April is blessed with an amazing array of Iowa arts and music events! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:
· Marlboro violist, Samuel Rhodes, and Administrator, Frank Solomon, sharing details about the 50th Anniversary Season of the Musicians from Marlboro and their stop in Ames as part of the Ames Town and Gown Series
· World-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk outlining his jazz and ragtime infused Civic Music program at Sheslow Auditorium taking place on April 15
· Nova Singers’ director Laura Lane discussing the group’s 30 year history and upcoming Voices of the Prairie performances
· Sioux City Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Ryan Haskins, giving details about the ensemble’s 100th Year Season Finale Celebration
· Director of UNI’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Dr. Stephen Gaies, speaking on the Waterloo Grout Museum’s exhibits “Iowa’s Ties to the Holocaust” and “Anne Frank: A History for Today”, along with a new documentary called No Asylum.
· Singer and America’s Got Talent finalist Emily West returning to Iowa to put on a show for her fans
Samuel Rhodes, violist for the travelling chamber group Musicians from Marlboro, and Marlboro Music School and Festival Administrator Frank Solomon give details about the group’s Ames Town & Gown concert. Musicians from Marlboro celebrates their 50th anniversary season. Rhodes looks back on his time in the ensemble starting in the 1960’s, otherwise known as the “Golden Age of Marlboro.”
World-class pianist and MacArthur “Genius” fellowship winner, Jeremy Denk, outlines his upcoming performance at Sheslow Auditorium. The program includes a multitude of works from classical solo piano favorites to ragtime gems. Denk’s performance will take place on April 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Sheslow Auditorium as part of the Des Moines Civic Music concert series.
Laura Lane, director of the vocal ensemble Nova Singers, delves into their 30-year history. She outlines their upcoming concerts which feature art pieces by members of the Midwest Paint Group. Their “Voices of the Prairie” concert is a celebration of Midwestern art, poetry, and song and will be held on April 9th in Galesburg and April 10th at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport.
Ryan Haskins, Director and Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony, gives details about the ensemble’s 100th Year Season Finale Celebration “Ode to Joy.” Soloists include Amanda Hall (soprano), Margaret Mezzacappa (mezzo-soprano), John Osborn (tenor), and Sanford Sylvan (bass-baritone). Their “Ode to Joy” performance featuring over 300 performers will also include members of the Briar Cliff University Singers, the Iowa Lakes Community College Chamber Choir, the Morningside College Choir, the Northwestern College A Capella Choir, the Sioux County Oratorio, Siouxland Master Chorale, University of South Dakota Choral Ensembles, and the Western Iowa Tech Community College Concert Choir.
Director of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Dr. Stephen Gaies, talks about their upcoming collaboration with the Grout Museum’s “Iowa’s Ties to the Holocaust”, continuing through May 28, and “Anne Frank: A History for Today”, running April 5 – June 4. “Iowa’s Ties to the Holocaust” shares accounts recorded by Iowans who witnessed or experienced the atrocities of the Nazis. “Anne Frank: A History for Today” examines WWII and the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank, made famous by her published diary written while she and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam. Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center USA. There will also be two showings and lectures of a new documentary by Paula Fouce called No Asylum, The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story on April 20th at the Figge Art Museum and on April 21st at UNI. Other guest lectures for this exhibit include Hilary Eddy Stipelman, Director of Outreach and Exhibits at the Anne Frank Center in New York on April 6th, and Beverly Nagel Ellis, Des Moines native and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, who will be present for the May 4th Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony.
Waterloo native Emily West returns to Iowa to perform a concert after winning a finalist spot on the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent.” Her country and blues vocal stylings have received critical acclaim, and her debut album, “All For You”, was recently released in 2015. She discusses her Iowa roots and her upcoming concert at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn on April 29th.
(Correction: in this month's show, we incorrectly identify Emily West's album as "All Of You". The correct album title is "All For You", as indicated above. IPR regrets the error.)