Iowa Arts Showcase

Through short interviews, Jacqueline Halbloom highlights the efforts and activities of non-profit arts and culture organizations throughout Iowa.  She focuses on performing arts organizations, festivals, visual arts organizations, and other cultural centers.  Iowa Arts Showcase shines a light on the contributions of arts organizations to Iowa communities.

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The Northeast Iowa School of Music in Dubuque’s founder and executive director, Tracey Rush, is announcing her retirement after 17 years of service. She still plans to work with the school as an Artistic Advisor, and is looking forward to hiring their first full-time Executive Director. Rush has also been the Dubuque Community String Orchestra’s conductor since she founded the ensemble in 1998 to give adult amateur musicians an outlet for ensemble performance.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. The symphony will be presenting ts first fully-staged musical, West Side Story, in honor of the centennial of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with wcfsymphony Music Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger. The symphony will be performing a concert in celebration of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Sean Ulmer, and Associate Curator, Kate Kunau. The two discuss the museum’s new exhibition of works by Edward Hopper. This exhibition of thirteen seminal works, all drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, traces the early trajectory of Edward Hopper’s career in works from 1906 to 1933. 

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This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with UNI graduate voice students Megan Grey and Leia Lensing. Both of the young Iowa vocalists participated in the national opera competition circuit with amazing results. Ms. Grey competed in The MET National Council Auditions and has been selected to move on to the semi-finals competition with a Grand Finals Concert with full orchestra at the MET in New York City on April 29th. Ms. Lensing received 1st prize at the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.

Tomorrow at noon, join IPR Classical and Jacqueline Halbloom for a special edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase featuring interviews discussing a guest virtuoso countertenor, a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, and the Mission Creek art festival in Iowa City.

The Des Moines Metro Opera is hosting a concert for guest virtuoso countertenor, John Holiday. Mr. Holiday has won several national opera competitions and performed in leading and supporting roles with major national opera companies. Don’t miss his concert on Sunday, April 8th at Plymouth Church in Des Moines at 7 p.m.!

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Shattered Glass will be presenting an exciting concert series across Iowa performing various works for string orchestra.

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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.

“There are 1,000 ways to paint, why limit yourself to one manner?” – Charles Thwaites, 1947

The Wisconsin painter Charles Thwaites was the rare artist who excelled at both realist and abstract styles. His transition from one to the other was smooth and almost effortless, and he succeeded at both with confidence and originality. The Dubuque Museum of Art is showcasing 43 Thwaites paintings, drawings, and prints drawn from the collection of MOWA in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Last September, concert violinist Jennifer Frautschi performed in Des Moines with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. As the Chicago Tribune noted, "violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities." Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.

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Stephens Auditorium and the Ames International Orchestra Foundation (AIOFA) proudly welcome back the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. Founded as a small radio orchestra in 1926, ENSO has since grown to 100 musicians performing more than 60 concerts each year with a repertoire ranging from baroque music to premieres of contemporary works. They enjoy increasing acclaim for their Grammy award-winning recordings and festival appearances in Scandinavia, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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The Russian-based collective Moscow Festival Ballet presents Giselle at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University on Thursday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.! In the ballet, a peasant girl named Giselle dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. A group of supernatural women, who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.

The University of Northern Iowa Opera’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel will be on stage at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 28th at 2 p.m. Graduate voice students Megan Grey and Emily Secor star as Hansel and Gretel in this fully-staged production.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performances of Puccini’s Turandot will be held on Friday, January 19th at 7:30 and again on Sunday, January 21st at 2 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. Internationally acclaimed Australian Soprano Rebecca Nash stars in the title role and former NFL football player and CROT returning tenor, Ta’u Pupu’a captures the heart and soul of Prince Calaf.

 

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The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is housing a two-gallery exhibition of the works of the illustrious sculptor Malvina Hoffman. From her early bust of her father Richard to her famous commission from Chicago’s Field Museum to create their “Hall of Man,” Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey traces Hoffman’s artistic roots from her teenage creations through apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin and into her arrival as an independent and gifted artist.

Irma René Koen was a true Renaissance woman of the arts, who was certainly ahead of her time. She was born in Rock Island, IL, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with prominent landscape painter Charles Francis Browne and with leading Danish-American portraitist John Christen Johansen. Irma’s talents and interests extended beyond painting over the course of her lifetime. In her youth, she danced in theatrical benefits and was an accomplished cellist. After moving to Mexico permanently in 1944, Irma continued painting and traveling.

