Jacqueline Halbloom

Classical Music Host

Jacqueline Halbloom, now in her 14th year in classical public radio, currently serves as Iowa Public Radio’s producer and host of Symphonies of Iowa, Performance Iowa and Iowa Arts Showcase. In addition to her on-air duties, Jacqueline serves on the Friends board of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  A true lover of music and public radio, Jacqueline is indeed a great advocate for the fine arts in Iowa.

She brings to her work a background both practical and theoretical: Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Education, which she used as a teacher of orchestra students. As a player, she performed in the viola section of the Eugene Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony (now known as Orchestra Iowa).  She is adequately familiar with the numerous slanders against the viola versus the violin. (Why is a viola more useful than a violin?  Being larger, it burns longer).  Even after many bad jokes, Jacqueline remains positive about music and public radio’s ability to enrich the lives of all who listen.

Jacqueline's favorite shows are University Concert and Choral Tradition.

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Orchestra Iowa

This Performance Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 “Holiday Spectacular” concert. The festive program includes holiday favorites and works by Bach, Corelli, Vaughan Williams, and more! Hear Orchestra Iowa bring the holiday cheer with an array of special guests. The orchestra is joined by vocal soloists Dylan Ascher, and Angela Billman, trumpeter Andrew Classen, organist Neal Marple, the Preucil School of Music’s Espressivo Strings, Discovery Chorus, Chamber Singers of Iowa City,...

Matthew Coley

Holiday marimba music is here! Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa is excited to present internationally acclaimed percussionist Matthew Coley’s Heartland Marimba Festival holiday program live from Studio One in Cedar Falls. His solo spectacular will feature beautiful holiday favorites that he has arranged for this tour. Check out this festive edition of Performance Iowa right here!

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Elgar’s Bike” concert. The program includes works by Josef Strauss, Timo Andres, and Edward Elgar. Hear the wcfsymphony present Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations in a whole new light alongside other works inspired by the kinetic energy of cycling. Josef Strauss’ quirky Velocipede Polka depicts the cycling craze that swept through Vienna, and Timo Andres’ Running Theme captures cycling’s unique combination of repetition...

Cliff Jette

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s Missa Solemnis concert. Orchestra Iowa presents Beethoven’s Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis” , performed with the Simpson College Chamber Singers, the Simpson College Choir, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Beth Lytwynec, Eric Barry, and Sumner Thompson. Considered among music scholars to be the pinnacle of Beethoven’s composing career, the Missa Solemnis is a magnificent...

Bo Huang

Ring in the holidays and the New Year with Iowa arts! Tune in at 11 A.M. or 5 P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for the broadcast. The December and January Iowa Arts Showcase features: · Guest director & choreographer, Candace Evans, and artistic director and conductor, Daniel Kleinknecht, discussing the CROT’s upcoming January double bill productions of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci · Brett Lobello, Deputy Director of Brucemore Mansion, diving into the mansion’s...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich” concert. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich, and features violinist Naha Greenholtz and cellist Hannah Holman. Young Canadian violin master Naha Greenholtz and New York City Ballet Orchestra cellist Hannah Holman join the ensemble for Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor for Violin, Cello, and...

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special Thanksgiving treat from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. An encore of Orchestra Iowa's 95th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast on Thursday, November 24 at 2 p.m. In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary, the concert blends country, folk, and classical music and pays tribute to the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9th annual outdoor...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Bach II” concert. The program focuses on music by master composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Listen as the wcfsymphony performs two of Baroque music’s most famous instrumental works: Bach’s sparkling Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and beloved Suite No. 2 . The performance features a beautiful 1970 Tom Pixton harpsichord recently acquired by the ensemble. Tune in on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa...

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol for an encore broadcast of The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert from July 1st. The event featured rousing marches, as well as a mix of show tunes and patriotic selections celebrating “The Sound of America.” The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph Giunta were joined by Governor Terry Branstad to salute members of the armed forces. Broadway vocalist Hugh...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “The Moldau, Don Juan & Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto” concert. It includes music composed by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Bedřich Smetana and features young pianist extraordinaire Charlie Albright. The mighty, soaring Moldau is so evocative that it has become one of the most famous melodies in all of music and the anthem of Czech culture. Pianist Charlie Albright has been...

With Thanksgiving in the air, prepare to mark your calendars with the exciting arts events coming up this month in Iowa. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features: · Artist Gary Kelley speaking on his “Giving the Devil his Due” exhibit at the Figge and on an upcoming concert collaboration with the wcfsymphony · Julia Bullard diving into Trio 826’s Fall Residency program at the Hearst Center for the Arts · A recent visit with the President of OPERA America Marc Scorca · Dr. Eric Saylor, Drake’s...

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series dramatically concludes with a brilliant January performance by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. We’ll broadcast Verdi’s La Traviata on Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m. A tragic love story set in Paris around 1870, Verdi’s La Traviata opens with Alfredo Germont falling in love with the courtesan Violetta Valéry. They live happily for a time before Alfredo’s father Giorgio convinces her to leave Alfredo for his...

Beth Amann

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “New Frontiers” concert. It includes music composed by Milhaud, Mozart, and Schumann and features bassoonist Matthew Ransom. Each composer broke new ground in their own unique way, whether it was the shocking embrace of 1920’s jazz idioms in Milhaud’s whimsical interpretation of the Creation of the World , Schumann’s exuberant romanticism in his 2nd Symphony or Mozart’s unprecedented precocious ease with his Bassoon...

