Performance Iowa

Iowa Public Radio’s performance series, Performance Iowa, showcases Iowa's best performers as well as visiting musicians making a special stop in Iowa and in our studios. Host Jacqueline Halbloom goes behind the music in each broadcast with IPR’s classical music team and celebrity guests.

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Orchestra Iowa

This Performance Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 “Holiday Spectacular” concert. The festive program includes holiday favorites and works by Bach, Corelli, Vaughan Williams, and more! Hear Orchestra Iowa bring the holiday cheer with an array of special guests. The orchestra is joined by vocal soloists Dylan Ascher, and Angela Billman, trumpeter Andrew Classen, organist Neal Marple, the Preucil School of Music’s Espressivo Strings, Discovery Chorus, Chamber Singers of Iowa City,...

Matthew Coley

Holiday marimba music is here! Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa is excited to present internationally acclaimed percussionist Matthew Coley’s Heartland Marimba Festival holiday program live from Studio One in Cedar Falls. His solo spectacular will feature beautiful holiday favorites that he has arranged for this tour. Check out this festive edition of Performance Iowa right here!

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special Thanksgiving treat from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. An encore of Orchestra Iowa's 95th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast on Thursday, November 24 at 2 p.m. In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary, the concert blends country, folk, and classical music and pays tribute to the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9th annual outdoor...

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In honor of Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol for an encore broadcast of The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert from July 1st. The event featured rousing marches, as well as a mix of show tunes and patriotic selections celebrating “The Sound of America.” The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph Giunta were joined by Governor Terry Branstad to salute members of the armed forces. Broadway vocalist Hugh...

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special program from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. Orchestra Iowa's 95 th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 PM. In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary that blends country, folk, and classical music, the concert will be an unforgettable night celebrating the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9 th...

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s 2016 Season kicked off with a live Performance Iowa broadcast in Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One! This year’s festival takes on an Alice in Wonderland theme as the chamber players present timeless repertoire for their season entitled “Through the Looking Glass.” Hunter Capoccioni, the festival’s Artistic Director, gave us an inside view into what the season has in store. The group performed the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 , the first...

Christopher Maharry

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol again on Friday, July 1 st for its 23 rd year. Iowa Public Radio Classical will be there broadcasting the concert live, with a pre-show hosted by IPR producers Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola starting at 8:00 p.m. The event features rousing marches, as well as a mix of show tunes and patriotic selections celebrating “The Sound of America.” The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph...

Rachel Bearinger

Congratulations to Timur Mustakimov, winner of the second Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from ten different countries, Mustakimov is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize and a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label. Timur was also the winner of the new Audience Choice Award, for which he received $500. Timur Mustakimov performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118...

Rachel Bearinger

The 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition is nearing its climax as three world-class pianists have been selected to compete in the finals on Saturday night and perform the concerto of their choice with the wcfsymphony under Jason Weinberger. The three finalists hail from China, the United States, and Russia. All three have chosen to play the Emperor Concerto as their final round repertoire. What a wonderful opportunity for the listener to hear different musical interpretations of...

Rachel Bearinger

The second Midwest International Piano Competition is in full swing at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls! The world-renowned pianists and teachers serving as this year’s judges include Eric Larsen, Craig Sheppard, and Nelita True. American pianist Eric Larsen has established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He tours regularly in Russia, Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. He is in demand internationally for both solo piano and chamber music...

UNI School of Music

The competitors have arrived and the halls are buzzing -- the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition has begun! We hope to see you for the preliminary rounds as well as the junior and senior category finals this week. View the full schedule and make a plan to join us!

Midwest International Piano Competition Schedule

The pianists are coming, the pianists are coming! During the week of June 6-10, over 30 of the world’s best young pianists will head to Iowa to compete in UNI’s second Midwest International Piano Competition. On June 11 th , three of those pianists will be competing in the finals, supported by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music. Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and Al Schares will host IPR’s live Performance Iowa broadcast, presenting pre-recorded interviews with the...

UNI School of Music

In 2014, the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition brought some of the world’s best young pianists to the Great Hall of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. As a prelude to the 2016 competition, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa will be airing selections performed by the three 2014 Senior Division finalists on Saturday, June 4 at 6 A.M. and 8 P.M., and again on Sunday, June 5 at 7 P.M. 24-year-old Israeli pianist Tomer Gewirtzman performed Bardanashvili’s Postlude...

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Tune in on Sunday, January 17 th at 2 p.m. for a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performing Verdi’s La Traviata from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa will accompany the talented cast, including Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. The performance is conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht and directed by James Marvel. Join us for a live broadcast of the CROT’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata !

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, January 12 th for several sneak peek selections from the CROT’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata . The CROT’s principal cast features Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. Other members include Eric Ferring as Gastone, Erin Bryan as Annina, and Loralee Songer as Flora. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their...

wcfsymphony

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa broadcast of the wcfsymphony’s 2015 Family Holiday concert showcases a performance of the wcfsymphony’s 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner. Contest winner, violinist Jonathan Wolf, is a senior at Gilbert High School. He will present Pablo de Sarasate’s fiery Zigeunerweisen , Op. 20 with the orchestra. The program includes Howard Blake’s soundtrack to the film classic, The Snowman with soloist Philip Boesen. The orchestra shares the stage with...

