Those May flowers may not all be here yet, but there are plenty of arts events to go around this month. The May Iowa Arts Showcase includes:
- A new exhibit at the Grout Museum of History and Science, with UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education Director Stephen Gaies
- Pianist Patricia Tao of Trio Voce and their upcoming performance at the Ames Town and Gown Spring Chamber Music Concert
- Anthony Kearns, one of the PBS Irish Tenors, and his approaching concert in Holbrook, IA with pianist Patrick Healy.
- The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival in Ottumwa, with festival director Miriam Kenning
- And an overview of the Des Moines Symphony’s 2015-2016 season with Music Director and Conductor Maestro Joseph Giunta, and his induction into the Mid America Music Association Hall of Fame
The Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo is partnering with the University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education to bring a new exhibit to the Cedar Valley this month. Stephen Gaies, the director of the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, shares details on the Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race exhibition and the partnership between UNI and the Grout Museum. The exhibit comes from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition at the Smithsonian.
The award-winning ensemble Trio Voce headlines this year’s Ames Town and Gown Spring Chamber Music Concert. Made up of pianist Patricia Tao, violinist Jasmine Lin, and cellist Marina Hoover, Trio Voce has performed all across the United States and Canada to wide acclaim. The concert features works by Brahms, Rebecca Clarke, and Arvo Pärt and will be held in the Ames City Auditorium on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Frequently featured on PBS, Anthony Kearns is a member of “The Irish Tenors”, an award-winning vocal quartet with Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum CD recognitions. Kearns details his astounding career, beginning as the vocally-untrained winner of an Irish national radio competition, and his upcoming concert in Holbrook, Iowa on May 3 at 4 p.m.
The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival is an annual affair boasting a wide variety of performances, including music theater, plays, storytelling, and more. Director Miriam Kenning shares this year’s line-up, which includes Always, Patsy!, The Three Little Pigs, and The Ioway Cabaret! Performances take place in various locations around Wapello County, Iowa during the month of June.
The Des Moines Symphony has planned yet another exciting year of great music for their 2015-2016 season. Maestro Joseph Giunta outlines the works and guest performers for next year, as well as elaborates on his recent induction into the Mid America Music Association Hall of Fame. Giunta and Iowa native and opera singer Simon Estes became the first inductees of the organization’s Hall of Fame and were honored at a ceremony held at Wartburg College.
You can now download or listen to the May edition of this program right here. Tune in to the Iowa Arts Showcase on the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Iowa Public Radio Classical.