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May is flowering with an abundant array of arts events around the state. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, detailing the launch of their new season and their historic opening gala following the flood of 2008

·         The Des Moines Metro Opera’s General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, diving into the DMMO’s new summer season operas and the stars that will grace the Blank Performing Arts Center stage in Indianola

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Firebird” concert. It includes new music composed by Avner Dorman and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Firebird suite.

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The final broadcast of the 2016 Arias in April series features the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It airs on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 11:00 p.m.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “Romeo & Juliet and The King of Instruments” concert. It features music composed by Hector Berlioz, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saëns.

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This week’s Arias in April broadcast features Simpson College Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. It will air on Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 11:00 p.m.

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  In the 1970s, Simon Estes - the son of an Iowa coal miner and grandson of slaves - was triumphing in Europe's most legendary opera houses. He starred at La Scala, Covent Garden, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, and the  Bayreuth Festival (where he was the first male of African descent to sing lead roles).  But here in his home country, top opera companies ignored him, and the reason was obvious: race. That slight could have embittered almost anyone, but not Estes. What saw him through was guidance from his mother - advice she had first given him when he was a child in Centerville, Iowa.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “Stirring Fantasies” concert. It features music composed by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet.

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The final opera in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Janáček’s Jenůfa, airs as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April  broadcast series. IPR will broadcast Jenůfa on Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 11:00 p.m.

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Red Cedar Chamber Music is marking its 20th anniversary with a first-ever passing of the baton. The founders of this unique cultural resource, Jan Boland and John Dowdall, will retire -  but only after they searched carefully for the right successors. They eventually settled on another husband/wife team, cellist Carey Bostian and violinist Meira Kim, and happily, the Iowa City couple accepted the offer.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Bach I” concert. It features music composed by the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach.

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This week’s Arias in April broadcast features another production from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd Festival Season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West. It will air on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m and Sunday, April 10 at 11:00 p.m.

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This week's Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa's "OI Chamber: French Kiss" concert. It features music by French composers François Couperin, Camille Saint-Saëns, and César Franck.

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The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in the return of Arias in April with performances from their 43rd Festival Season. The first broadcast features Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 11:00 p.m.

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Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April program is back with a month of exciting Iowa-produced operas. Our series features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43rd festival season and productions by Simpson College Opera and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

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April is blessed with an amazing array of Iowa arts and music events! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Marlboro violist, Samuel Rhodes, and Administrator, Frank Solomon, sharing details about the 50th Anniversary Season of the Musicians from Marlboro and their stop in Ames as part of the Ames Town and Gown Series

·         World-renowned pianist Jeremy Denk outlining his jazz and ragtime infused Civic Music program at Sheslow Auditorium taking place on April 15

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms” concert. It features music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Johannes Brahms.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Star Wars” concert. It features music from John Williams’ Star Wars score as well as selections from The Planets, On the Town, Swan Lake, The Ring, and The Rite of Spring.

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This broadcast of Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “The Fifth Season” concert. The concert includes pieces by Finzi, Piazzolla, and Tchaikovsky, and features guest violinist, Lara St. John.

You can now listen to the March edition of IPR's Iowa Arts Showcase right here, along with extra material from this month's interviews. Join us in April for the next edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 – Beyond the Score” concert. The concert includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in the symphony’s 6th collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also included in this broadcast will be a selection from the DMSO’s Beethoven one to nine project recorded throughout their 2003-4 season.

While spring remains elusive, the March Iowa Arts Showcase supplies plenty of events to help you survive the final days of winter. This month’s Showcase features:

•                    UI’s Courtney Jones outlining the upcoming Johnson County Landmark event featuring visiting soloist Dr. Melvin Butler at the current music building and the Riverside Recital Hall in Iowa City.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Copland and Clarinet” concert. The concert includes pieces by Zhou Long and Aaron Copland, and features two Klezmer sets with virtuoso clarinetist, David Krakauer.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “OI Chamber: Russian Troika” concert. The program includes three distinctly Eastern European masterpieces.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Capriccio Espagnol & Beethoven’s Pastoral” concert. The program includes Elena Urioste’s Des Moines Symphony debut with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

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February brings more than just Valentine’s Day this year, with a medley of arts events across the state. This month’s edition features:

•                    Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, filling us in on the upcoming Bobby McFerrin concert and their plans to move into their new performing arts center.          

•                    Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, providing the inside scoop on several exhibits coming to the museum this month.

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When critics chose their favorite classical disks of 2015, they mentioned hundreds of albums at least once, several more than once, and a select few way more than that.  To get the details, my annual "mega-meta-list" tallied 67 best-of-year lists, which included over 160 writers from around the world.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Water Music” concert. The concert includes the world premiere of Jerome Margolis’ Rivers Run Free as well as Handel’s iconic Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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If you could use an extra Wade Goodwyn fix - or just want to hear an American orchestra that is thrilling critics worldwide - join us Wednesday nights at 7 for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert. The orchestra's extraordinary music director, Dutchman Jaap van Zweden, kicks off the series tonight with Mahler's First Symphony (including the extra "Flowers" movement), preceded by Ravel's sparkling, soulful Piano Concerto played the noted French-Sephardic pianist Helene Grimaud. And NPR's Dallas correspondent, Wade Goodwyn, hosts the weekly broadcasts. Tune in!

This broadcast of Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa's National Romance concert. The performance features three iconic works from the late romantic era and early 20th century, each of which defines the style of music in their nation. 

Today's output of classical albums is (pardon me while I scribble on the back of an envelope) something like triple what it was a generation ago.

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