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Break out the glasses and butterbeer for this week’s Symphonies of Iowa! Experience John Williams’ magical music for the sensation that is Harry Potter alongside the symphonic classics that inspired him. The program also features the world premiere of composer and violist Paul Alan Price-Brenner’s electric The Conjuring Wand. That’s this Sunday at 4 p.m. and again on Monday at 7 p.m. for this magical Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!

WILLIAMS – Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban

Celeste Bembry

Performance Iowa presents UNI musicians and artists performing from IPR’s Studio One in honor of Black History Month! Black History Month is an annual observance in remembrance of important people and events in the history of people of color. It was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, and first celebrated at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government.

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Miroslav Petrasko

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on February 19th at 4 p.m. and February 20th at 7 p.m. features Orchestra Iowa’s “A Night in Prague” concert. The orchestra performs works by Janáček, Mozart, and Dvořák.

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Hearty congratulations to Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty on winning not one but three Grammy Awards, for an album that includes a work written for Iowa and first broadcast on IPR. The album, Tales of Hemingway (Naxos 8.559798), won "Best Classical Compendium" for Daugherty and for the performers, the Nashville Symphony led by Giancarlo Guerrero.

Marco Borggreve

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on February 12th at 4 p.m. and February 13th at 7 p.m. features the Des Moines Symphony’s “A German Rhapsody” concert. The orchestra performs works by German composers including Wagner, Brahms, Mozart, and Strauss.

In 2007, I read that the "dispute about classical recording is whether it is dying or dead," but in 2016 it seemed as frisky as kids swarming a playground. So many albums came out that trying to winnow them to a "best-of-the-year" list could make you empathize with an Ivy League admissions officer. Yet the challenge didn't daunt hundreds of critics worldwide, and their choices were fascinating. In recent years I've been aggregating all the lists I could find into a "meta-list," and I wasn't ready to stop just yet, so ... welcome to IPR's 2016 Classical Mega-Meta-List!

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on February 5th at 4 p.m. and February 6th at 7 p.m. features the wcfsymphony’s “Four Seasons I” concert. The orchestra performs Summer and Autumn from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as German composer Max Richter’s versions of the pieces.

Doug Knutson

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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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on January 29th at 4 p.m. and January 30th at 7 p.m. features Orchestra Iowa’s “Pastoral Beethoven” concert. The orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn and Mozart, as well as Beethoven’s expressive “Pastoral” Symphony.

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IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa is back for the New Year! The season kicks off on Sunday, January 22nd at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, January 23rd at 7 p.m. with the Des Moines Symphony presenting their season debut concert “Beethoven’s Ode to Joy!” under Joseph Giunta with The Drake Choir, the Simpson College Chamber Singers, and the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble. Soloists include flutist Kayla Burggraf, violinist Jonathan Sturm, Gregory Hand at the harpsichord, soprano Mary Ellen Giunta, alto Mary Creswell, tenor Scott Ramsay, and bass Dashon Burton.

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Performance Iowa is headed to the opera on Sunday, January 15th! We will present a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The Cavalleria rusticana cast will feature Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza), Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia), Teresa Buchholz (Lola). Tenor Chris Carr from Quasqueton will perform as Beppe in Pagliacci.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “A Hero’s Life” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Wagner, Dvorak, and Richard Strauss.

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre invaded Iowa Public Radio! Listen to our podcast from noon on Tuesday, January 10th for fabulous arias from the CROT’s production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. The singers also performed selections from Samson et Dalila, Faust, and Turandot. The CROT’s principal cast features Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner, Janara Kellerman, and Teresa Buchholz.

In 2016, Berlin and Paris released new Beethoven sets, but if you want classical music that hasn’t been recorded 100 times, you really ought to give Iowa a try. So when Charity Nebbe invited me to share favorite releases of 2016, I focused entirely on our state. As I mentioned to her, Iowa orchestras play awesome Beethoven (you can hear them on IPR's Symphonies of Iowa ), but in studio albums, Iowa musicians tend to explore less-traveled byways.

Jeff Fasano

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “Season Finale – All Tchaikovsky” concert. The orchestra performs three monumental works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Andrea Joynt

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphonic Fantasies” concert. The program showcases works by Iowa composer Amy Dunker, Rachmaninoff, and Berlioz and spotlights Russian piano virtuoso Natasha Paremski.

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Iowa Public Radio presents “A Big Band Christmas” featuring the Bill Shepherd Big Band! The group is composed of Cedar Valley professional musicians, and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd, a Cedar Falls High School graduate and professional singer/songwriter. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air. You can hear it on IPR News/Studio One on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 12 a.m. or 1 p.m. Also listen on IPR Classical on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. or Sunday, Dec. 25th at 8 p.m.

Orchestra Iowa

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ “Tricksters & Troubadours” concert. The musicians performed three duo compositions by Koetsier, Ginastera, and Vivaldi, as well as chamber works by Milhaud, Wuorinen, and Strauss. 

Gary Kelley

This Performance Iowa holiday broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “A New Nutcracker” concert. The program includes works by Duke Ellington, Vince Guaraldi, and Leroy Anderson.

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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!

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!

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At its 1892 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker went over like a stocking full of coal. St. Petersburg critics called it a "failed experiment" and "an insult." Only in Cold War America did it become the Christmas ballet, and while that process began in San Francisco, what made it a national tradition was a refugee who had danced the Nutcracker as a teenager in Russia, George Balanchine.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Elgar’s Bike” concert. The program includes works by Josef Strauss, Timo Andres, and Edward Elgar.

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We're not sure what to call them - "long-forms"? "essays"? - but some IPR posts take extra time to explore the landscape of classical music and what it tells us about our world. IPR's new Classical Barn page lets you find these posts quickly and easily. Click on the link to explore for yourself!

Cliff Jette

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s Missa Solemnis concert. Orchestra Iowa presents Beethoven’s Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis”, performed with the Simpson College Chamber Singers, the Simpson College Choir, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Beth Lytwynec, Eric Barry, and Sumner Thompson.

Bo Huang

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

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich” concert. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich, and features violinist Naha Greenholtz and cellist Hannah Holman.

 

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.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Bach II” concert. The program focuses on music by master composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen as the wcfsymphony performs two of Baroque music’s most famous instrumental works: Bach’s sparkling Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and beloved Suite No. 2. The performance features a beautiful 1970 Tom Pixton harpsichord recently acquired by the ensemble. Tune in on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!

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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.”

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