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Firebird” concert on Monday evening, October 24 at 7 p.m. It features new music composed by Avner Dorman and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Firebird suite. Join us as the wcfsymphony presents a new composition by Avner Dorman showcasing the exhilarating percussion duo Maraca2. The duo is comprised of percussionists Jason Huxtable and Tim Palmer. Due to an injury, UW-Madison doctoral student Garrett Mendelow substituted for...

Roland Ferrie

Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series this year includes the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre in concert. IPR’s broadcast will present the UNI Opera Theatre’s performance of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her...

Jacqueline Halbloom

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “Romeo & Juliet and The King of Instruments” concert on Monday night, Octboer 17 at 7 p.m. It features music composed by Hector Berlioz, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saëns. Join us as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra illustrates history’s greatest love story: Romeo & Juliet . Iowa native Jeffrey Brillhart studied at Drake University with the symphony’s own Carl Staplin and grew up to be...

Claire McAdams

The third opera in Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice . The opera, dating from 1762, will be broadcast on Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. Driven by love and overwhelmed with grief and uncertainty, Orphée descends into the underworld on a heroic mission to return his beloved to the land of the living. His passionate music wins their freedom, but the true test has...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. presents Orchestra Iowa’s “Stirring Fantasies” concert. It features music composed by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. Join us and experience Orchestra Iowa’s musicians expansively soaring and thrilling in these masterworks for large string ensemble. Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis fuses renaissance England with early 20th century sensibilities, as Tchaikovsky writes some of his...

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With the arrival of October comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features: · Executive Director of Ballet Quad Cities, Joedy Cook revealing the rundown on their 20 th season · Alison Farris, Senior Curator of the Des Moines Art Center delving into the Vivian Maier exhibit currently at the center · Musicians Carol Hester, Heather Armstrong, Craig Hultgren, and Ben Hippen outlining details about their upcoming Iowa Composers Forum showcase concerts · Iowa...

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Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series continues with a performance from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 44 th Festival opera season. This broadcast features Jules Massenet’s Manon on Saturday, October 8 th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 th at 3:00 p.m. Based on Prevost's novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut , the opera tells the story of the impulsive Manon, who falls in love with the young student des Grieux. Since Manon also longs for luxury and...

Jason Weinberger

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Bach I” concert on Monday evening, October 3 at 7 p.m. It features music composed by the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach. Join the symphony for a musical journey into J.S. Bach’s incredible creativity with some of Baroque music’s most beloved works. Tune in on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast! PROGRAM BACH – Suite No. 1 BACH – Sinfonia from Cantata, BWV 174 BACH – Brandenburg...

Wolf Trap Opera

The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in Iowa Public Radio’s 2016 Opera in October series with performances from their 44th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Verdi’s Falstaff on Saturday, October 1 st at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 nd at 3:00 p.m. Verdi’s comedic Falstaff revolves around the thwarted efforts of the robust knight Sir John Falstaff to seduce two married women in order to gain access to the wealth of their husbands. The opera is based on Shakespeare’s plays...

Orchestra Iowa

This week's Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m. presents Orchestra Iowa's "OI Chamber: French Kiss" concert. It features music by French composers François Couperin, Camille Saint-Saëns, and César Franck. The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players present French chamber music spanning three centuries. The Baroque harpsichord and the modern trumpet join the orchestra’s principal strings for this romantic concert. Tune in on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m. for this...

Roland Ferrie

The changing color of the leaves can only mean one thing: October has arrived, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to enjoy opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, UNI Opera Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Opera in October airs on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. on Iowa Public Radio Classical. Please see IPR’s broadcast schedule below for the season overview, and take a look at the “At the...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms” concert. Tune in on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast! The program includes music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Johannes Brahms. Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. At the invitation of Maestro Joseph Giunta,...

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Star Wars” concert. It features music from John Williams’ Star Wars score as well as selections from The Planets , On the Town , Swan Lake , The Ring , and The Rite of Spring . Listen to the wcfsymphony illustrate the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars through its epic score. The pieces that inspired it, with their many fanfares and flourishes, will also be performed during this concert. Tune in on Monday,...

Paul Clancy

This encore broadcast of Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “The Fifth Season” concert. The concert includes pieces by Finzi, Piazzolla, and Tchaikovsky, and features guest violinist, Lara St. John. Experience all of the seasons and then some as Orchestra Iowa performs Finzi’s autumnal The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20 , Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with tango influences, and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams . Tune in on Monday...

Des Moines Symphony

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 – Beyond the Score” concert. The concert includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in the symphony’s 6th collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also included in this broadcast will be a selection from the DMSO’s Beethoven one to nine project recorded throughout their 2003-4 season. Travel back in time with the Des Moines and Chicago Symphonies to WWII Soviet Russia as they...

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With school back in session and fall in the air, cultural events are revving up across the state. Tune in today, Saturday, Sept. 10th, at 11AM or 5PM, for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as we talk with · Tim Ferry III talking about premiering his new nature-inspired music at the Hearst Center · Maestro Mark Russell Smith filling us in on the QCSO’s outstanding 2016-17 concert line-up · Poet Bradford Tice, winner of the 2014 Trio Award, reading from his new book of poetry called “What the...

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special program from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. Orchestra Iowa's 95 th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 PM. In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary that blends country, folk, and classical music, the concert will be an unforgettable night celebrating the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9 th...

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