jason Weinberger (via Flickr)

Join us tonight at 7  to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform three works inspired by the Midwest. Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is his creative response to Iowa's prairies and farm life. Antonin Dvorak’s “American Suite” draws on his visit to the United States, including a summer in Iowa. Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land depicts the story of a young girl about to leave her home on a Midwestern farm. Jason Weinberger conducts, on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

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Classical
10:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UNI's Delightful "Fledermaus" Airs Saturday

The University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's production of "Die Fledermaus"
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Tune in Saturday at 7 PM for the UNI Opera Theatre's irresistible production of Johann Strauss Jr's witty, melodious  "Die Fledermaus." It's performed in communicative English and led by Jonathan Girard.  The broadcast is part of our "Arias in April" series. (Bonus: watch the rehearsal of the overture:

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Classical
9:58 am
Thu April 25, 2013

NYPhil's Mozart, Beethoven, & French Mystics

The New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City - the location of this week's broadcast concert.
Credit Yuan2003, Flickr.com

Tune in at 7 tonight to hear pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Mozart's 23rd Concerto, plus a new concerto written for him by fellow Frenchman Tristan Murail. Also, American David Robertson conducts Beethoven's irresistible Symphony no. 2, and a work by the mystical Frenchman Olivier Messiaen. As usual, Alec Baldwin hosts this weekly broadcast of the New York Philharmonic.

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Classical
9:36 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Concertgebouw and Liu, Tonight at 7

Inside the Royal Concertgebouw ("concert building") in Amsterdam, home of the orchestra voted the world's best by an international jury in 2010.
Credit Amsterdam Municipal Department for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites (bMA)

Hear the orchestra voted the world's finest with the rising Taiwanese conductor Shoa-Chia Liu in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Debussy's Images at 7 pm on IPR Classical. Liu, who was music director of the Hannover State Opera and now heads the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, has been called "exceptionally gifted" and a "master of nuance" by the German press. As for the Royal Concertgebouw, it came in #1 in a 2010 Gramophone poll of international critics. The concert comes to us from SymphonyCast.

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Classical
9:33 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

DMSO and Nadja on Symphonies of Iowa

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Hear Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, one of America's leading violinists, tonight at 7 with the Des Moines Symphony. She performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with what the Des Moines Register called "intense focus but a light touch... lilting through the middle section and scampering like a giddy squirrel through the finale."
Also on the progam: music from Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Franck's beautiful Symphony in D Minor. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

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Classical
10:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Met's "Ring" Cycle Part 3, Saturday at 10 AM

Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Martina Serafin as Sieglinde
Credit Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Siegfried, the third part of Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle, airs live from the Metropolitan Opera starting at 10 AM Saturday on IPR Classical.  Jay Hunter Morris reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the title hero, and Deborah Voigt returns as Brunnhilde.

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10:14 am
Thu April 18, 2013

DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm

Scene from the Des Moines Metro Opera's 40th Anniversary Season production of Eugene Onegin, to be broadcast on IPR Saturday at 7 PM.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

An epic tale from Pushkin meets the irresistible melodies and dances of Tchaikovsky in Eugene Onegin - and you can hear the Des Moines Metro Opera's production in an encore broadcast on IPR's Arias in April series tonight, Saturday April 20th, at 7 p.m . Iowa’s own John Moore, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the title role, and Jane Shaulis, who has also sung at the Met, is Filippyevna. Other cast members include Jan Cornelius, Elise Qualgliata, and Cody Austin.

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Classical
9:05 am
Wed April 17, 2013

McGlaughlin Explores Roaring '20s at 9 PM

Bill McGlaughlin hosting "Exploring Music"
Credit Wikimedia Commons and Exploring Music

In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers, radio became a multimillion dollar industry and art and literature flowed like bathtub gin. On this week's "Exploring Music," Host Bill McGlaughlin gives us a guided tour through the Roaring '20s in New York, Paris and Berlin, introducing us to music from about two dozen composers, including Igor Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, Edgar Varese, Kurt Weill, Maurice Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre, Bela Bartok and Jerome Kern.

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Classical
8:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dudamel and Bolivar Orchestra Tonight at 7

Gustavo Dudamel
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Tune in tonight at 7 PM to hear a concert by Gustavo Dudamel - the phenomenal young music director of the LA Philharmonic  - and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, with which he started his career. Featured is music by Latin American composers Silvestre Revueltas, Julion Orbon, Carlos Chavez, and Arturo Marquez. As an encore, SymphonyCast will broadcast the final movement of Mahler's 9th from a recent live recording by Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic.

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Classical
3:08 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Met's "Ring" Cycle Continues Saturday at 10 AM

The Act 3 finale of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with Wotan and the sleeping Brünnhilde. Taken at the rehearsal on April 14, 2011 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Credit Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (c) 2011

Hear Part II of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Die Walkure, live from the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday beginning at 10 AM. In this second opera, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world. Deborah Voigt returns with her acclaimed Brunnhilde, and on the podium is the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:38 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon July 27, 2012

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews Randal K. West, Executive and Artistic Director of Way Off Broadway, Iowa's only professional musical theatre company.

Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:38 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon June 29, 2012

Tune in during the 2 o'clock hour as Jacqueline interviews Maestro Joseph Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, about the DMSO's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops performance on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Classical
12:37 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon June 21, 2012

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Nicholas Renkoski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Renkoski will discuss the opening performances of the DMMO's summer season, including the premiere of Don Giovanni on Friday, June 22, and Puccini's La Rondine, which will premiere on Saturday, June 23.

Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon June 18, 2012

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock for an exclusive in-studio preview performance of Robert Lindsey-Nassif's new opera, Frankenboy: A Monsteropera. Composed for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Frankenboy is a one-act opera that presents an anti-bullying message aimed at young audiences.

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Classical
12:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon June 15, 2012

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Michael Mayes, baritone. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Mr. Mayes has performed with opera companies across the United States including Madison Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:34 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon May 21, 2012

Join Iowa Public Radio’s senior music producer Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o’clock hour for an interview with the Artistic Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, Michael Egel. Mr. Egel will discuss details about the DMMO’s Fortieth Anniversary Season running between June 22nd to July 15th.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:33 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon May 9, 2012

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews pianist Barry Douglas regarding his upcoming performance with the Des Moines Symphony. A Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Douglas will be featured on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the DMSO's Season Finale concert, scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2012.

Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon April 27, 2012

University of Northern Iowa faculty artist Hunter Capoccioni, double bass, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss his upcoming involvement in Music to Commemorate the Passover Season and the Holocaust.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon April 24, 2012

During the 2 o’clock hour, Jacqueline will be speaking by phone with cellist Emanuel Wehse, a member of the Morgenstern Trio. The Morgenstern Trio is appearing in concert on Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Great Hall of the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The Trio will perform Debussy’s Piano Trio in G, Mozart’s Trio for Piano, Violin, Cello, K. 564, and Smetana’s Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15.

Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon April 23, 2012

The University of Northern Iowa’s Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Dr. Stephen Gaies will join Jacqueline during the 2 o’clock hour to talk about his collaboration with the Jewish

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
12:28 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon April 13, 2012

Music Director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Jason Weinberger stops by the studio during the 2 p.m. hour to discuss the WCFSO's performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Classical
12:25 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon March 30, 2012

Bernard McDonald, pianist, conductor and director of opera at Simpson College, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the upcoming guest artist recital of baritone and Simpson College graduate John Michael Moore.

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Classical
12:24 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon March 23, 2012

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony music director Jason Weinberger joins Jacqueline during the 2 o'clock hour for an interview regarding the WCFSO's upcoming concert on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

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