The Des Moines-based Heartland Youth Choir is hosting their 11th annual Meet the Composer Festival in Des Moines! Young central Iowa singers in grades 4 through 8 collaborate with an internationally known composer to perform the composer’s works for a public concert. This year’s guest composer is Iowa native and Drake University graduate Elaine Hagenberg. The concert will mark the world-premiere of Hagenberg’s new work, “See How the Rose Unfolds,” a setting of a poem by fellow Iowan and poet Elaine Jungers.
This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview of the Heartland Youth Choir Founder and Artistic Director, Barbara Sletto, and this year’s guest composer, Iowan Elaine Hagenberg about the 2018 Meet the Composer’s Festival. The first concert takes place on Friday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m., and the final concert takes place on Saturday, April 7th at 3:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines. Stay tuned to Iowa Public Radio Classical to find out the scheduled broadcast time for this interview!