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.

As the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s sixth season prepares to open on July 21, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa series proudly presents a broadcast of the festival’s opening concert from their 2011 season, titled Gypsy Airs and Hungarian Dances. Founded in 2006, the CVCMF strives to bring classical music to new audiences in uniquely diverse venues. This program includes performances of Tajčević’s Seven Balkan Dances, Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs Op. 55 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25.

As the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary Season draws to a close, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa brings to you a recital by lyric baritone John Michael Moore. Before singing the title role in this season’s Eugene Onegin, Mr.

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present a live broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert will feature Maestro Giunta and the DMSO performing patriotic favorites, opening wi

Internationally-renowned baritone Todd Thomas presents a Des Moines Metro Opera Guild recital with collaborative pianist Bernard McDonald, Director of Opera at Simpson College.

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season will soon start. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa will present the DMMO’s sensational last season production of Donizetti’s three-act comic masterpiece, Don Pasquale.

Performance Iowa presents Music to Commemorate the Passover Season & The Holocaust, a live 2 p.m. broadcast from the Caspe Terrace in Waukee, IA.

IPR’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2010 Curtains Up program featuring Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen. Ms. Goeldner and Mr. Ketelsen present a dazzling selection of arias, art songs and favorites.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. encore broadcast of the recital of soprano Jane Redding. Ms. Redding performed a fundraising recital with pianist Cara Chowning for the Des Moines Metro Opera during 2011.

Iowa Public Radio is excited to present a 7 p.m. WFMT broadcast of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Gala. 

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie

Iowa Public Radio’s February Iowa Arts Showcase will come to you at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on February 2nd.

We’ll commemorate Black History month with the African American Museum of Iowa’s Executive Director, Tom Moore and their Director of Education, Michelle Poe, as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary connecting Iowans of all ages with American history. We’ll learn about their incredible museum events and activities planned through-out the year, and why African American history IS American history.

Iowa Public Radio’s January edition of our Iowa Arts Showcase opens 2013 with soprano, Sarah Jane McMahan, who shares background on her unusual journey to the opera stage and  details about her upcoming recital on January 6th for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Des Moines Guild Chapter. Guest director Stanley M.

Iowa Public Radio’s December Iowa Arts Showcase investigates the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Opera Iowa Three Little Pigs adventure for a 13-week whirlwind tour starting in January. The DMMO’s artistic director, Michael Egel, outlines the Opera Iowa Troupe’s arts education goals as they perform at community centers, concert halls, gymnasiums and classrooms all across the state.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. to explore several upcoming Iowa events.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, October 6th at 11 a.m.

Paula Forest, Artistic Director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association, tells us what to expect during the 2012-2013 concert season, which features performances from world-class performers including pianist Ann Schein, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, Jonathan Sturm.

American director and choreographer Pat Birch teams up with Shari Roads, Music Director of Way Off Broadway, to highlight their upcoming production of The Orphan Train, a new musical taking place at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

This month Jacqueline speaks with Michael Egel, Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, about the 40th anniversary season of the company.  She will preview this month's Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival with impresario Hunter Capoccioni.  Educator and musician Bill Shepherd discusses the band movement in Iowa, and, Maestro Joseph Giunta previews the 75th anniversary season of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

Faculty Artist and University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano, Sean Botkin, will make an appearance during the 3 o’clock hour to chat with Jacqueline about his recent debut at Ravinia performing the Rachmaninoff 4th Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Mr.

Maestro Joe Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the DMSO's third annual "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" competition.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour for an interview with Kristine McIntyre, stage director of the Des Moines Metro Opera's 2012 production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Maestro Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the final concert of the DMSO's 2011-2012 season.

Professor Emeritus of Grand View University Robert M. Speed joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the Alice Jordan memorial concert, to be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Maestro Intrilligator, music director of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the DSO's season finale on April 14 and 15, 2012.

Maestro Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour for an interview on the DMSO's upcoming concert, Dvořák & Superman.

Maestro Giunta joins host Jacqueline Halbloom by phone during the 3 o'clock hour to talk about this weekend's Des Moines Symphony program, Dvorak and Superman. The DMSO will be joined by guest cellist Joshua Roman for their performance of Lalo's Cello Concerto in d minor.