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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Lisa Bergmann-Smithey

Gilbert and Sullivan steamed across the Atlantic from England to the United States to present their world premiere of the Pirates of Penzance. The pirates in the show weren’t the only pirates that the duo were concerned about. Copyright was at the top of their list. At the time, American law offered no copyright protection to foreigners. Gilbert and Sullivan’s previous opera achieved great success in London, and was immediately swept up by 150 American companies for unauthorized productions that paid no royalties to the creators.

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Have you ever had a love song written for you by a significant other? Hector Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique to depict “the life of an artist” after he had fallen instantly and wildly in love with actress Harriet Smithson while seeing her in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in London. But the piece is far from a crooning ballad.

Duane Tinkey

One of opera’s most strikingly theatrical and grandly scaled masterpieces, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted young sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. From rollicking sea shanties to bombastic choral episodes, Britten’s searing opera roars to life in a spectacular new production featuring baritone Craig Verm in the title role. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted by English novelist E.M. Forster, Billy Budd transforms a British “man o’ war” into a crucible for human faith and error.

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Jazz and classical artist, Branford Marsalis, of the famed Marsalis musical family, has established a career as a performer of international renown, equally at home in both concert halls and jazz clubs. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands.

Duane Tinkey

“A summer night smiles three times," Madame Armfeldt tells her granddaughter. "On the young, the fools, and the old.” Sondheim’s tour de force musical comedy whisks us away for a weekend in the country where old flames rekindle and new love affairs ignite. The signature song "Send in the Clowns" along with elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet creation. Sondheim’s masterpiece won six Tony awards including best musical, script, and score.

Duane Tinkey

The Des Moines Metro Opera opens Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Opera in October series with performances from their 45th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Puccini’s Turandot on Saturday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m.

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Autumn in the air brings many exciting Iowa arts events to the state. The October and November IAS features:

·         Paul Wierson delving into the upcoming Ragtime In Randall festival north of Ames

·         UNI Instructor of Percussion, Matthew Andreini, sharing details about the Iowa Composers Forum’s “Hammers & Mallets” Fall Concert Series

·         Music Director Kim Noftsker speaking on Philippe Lefebre’s organ concert at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport

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In 1995, pianist Robert Thies received worldwide recognition when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. No American pianist since Van Cliburn, who won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 in Moscow, had accomplished such an impressive feat.

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Mark your calendars! This Wednesday, the remarkable Chiara String Quartet will be performing at the University of Iowa’s Voxman Music Building in Iowa City. The quartet, which is currently on its farewell tour after 18 years of performances, is known for their commitment to performing some of the world’s quartet masterpieces from memory. They have recorded the complete string quartet works of Brahms and Bartók for Azica records.

Timo Andres

At just 31 years old, composer and performer Caroline Shaw became the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music to date. But this achievement is certainly not the only impressive bullet point on her résumé. She performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The eclectic group performs in the styles of Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Georgian singing, and Persian classical singing, among others.

Duane Tinkey

The brisk air and changing leaves can only mean one thing: October is arriving, 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, University of Iowa Opera Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

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Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos for various instruments. Today, most people know four of them. The Four Seasons for violin and chamber orchestra can be heard in countless movie soundtracks and TV ads. Many modern composers have been so inspired by the concertos that they have reimagined them in their own style. One such composer is Max Richter of Germany.

In 1939, a budding young composer named Samuel Barber accepted a commission for a violin concerto by a wealthy businessman. The businessman’s adopted son, Iso Briselli, was a violin prodigy. That summer, Barber went to Switzerland and composed the first two movements of the concerto. When Briselli saw them, he complained that the music was “too simple and not brilliant enough for a concerto.” Their relationship was off to a less-than-ideal start. 

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Acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” JoAnn Falletta is a much-sought guest conductor and a vibrant presence on the podium. Her energetic concert with the Des Moines Symphony opens with Brahms’s lively Academic Festival Overture. Next, the virtuosic Oasis Quartet plays Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso, a masterpiece for four saxophones and orchestra. Finally, Bruckner’s monumental Fourth Symphony, his “cathedral of sound,” will take your breath away with its blazing power and majesty.

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IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special live broadcast from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa is celebrating 10 years of Brucemore concerts with “Brucemorechestra X.”

Rachel Bearinger

PROJECT Trio is invading IPR’s Studio One on Wednesday, September 6th at noon! The genre-defying chamber group from Brooklyn, New York will present arrangements of classic works and their own high-energy original music. The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does,” and the group was acclaimed by Jazz Review as “a glorious celebration of the music of our time.”