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Autumn in the air brings many exciting Iowa arts events to the state. The October and November IAS features:

·         Paul Wierson delving into the upcoming Ragtime In Randall festival north of Ames

·         UNI Instructor of Percussion, Matthew Andreini, sharing details about the Iowa Composers Forum’s “Hammers & Mallets” Fall Concert Series

·         Music Director Kim Noftsker speaking on Philippe Lefebre’s organ concert at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport

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With classes back in session and autumn just ahead, arts events are revving up across the state. Tune in Saturday, September 2nd at 11AM or 5PM for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase featuring:

·         Waterloo Center for the Arts Executive Director, Kent Shankle, and Curator Chawne Paige delving into the Haitian Art Society Annual Conference

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As summer continues to heat up, tune in for more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. The August Showcase features:

•     Dr. Ashley Sidon, Artistic Director and cellist of the Zenith Chamber Festival in Des Moines, outlining the masterworks and musicians for this year’s festival

·         wcfsymphony Artistic Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger, giving us the inside scoop on the orchestra’s 2017-18 season

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Pack up the car, turn up your favorite public radio station, and set your GPS for these Iowa arts destinations on this summer’s road trip. The June and July Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Barbara Lounsberry and Mary Taylor, Steering Committee Members, reveling in this year’s Cedar Falls Authors Festival

·         Composer Michael Ching and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Kleinknecht filling us in on the CROT’s upcoming production of Speed Dating Tonight!

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May is flowering with a bountiful array of arts events around the state! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

•         Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, filling us in on their 45th festival season

•         Gail Naughton, President and CEO of the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, and Stephanie Kohn, Museum Curator, delving into the glass artist Dale Chihuly’s exhibit currently on display at the museum

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Let IPR’s Iowa Arts Showcase keep you in the loop during one of the busiest months of the year! This month’s Showcase features:

·         Timothy Shipe, curator of the International Dada Archive at University of Iowa Libraries, filling us in on the Dada exhibit at the UI Main Library Gallery in Iowa City

·         Dean of Iowa State’s College of Ag and Life Science, Wendy Wintersteen, and Lynette Pohlman, Director and Chief Curator of University Museums, sharing details about ISU’s portrait-painting sessions “Faces of Iowa State”

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While spring remains elusive, the March Iowa Arts Showcase supplies plenty of events to help you survive the final days of winter. Listen this Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for:

·         Conductor of The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar, sharing details about their upcoming performance at Stephens Auditorium in Ames

·         IPR’s Mark Simmet talking with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips about his art exhibit at the Waterloo Center for the Arts

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February brings more than just Cupid’s bow and arrow this year, with a medley of arts events across the state. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·       Don P. Roberts, President, CEO, and Director of DRUMLine Live!, speaking on the

show’s upcoming performance at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

·         IPR’s Tony Dehner, exploring Iowa’s Rock and Roll History at UNI’s Rod Library

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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

With Thanksgiving in the air, prepare to mark your calendars with the exciting arts events coming up this month in Iowa. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Artist Gary Kelley speaking on his “Giving the Devil his Due” exhibit at the Figge and on an upcoming concert collaboration with the wcfsymphony

·         Julia Bullard diving into Trio 826’s Fall Residency program at the Hearst Center for the Arts

·         A recent visit with the President of OPERA America Marc Scorca

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With the arrival of October comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Executive Director of Ballet Quad Cities, Joedy Cook revealing the rundown on their 20th season

·         Alison Farris, Senior Curator of the Des Moines Art Center delving into the Vivian Maier exhibit currently at the center

·         Musicians Carol Hester, Heather Armstrong, Craig Hultgren, and Ben Hippen outlining details about their upcoming Iowa Composers Forum showcase concerts

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With school back in session and fall in the air, cultural events are revving up across the state. Tune in today, Saturday, Sept. 10th, at 11AM or 5PM, for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as we talk with

·         Tim Ferry III talking about premiering his new nature-inspired music at the Hearst Center

·         Maestro Mark Russell Smith filling us in on the QCSO’s outstanding 2016-17 concert line-up

·         Poet Bradford Tice, winner of the 2014 Trio Award, reading from his new book of poetry called “What the Night Numbered”

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As summer continues to heat up, tune in for more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. The August showcase features:

·         Music Director & Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony Joseph Giunta diving into the orchestra’s 2016-2017 Season

·         President and Music Director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, Josh Duffee, outlining details on the 2016 Bix Jazz Festival

·         Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, revealing plans for the auditorium’s grand re-opening

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June and July are overflowing with arts events and anniversary celebrations. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Salisbury House Executive Director, Kit Curran, and Curator/Historian, Megan Stout Sibbel, detailing upcoming performances of Shakespeare’s King Lear and an art show exhibiting works by 14 local artists

·         The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Associate Curator & Registrar, Mara Linskey-Deegan, and Board of Directors member, Barb MacGregor, outlining the happenings in celebration of the MacNider’s 50th anniversary

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