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8:25 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tonight at 7: Mahler 9th from Amsterdam

Gustav Mahler in 1907, a year before he began work on his Ninth Symphony
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Mahler's 9th Symphony "expresses an extraordinary love of the earth," said Alban Berg; yet "it comes from eternity," said Herbert von Karajan. Hear an extraordinary performance by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Daniele Gatti, the music director of the French National Orchestra and Zurich Opera. Reviewing the September concert, one critic wrote that "the sound of this wonderful orchestra really opened up" and that "Gatti’s and the orchestra’s pacing and shaping of this was excellent."

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6:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Encore Broadcast for October 14, 2013

On Monday, October 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast of the Waterloo0-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, narrator Scott Cawelti, and the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra performance. Commissioned by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a three-movement work inspired by photographs of daily life in rural Iowa.

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Symphonies of Iowa
3:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Conor Hanick in IPR's Studio One

Classical
2:47 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio's next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio's Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition: Gravity and Grace

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Classical
6:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Featuring an Encore Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, October 7, 2013

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series encore broadcast scheduled for Monday October 7, 2013 at 7 p.m., internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for a brilliant performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

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Classical
4:46 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

O, Romeo!, Russia, NY, and Iowa Style

A performance of the Shakespeare play that inspired this Orchestra Iowa concert.
Credit clio1789 on flick.rom

Tune in Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa presents "Star-Crossed Lovers" - music inspired by Shakespeare's tragic lovers, including a new work written in Iowa. After Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy and music from Prokofiev's ballet, we'll hear the dances from Bernstein's West Side Story, which transplanted the story to Harlem. But first, we'll hear Drive By, by Grinnell faculty member Eric McIntyre. Narrated by actor Frank Oden, it presents a unique twist on the story of Romeo and Juliet by combining orchestral nuance with beat poetry.

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Classical
5:28 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Muti/CSO in Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Italians

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (previously music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, La Scala, and the Philharmonia Orchestra).
Credit HyundaiCardWeb at flickr.com

Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Riccardo Muti, perform Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4, the "Italian," Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne, Respighi's "Roman Festivals" and, for good measure, the Fifth Symphony of Antonin Dvorak - not an Italian, but with this orchestra and conductor, who's complaining?

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Classical
8:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin"

Lohengrin in the San Francisco Opera's production.
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Classical
8:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

SF Opera in Wagner's "Lohengrin"

Lohengrin in the San Francisco Opera's production.
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Tune in at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Wagner's most accessible opera, Lohengrin, which contrasts the lust for power with the search for faith. The title roles is sung by Brandon Jovanovich, "a first-rate Wagner tenor"; his doubt-plagued bride is sung by Camilla Nylund,"evoking an affecting degree of dreamy distance in Elsa's account of her mysterious savior" (Gramophone).

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Talk of Iowa
12:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Iowa Musicians

François Péladeau

Meredith Willson left his home state of Iowa behind when he was 18 years old, but later as his career soared, he brought Iowa to Broadway and Hollywood with “The Music Man.”  Join host Charity Nebbe as Iowa Week continues to hear the stories of some of Iowa’s most famous musicians.  

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Classical
9:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Featuring an Encore Broadcast of Orchestra Iowa, September 30, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast scheduled for Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m., Orchestra Iowa combines romantic tragedies with exciting new works to create an electric program called Star-Crossed Lovers. Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture of the same title will set the musical stage. You’ll enjoy a modern take on the evening’s theme with Drive By, by Iowa composer and Grinnell College faculty member Eric McIntyre.

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Classical
8:57 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kim Performs Beethoven Third Concerto

South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim
Credit © Hajin Ahn from sunwookkim.com

Tune in Tuesday to sample the art of Sunwook Kim - the youngest pianist to win the prestigious Leeds Competition in 40 years and the first Asian winner. He performs Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Janacek's Sinfonietta and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 3. 

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Classical
8:38 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Beethoven's Biggest Hit Was the... What?

Beethoven - a painting from around the time he published his Septet.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join Barney Sherman Monday for an afternoon of classical music, with great pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Featured works include the last symphony of Haydn and an early hit of Beethoven, his Septet. Beethoven wrote this serenade with every intention of its becoming a best-seller, and it did, in some ways out-earning even the symphonies. If you wonder what music-lovers heard in it, wait till you hear the exceptional recording Barney has in store.

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Classical
9:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

SF Opera/Kaneko "Magic Flute" in English

Nathan Gunn as Papageno and Heidi Stober as Pamina in the San Francisco Opera's acclaimed "Magic Flute."
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Tune in at noon to hear the Mozart "Magic Flute" everyone's been talking about. It's designed by the celebrated Japanese artist Jun Kaneko (who now resides in Omaha, Nebraska!) and is sung in English. Albina Shagimuratova "dazzles" as the Queen of the Night, Nathan Gunn delights as Papageno, and Heidi Stober (with her "rare vivacity of voice and personality") triumphs as Pamina.

