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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Des Moines Symphony

The encore of the Des Moines Symphony’s Memorial Day Tribute Concert opens with three Copland classics: Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion; A Lincoln Portrait, featuring the reading of the past president’s famous words by a narrator; and Appalachian Spring, commissioned as a ballet with “an American theme” and later rearranged as an orchestral suite.

Iowa State Center

Ring in the holidays with the arts! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:


The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players present two unique quintets in their “Fifth Element” encore concert. Principal clarinetist Christine Bellomy performs Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major with violinists Violetta Todorova and Karla Galva, violist Jenwei Yu, and cellist Carey Bostian. Written for clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann, like most of Weber’s clarinet works, it is considered a “pocket concerto” where the strings support the clarinetist rather than share an equal weight. 

Todd Rosenberg

The final broadcast of Yo-Yo Ma’s Quad City Symphony 100th Season Celebration Concert will air on Iowa Public Radio. In honor of this special program, IPR’s Performance Iowa will broadcast Yo-Yo Ma with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on Friday, November 27th at 1pm.

Iowa Public Radio

Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we present an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 Brucemorchestra concert. Our Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 2 PM.

David Bazemore

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks IV: Musical Cathedrals” encore concert opens with Michael Torke’s Oracle. Commissioned and premiered by the QCSO in 2013, the short thematic work is based on variations of a melody, creating a Copland-esque sound. Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joins the Quad City Symphony for Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G

Des Moines Symphony

In honor of Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m. on November 11th, 2015, Iowa Public Radio will air an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert from July 2nd. The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph Giunta are joined by Governor Terry Branstad for the Armed Forces Salute. Guest Broadway vocalists Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro perform favorites from State Fair, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Music Man. The Des Moines Symphony will premiere selections from former Iowa composer Peter Hamlin’s Symphony on a Stick.

Lettuce Turnip

Orchestra Iowa presents an evening of Russian classics in their “Russian Masters” encore concert. The concert opens with Spring from a ballet by Glazunov, followed by Borodin’s Second Symphony. The symphony was composed over a stretch of six years, interrupted by the composer’s work on the theatre works Prince Igor and Mlada. 

Jesse Weiner

With the holiday season kicking into high gear, Iowa arts are heating up. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

•             The Grout Museum’s newest exhibit, “365 Days and Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War” with the Grout Museum District’s Historian Bob Neymeyer and Research & Programming Assistant Christopher Shackelford

•                    Michael Oxley, director of Marshalltown’s Orpheum Theatre, outlining several events and exhibits that will open on the weekend of November 13th


In their “Fantasia” encore concert, the wcfsymphony creates a unique and exciting experience by combining classic works from both of Disney’s Fantasia movies and playing along to the animated scenes. They perform favorites from the movies, like Dukas’s The Sorceror’s Apprentice and Stravinsky’s Firebird, as well as less familiar scenes, including a deleted scene featuring Debussy’s Claire de Lune. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. to listen to the magic.


Courtesy of CROT

The final broadcast of the 2015 Opera in October series features the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It airs on Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m.

IPR/Tony Dehner

In June of 2014, the UNI School of Music hosted the Midwest International Piano Competition.

Jeremy Sawatzky

The Des Moines Symphony’s “Roman Returns—Dvorák Cello Concerto” encore concert opens with The Chairman Dances; Foxtrot for Orchestra by John Adams. This programmatic work comes from Act III of Adams’s opera Nixon in China, and depicts Chairman and Madame Mao dancing together. 

This week’s Opera in October broadcast features Simpson College Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. It will air on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m.