Todd Rosenberg

The final broadcast of Yo-Yo Ma’s Quad City Symphony 100 th Season Celebration Concert will air on Iowa Public Radio. In honor of this special program, IPR’s Performance Iowa will broadcast Yo-Yo Ma with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on Friday, November 27 th at 1pm. The concert opens with Brahms’s colorful Academic Festival Overture, written as a thank you to the University of Breslau and utilizing student drinking songs as musical motives. The symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s deeply...

Iowa Public Radio

Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we present an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 Brucemorchestra concert. Our Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 2 PM. Recorded live on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on the grounds of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s Brucemorchestra theme was Brucemorchestra! 1812 and More . This annual family tradition featured one of the most famous...

Des Moines Symphony

In honor of Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m. on November 11 th , 2015, Iowa Public Radio will air an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert from July 2 nd . The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph Giunta are joined by Governor Terry Branstad for the Armed Forces Salute . Guest Broadway vocalists Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro perform favorites from State Fair , The Bridges of Madison County , and The Music Man . The Des Moines Symphony will premiere selections...

Scott Murphy

Live from the front lawn of Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, IPR's Performance Iowa was excited to bring you Orchestra Iowa's Brucemorechestra! 1812 and More concert on Saturday, September 12, at 7:00 PM. This annual family tradition featured one of the most famous works of all time - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture . The program also included Dvorak's iconic Symphony No. 9, From the New World , as well as Semtana's The Moldau from Ma Vlast, and the Men of Harlech march, arranged by music director...

Nicholas Carlo

Join Iowa Public Radio Classical live at noon from Cedar Falls on Thursday, July 16 for a special Performance Iowa broadcast showcasing the Rawlins Piano Trio. Comprised of violinist Eunho Kim, cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon, and pianist Susan Keith Gray, the trio has recorded five CDs and performs regularly across the country and abroad. They specialize in standards as well as contemporary gems and are featured guests in this year’s Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival. Joining the trio for the...

Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol again on Thursday, July 2 for its 22 nd year. Iowa Public Radio Classical will be there broadcasting the concert live, with a pre-show hosted by IPR producers Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola starting at 8:00 p.m. The event features rousing marches, as well as a mix of patriotic selections celebrating “Iowa: America’s Musical Heartland.”

Nick Carlo

On Tuesday, June 9, seven cast members from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of “ Man of La Mancha ” gave a Performance Iowa revue live in Studio One. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s novel Don Quixote, Dale Wasserman’s version features a play within a play where the central character, Cervantes, and his fellow prisoners act out the story of the mad knight Don Quixote as they await a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.

Todd Rosenberg

Yo-Yo Ma performs on Iowa Public Radio in a special live broadcast of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Season Celebration Concert. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 live from the Adler Theatre in Davenport. There will be selections from a taped pre-concert interview with Mr. Ma during the 7:00 hour. The concert opens with Brahms’s colorful Academic Festival Overture, written as a thank you to the University of Breslau and employing student drinking songs for...

Nick Carlo

Thirteen-year-old piano prodigy Emily Bear has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Lincoln Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, and many other venues across the globe, and has now added Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One to the list. Listen below to a special interview and performance with the rising star. Composing since the age of 3, Bear became the youngest recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award at age 6 and has since then recorded...

Nick Schumacher

We hope you'll take the time to listen to this special interview and performance by acclaimed composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain recorded in Studio One. Roumain has debuted new works at Carnegie Hall and has been commissioned by the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, and more. His works have been performed by orchestras around the world and he has been an artist-in-residence at numerous institutions. Roumain is the 2015 composer-in-residence for the wcfsymphony ,...

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Today at 2PM you have a rare chance to experience a live performance of Handel's great oratorio, "Esther." T hen, stay after for a reception and meet IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Curt Snook . In "Esther," Handel wrote some of his most inspiring music to tell the story of the J ewish Queen of Persia whose courageous action saved her people from genocide. It will be performed at Sebring-Lewis Hall by the Lyra Baroque Ensemble and Grinnell Singers conducted by John Rommerein . IPR will be...

Tony Dehner

The United States Air Force Midwest Winds Woodwind Quintet visited Studio One for a special live broadcast on Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at noon. Comprised of members of the USAF Band of Mid-America, the ensemble features Senior Airman Rachel Maclary, flute; Staff Sergeant Jennifer Kost, oboe; Senior Airman Craig Buying, clarinet; Senior Airman Sara Garing, bassoon; and Master Sergeant Peter Hensel, French Horn. The United States Air Force Midwest Winds...

Nicholas Carlo

Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One presented a sneak peek on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 of the upcoming Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s weekend performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Our musical glimpse included baritone Christopher Burchett in the title role of Don Giovanni, with baritone Lee Poulis as his servant, Leporello; soprano Veronica Mitina as Donna Elvira; soprano Michelle Price as the understudy for Donna Anna; soprano Jessica Pray as Zerlina; tenor Jonathan Blalock in the role of Don...

Nicholas Carlo

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to bring you a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni . The opera revolves around the womanizing scoundrel Don Giovanni (fashioned after the legendary Don Juan). The performance, under the baton of the CROT’s founder and artistic director Daniel Kleinknecht, along with University of Oklahoma professor and guest director William Ferrara, provides a mixture of comedy and tragedy. The plot follows Don Giovanni as he...

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