Rachel Bearinger

World-class pianists are taking over Symphonies of Iowa! Tune in this Sunday, September 3rd at 4 p.m. and Monday, September 4th at 7 p.m. to hear performances by the three finalists of the 2nd Midwest International Piano Competition. On round three of the competition, all of the remaining three finalists had chosen to play Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat, Op. 73 for their final round work with the wcfsymphony under the direction of Jason Weinberger.

Glorious Brass

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The history of the brass ensemble is a rich, beautiful, and loud one! It stretches from the earliest days of chamber music in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance to the later music of Richard Strauss and the modern jazz band. The brass sound is versatile and unmistakable in our culture.

Jonathan Hess

With classes back in session and autumn just ahead, arts events are revving up across the state. Tune in Saturday, September 2nd at 11AM or 5PM for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase featuring:

·         Waterloo Center for the Arts Executive Director, Kent Shankle, and Curator Chawne Paige delving into the Haitian Art Society Annual Conference

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“For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

Never before had the world experienced a phenomenon like the Harry Potter franchise. The seven-book series gained such popularity that crowds of fans would wait outside of bookstores for midnight releases of the newest installments. The accompanying films were also immensely well-received, due in part to their fabulous soundtracks. The great composer John Williams scored the first three movies, and his themes were woven into the scores for the rest of the films. To date, the franchise has an estimated value of $15 billion, and the films have grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide.

One of the most colorful cultural histories in Iowa belongs to those of Czech heritage. Early Czech immigrants to Iowa settled in farming communities, most notably at Spillville in the northeast corner of the state. Later, immigrants from today’s Czech and Slovak Republics came to work in meatpacking plants, primarily in Cedar Rapids where Czech immigrants first settled in the early 1850s. Many of the Czechs who settled in Cedar Rapids worked in the large Sinclair meatpacking plant.

Marco Borggreve

Russian violinist Vadim Gluzman has been praised for his technical proficiency along with his power and passion. Gluzman joins the Des Moines Symphony as he offers a thrilling performance of Brahms’s virtuosic Violin Concerto in this week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast. Born in the former Soviet Union, Gluzman studied with several renowned teachers there before moving to Israel and eventually the United States to attend the Juilliard School.

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As summer continues to heat up, tune in for more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. The August Showcase features:

•     Dr. Ashley Sidon, Artistic Director and cellist of the Zenith Chamber Festival in Des Moines, outlining the masterworks and musicians for this year’s festival

·         wcfsymphony Artistic Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger, giving us the inside scoop on the orchestra’s 2017-18 season

Erik Weiss

Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos for various instruments. Today, most people know four of them. The Four Seasons for violin and chamber orchestra can be heard in countless movie soundtracks and TV ads. Many modern composers have been so inspired by the concertos that they have reimagined them in their own style. One such composer is Max Richter of Germany.

You would be hard-pressed to find a person with any knowledge of music who didn’t know of Mozart’s history as a child prodigy. But far fewer know that another young and well-known musician was also a genius. His name was Felix Mendelssohn.

Mendelssohn’s musical talent blossomed at an early age. He began taking piano lessons from his mother when he was six, and at seven was tutored by Marie Bigot in Paris. The great writer Goethe may have been the first to compare Mendelssohn to Mozart when speaking with Mendelssohn’s other teacher, Zelter:

Rachel Bearinger

Buried dance treasures come to the surface for this year’s Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, entitled “Shall We Dance?” The festival’s artistic director, Hunter Capoccioni, writes, “In my mind, the ways in which music and dance overlap parallel the relationship of writing and language…Our theme this summer nods to dance and how it has shaped musical meaning through the ages.”

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is arguably the grandest, most recognizable symphony of all time. It was, and still is, unprecedented in its scale and presentation of musical themes. Throughout the symphony, he expressed ideas in the styles of nations who had been in conflict with one another. The work was also surprising in its transitions from key to key, the order of its movements, and its extreme contrasts between light and dark. The first three movements gradually build into a joyful finale sung by a massive choir and four vocal soloists.

Who was Frank Sinatra? One of America’s most treasured performers came from humble beginnings in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only son of Sicilian immigrant parents. His father was a city firefighter, and his mother was an amateur singer who often performed for social events. As Frank grew older, he became inspired by the likes of Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby, and decided to drop out of high school to become a singer himself. He sang in New Jersey night clubs and caught the attention of swing bandleaders.

Portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann

Though coffee consumption was illegal in much of Germany during his lifetime, the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was a known frequenter of Leipzig’s many coffee houses. His famously exuberant personality could have easily been attributed to his avid coffee drinking. So enthusiastic was he about the beverage that he composed a secular cantata about it entitled “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering)” better known as the Coffee Cantata.

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