Canadian Brass, CROT & More for December & January IAS

Nov 21, 2016

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 holiday tours and theatrical salons

·          Starring baritone, Michael Mayes, and Kristine McIntyre, director of the DMMO’s production of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs, outlining details about this powerful opera

·          Bernhard Scully, Canadian Brass player extraordinaire, filling us in on the ensemble and their astounding holiday performances at two Iowa venues

Guest director and choreographer, Candace Evans, and founder, artistic director and conductor Daniel Kleinknecht offer inside views on the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s upcoming January double bill productions of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Both operas are enduring tales of love and retaliation, and feature several well-known Iowa singing stars including Mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, Mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, and Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz.

Brett Lobello, Deputy Director of Brucemore Mansion, dives into the Cedar Rapids mansion’s upcoming holiday tours and its rich history. Tour-goers can enjoy the seasonal splendor of glowing trees, a dining room set for Christmas dinner, stunning mantel arrangements, the lush garland adornment of the grand staircase, and other holiday cheer throughout the Mansion. Sunday tours include live music from the 1929 Skinner pipe organ. Brett also shares background on their 2017 Salon events.

Baritone Michael Mayes and stage director Kristine McIntyre share background on the Des Moines Metro Opera’s upcoming performance of David T. Little’s innovative Soldier Songs. The opera is a multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music and videography to explore the loss and exploitation of innocence and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war, with text adapted from recorded interviews with veterans of five wars.

Over the holidays the world-famous Canadian Brass treats Iowa to concerts at the Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls and the Civic Music Association’s Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus in Des Moines. Bernhard Scully, the amazing Canadian Brass horn player, reveals how the brass ensemble became so celebrated.