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s “Epic Eroica” encore concert opens with the overture from Mozart’s The Impressario, featuring students from the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra in a side-by-side performance. Violinist Katie Wolf and cellist Anthony Arnone, professors at the University of Iowa, join the orchestra for the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Violoncello in A minor, Op. 102. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s grand and dramatic “Eroica” symphony. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy of DMMO

The final opera in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Janáček’s Jenůfa, airs as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October broadcast series. IPR will broadcast Jenůfa on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Christine Turner

The wcfsymphony’s “Rediscover” encore concert features composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. He performs his very own Woodbox Violin Concerto, an eclectic piece combining a wide array of styles, as well as presents a world premiere of his Young Person’s GPS for Our Orchestra: Themes and Variations on Haitian Folk Songs. A modern twist on Benjamin Britten’s famous Guide, the piece explores the colors of the orchestra using two Haitian folk songs for its themes. 

Courtesy of DMMO

This week’s Opera in October broadcast features another production from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West. It will air on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m and Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m.

The Des Moines Symphony’s “Giunta Conducts Chopin, Shostakovich, and Les Préludes” encore concert begins with Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem, Les Préludes. Eighteen-year-old Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong then joins the orchestra for Chopin’s virtuosic Second Piano Concerto


With autumn in the air comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

Yes, he’s back!

Composer Peter Hamlin will return as a guest co-host during IPR’s Classical fund drive this Friday, September 25th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Uriel Tsachor

Join Iowa Public Radio on  Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. for an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven and the Bard” concert. The program opens with a famous overture by Mendelssohn, his A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written at the age of seventeen. 

Courtesy of DMMO

The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in the return of Opera in October with performances from their 43rd Festival Season. The first broadcast features Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.

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 broadcast series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to check out Iowa opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, Simpson College Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Join the wcfsymphony as they explore the mystery of Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" in an encore broadcast of their "Imagine" concert. Left incomplete after only two movements, Schubert's work is considered one of the first Romantic symphonies because of its expressive melodies. The wcfsymphony combines the symphony with Schubert’s sketch for a third movement, a Scherzo, finished by Brian Newbold. The concert closes with Schubert’s Entr’acte No. 1 from Rosamunde, which many consider was originally intended as the final movement of the enigmatic symphony.

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The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players bring small ensemble music to life this week's encore broadcast with their “Madness & Musings” concert. The concert opens with Corelli’s “La Folia” sonata, featuring Orchestra Iowa concertmaster candidate Beth Larson on violin, principal cellist Carey Bostian, and principal keyboardist Miko Kominami on harpsichord. 

Scott Murphy

Live from the front lawn of Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, IPR's Performance Iowa was excited to bring you Orchestra Iowa's Brucemorechestra! 1812 and More concert on Saturday, September 12, at 7:00 PM.

This annual family tradition featured one of the most famous works of all time - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The program also included Dvorak's iconic Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as well as Semtana's The Moldau from Ma Vlast, and the Men of Harlech march, arranged by music director Timothy Hankewich. 

Robert Edward Thies

World-renowned Mexican-born conductor Jorge Mester takes the helm of the Des Moines Symphony in this encore concert broadcast. Mester is the winner of the Ditson Conductor’s Award and is recognized for his leadership of the Aspen Music Festival. The concert opens with Debussy’s La Mer, one of Mester’s signature pieces. 

Jeremy Sawatzky

Orchestra Iowa’s “Old World Wonders” concert opens with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Originally written as a suite for piano, Ravel later orchestrated Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 4 to create his symphonic version. Internationally acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman joins the orchestra for Schumann’s lyrical and enigmatic Cello Concerto.

Christian Steiner

With school back in session, Iowa arts events are revving up all across the state. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

  • Two upcoming Iowa State Center events, with Iowa State Center’s Outreach Coordinator, Sara Compton, and ISU’s Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. James Rodde
  • An overview of the wcfsymphony’s 2015-2016 season with its music director and conductor, Jason Weinberger
  • The Final Thursday Reading series, with co-coordinator and UNI Associate Professor of Language and Literature, Jim O’Loughlin
  • The Red Cedar Chamber Music’s upcoming season, with founders and artistic directors, flutist Jan Boland and guitarist, John Dowdall
  • And composer, Middlebury professor, and former KUNI Public Radio and Iowa Public television host, Peter Hamlin, on his newest work commissioned by the Des Moines Symphony to commemorate the Iowa State Fair