Symphonies of Iowa

Sundays at 4 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. on FM Classical

Every week, Symphonies of Iowa showcases Iowa's leading orchestras in concert. You'll hear a mix of familiar masterpieces and new works, of world-renowned soloists and Iowa's best composers and musicians. Join us Sundays at 4 PM and Mondays at 7 PM.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik” concert. The Halloween-themed performance includes works by Gustav Mahler, Ferruccio Busoni, Hector Berlioz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, and Charles Gounod.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

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This week's Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony's "Masterworks 2: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake" concert. The orchestra performs works by Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. 

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the wcfsymphony’s “PROJECT Trio” concert! The TRIO joins the orchestra for the second half of their program, performing their piece Djangish as well as Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter Concerto.

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The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert once again rings in Independence Day celebrations. On Monday, July 2nd, DMSO will perform on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol for its 25th annual show. Described as “family-friendly and patriotic”, this event is free, and audience members are invited to bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs. The evening begins at 8:00 pm with IPR’s preshow and is followed by DMSO’s “Simon Sings America” concert at 8:30 pm.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Mahler Symphony 3” concert.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Rhapsody in Blue” concert. The orchestra performs works by Strauss, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Ravel.

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Iowa Public Radio will wave its stars and stripes on Flag Day with a broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s 24th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert.

The show kicks off with the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest winner, Stephanie Schneider, performing The Star Spangled Banner. Entitled An American Journey, the program then moves onto Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones. Following that, guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra such as Come Fly with Me and other patriotic classics, including God Bless the U.S.A.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “The Hungarian Project” concert. The orchestra performs works by Brahms, Bartók, and Kodály.

This concert focuses on music from Hungary, featuring Bartók’s Divertimento. Bartók lived in Europe during World War II and was a very vocal opponent for fascism. During that time, he was given an opportunity to live in the Swiss mountains, and he did so, allowing himself to compose peacefully. It was there that he composed Divertimento. After its premiere, he fled for the US and never returned to Europe.

Joyce Yang

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody” concert. The program focuses on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with guest pianist Joyce Yang.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Invitation to the Dance” concert. Also included in this broadcast will be Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Minor and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Elgar’s Enigma Variations – Beyond the Score” (formatted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) concert. The program focuses on Elgar’s Enigma’s Variations. Also included in this broadcast will be Eroica from the DMSO’s Beethoven One to Nine project recorded throughout their 2003-4 season.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Dubuque Symphony’s “A Confession of the Soul – Sibelius 2” concert. The orchestra performs works by Warlock, Mozart, and Sibelius.

The Dubuque Symphony’s Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch is featured in Mozart’s glorious “Turkish” Violin Concerto. The Capriol Suite continues the orchestra’s exploration of lively dance suites, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony brings mystery and majesty together in a sweeping, climactic musical expression. Sibelius considered this symphony to be a “confession of his soul.”

Shervin Lainez

“Joshua Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.”  -  New York Times

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Quad City Symphony’s “Postcards from the Wild West” concert. The orchestra performs works by John Williams, Aaron Copland, David Ludwig, and Jacob Bancks.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Bernstein @ 100” concert.

Dan Williams

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Apotheosis of the Dance” concert. The performance includes works by Beethoven and Augusta Read Thomas.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Past as Prologue” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bolcom.

Orchestra Iowa performs some of classical music’s greatest works spanning throughout history in their “Past as Prologue” concert. Don’t miss this week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on Sunday, April 15th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 16th at 7 p.m.!

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BOLCOM             Orphee Serenade

BACH                   Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Concertos” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Handel, and Fasch.

Hear Iowa’s finest musicians – your very own wcfsymphony players – in virtuosic music of the Baroque. Jason Weinberger, Isaac-Pastor Chermak, and Daniel Friberg perform solo pieces with small ensemble and the whole group explores the concerto grosso form. Tune in on Sunday, April 8th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 9th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!
 

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This Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Masterworks IV: Stravinsky’s Petrouchka” concert. The performance includes works by Stravinsky, Elgar, and Sibelius.

Chip Peterson

This Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven’s Fifth” concert. The performance includes works by Mozart, Ginestera, Romero, and Beethoven.

The opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most recognizable motives of all time. Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven Fifth” concert also features a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 by guest pianist Miko Kominami, as well as pieces by Ginestera and Romero. Don’t miss this broadcast of IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 25th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m.!

This Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Serenades“ concert. The performance includes works by Mozart, Krommer, Beethoven, and Schubert.

Party like it’s 1799 with jovial music for entertaining written by Mozart and his Viennese contemporaries. Played for you by the virtuosic wcfsymphony winds in an intimate ballroom just like the ones where Mozart partied, the beautiful Brown Derby. Don’t miss this broadcast of IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 18th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 19th at 7 p.m.!

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Ritual Fire Dance “concert. The performance includes works by Ravel, Rodrigo, and Falla.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik” concert. The Halloween-themed performance includes works by Gustav Mahler, Ferruccio Busoni, Hector Berlioz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, and Charles Gounod.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Masterworks 2: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake” concert. The orchestra performs works by Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky.

In September of last year, we released a historical story for the Symphonies of Iowa broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s “American Mystics” concert. The version that we published was adapted from the Nathan Broder biography of Samuel Barber; the same source used by many major symphonies for their program notes for Barber’s Violin Concerto. However, it has come to light that the Broder version of events may not be accurate. Last year, we published the following:

We regret to inform listeners that due to circumstances beyond our control, this broadcast has been postponed until further notice. We will update the schedule with a new broadcast date when it has been determined. Be sure to tune in next week for the Des Moines Symphony's "Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake" concert!

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We regret to inform listeners that due to circumstances beyond our control, this broadcast has been postponed until further notice. We will update the schedule with a new broadcast date when it has been  determined. Be sure to tune in next week for the wcfsymphony's "Project TRIO" concert!

Symphonies of Iowa is back for the New Year! You won’t want to miss our 2018 season debut, featuring the Des Moines Symphony’s “Invitation to the Dance” concert.

Though coffee consumption was illegal in much of Germany during his lifetime, the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was a known frequenter of Leipzig’s many coffee houses. His famously exuberant personality could have easily been attributed to his avid coffee drinking. So enthusiastic was he about the beverage that he composed a secular cantata about it entitled “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering)” better known as the Coffee Cantata.

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