Honored Iowans, Museum Celebrations and more for August IAS

Jul 18, 2015

As summer winds down, tune in for a few more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. The August showcase features:

  • Iowa-born composer, conductor, and flutist, Harvey Sollberger, sharing details about his involvement in and upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association at their Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
  • Orchestra Iowa’s Music Director and Conductor, Tim Hankewich, celebrating and outlining his 10th season with Orchestra Iowa
  • Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, discussing the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Figge and the 90th anniversary of the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery
  • Iowa Public Radio host and music legend Bob Dorr, talking about his career and recent award
  • The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium Director of Marketing, John Sutter, filling us in on their current visiting show called the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  • Internationally known music director of his own New Sousa Band, Keith Brion, sharing the inside scoop on their two upcoming free concerts in Johnston and Spirit Lake.

Harvey Sollberger, Iowa-born composer, conductor, and flutist, shares details about his upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association. He will present a masterclass, a concert, and his Silent Film Suite at the NFA’s Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Tim Hankewich celebrates his tenth year as Orchestra Iowa’s Music Director and Conductor with a line-up stocked with classic masterpieces. He talks about the upcoming season, which includes chamber concerts, guest artists like violinist Lara St. John and pianist Anna Polonsky, ballet productions, and a full performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

Davenport’s Figge Art Museum also celebrates a 10th anniversary this year, along with the 90th anniversary of the opening of its predecessor, the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. Tim Schiffer, executive director of the Figge Art Museum and newly elected member of the Association of Art Museum Direcotrs, discusses the history of the museum and the fifty events it is hosting in celebration, including a special visit from the museum architect, Sir David Chipperfield.

Iowa blues legend Bob Dorr, host of Iowa Public Radio’s Backtracks, Blue Avenue, and Beatles Medley shows, was recently labeled an “Iowan Icon” in The Iowan magazine. He gives us a look into his background, his time as a public radio producer, and his work as the leader of Bob Dorr & The Blue Band for the past 40 years.

The history of the Titanic comes to Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum in the form of the largest exhibit the museum and city has ever seen. From the building of the massive ship all the way to its sinking, visitors can follow the history of the doomed vessel from start to finish. The Museum’s Director of Marketing, John Sutter, fills us in on the exciting exhibit and stories from the Titanic.

And Keith Brion, music director of the internationally acclaimed New Sousa Band, shares the history of the band and their upcoming free concerts in Johnston and Spirit Lake, presented by the Des Moines Civic Music Association. The concerts feature soprano soloist Virginia Croskery, as well as Mark Ponzo on cornet, and a duet from Tacy Edwards on piccolo and Don Harry on tuba. The band performs works by the march king, John Philipp Sousa, as well as other favorites from his time period.

You can now listen to this month's show right here. Tune in to the Iowa Arts Showcase on the first Saturday of the month, 1 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Iowa Public Radio Classical.