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Classical
2:43 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM

Prepare to move to the beat of a different drummer on the September Iowa Arts Showcase as Matt Andreini discusses the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project,  which has commissioned works from three Iowan and three Hungarian composers for percussion duo. Also, Deborah Dakin & Robert Elfline of Augustana College tell us about Laura Kaminsky's And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary, which they'll be performing in Davenport with the Tikkun Trio.  Orchestra Iowa’s Tim Hankewich and Hancher's Chuck Swanson update us on their respective 2013-14 seasons.

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9:32 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Noon Today: Heggie's "Moby-Dick" Sails

Stephen Costello as Greenhorn (Ishmael), Jay Hunter Morris as Ahab, and Jonathan Lemalu as Queequeg in Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick" at the San Francisco Opera.
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

At the premiere of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick," the audience kept bursting into spontaneous applause. Could an opera do justice to Melville's epic, mythic novel? Listeners felt it did and the critics agreed, calling it Heggie's "richest and most expressively assured" opera yet, "a masterpiece." Tune in at noon to hear it in the triumphant production from the San Francisco Opera.

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Classical
11:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Hampson sings Whitman, NY plays Mahler

American baritone Thomas Hampson
Credit Dario Acosta, from thomashampson.com

Join us tonight at 7 to hear Thomas Hampson sing "The Wound-Dresser" - John Adams' setting of poetry of Walt Whitman about the experience of nursing in the Civil War. The New York Philharmonic also performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 2, "The Resurrection." The New York Times wrote that Adams' "music is driven by Whitman’s words, set with a deft blend of aching lyricism and conversational naturalness. Mr. Hampson brought myriad colorings to his singing." Alan Gilbert conducts.

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Classical
10:09 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Uchida Live in Beethoven 4th Concerto

The pianist and conductor Dame Mitsuko Uchida.
Credit Arts Management Group, http://www.artsmg.com

Join us at 7PM to hear one of the supreme pianists, Mitsuko Uchida, perform a work she's renowned for, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4. Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The concert broadcast also includes an interview about Beethoven with Uchida, who is Artist-in-Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra, co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Classical
9:47 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Giunta's Mendelssohn, Nakamatsu's LisztX2

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition and Harmonia mundi recording artist.

Tune in tonight at 7 as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, music from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," and two works of Liszt - BOTH piano concertos, played by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu, from Oakland, CA, won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn competition, and has since built a notable international career and discography. Joseph Giunta conducts in this encore presentation from IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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Classical
11:19 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Brucemorchestra LIVE! Tonight at 7 PM

Orchestra Iowa and Tim Hankewich performing at last year's Brucemorchestra concert.
Credit Orchestra Iowa

If you can't make it to Orchestra Iowa's annual outdoor concert at the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, tune in to IPR Classical to hear it live. Tim Hankewich and co. will perform three Russian masterpieces everyone knows (and loves!): the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (the basis of the song "Stranger in Paradise"); the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninoff, featuring Iowa's extraordinary Miko Kominami as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, with its rich drama, colorful evocations of Russian folk music, and barn-burning finale.

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Classical
7:42 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Beach & Thuille from Spoleto Festival

The pioneering American composer Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Saturday at 10 AM for this week's Spoleto Chamber Music Festival broadcast, featuring the Piano Quintet by the pioneering American composer Amy Beach, and the delightful Sextet by the neglected Tyrolean master Ludwig Thuille. The stellar performers include the St. Lawrence String Quartet and leading American musicians such as horn player Eric Ruske.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

DiDonato & Cabell in Bellini from SF

Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell in the San Francisco Opera's production of "The Montagues and the Capulets"
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us at noon for the San Francisco Opera's production of Bellini's "Montagues and Capulets." You couldn't ask for a better cast: as Romeo is no less than the great American mezzo Joyce DiDonato; as Juliet is Nicole Cabelle, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest.

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Classical
11:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Kavakos' Korngold, Gilbert's Nielsen from NY

Greek violinist/ conductor Leonidas Kavakos
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the amazing Leonidas Kavakos play Korngold's Violin Concerto and Alan Gilbert conduct the New York Philharmonic in two symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - the greatest Viennese prodigy since Mozart - fled the Third Reich and afterwards made his living in Hollywood; his Violin Concerto is an outright masterpiece. As for Nielsen, he's been called "the most underrated composer of the 2oth century." Gilbert conducts the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and his Third (the Sinfonia Espansiva).

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10:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

MacMillan's Concerto for Repin

Scottish composer James MacMillan, CBE
Credit Philip Gatward, courtesy intermusica.co.uk

Join us tonight at 7 to hear Vadim Repin (called "the best and most perfect violinist I've ever heard" by Yehudi Menuhin) perform the concerto written for him by James MacMillan, whose "musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music." The concert also includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. It features the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Donald Runnicles.

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Classical
5:36 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Berlioz & Shakespeare, Byron, Cooper

Hector Berlioz, as painted by Gustave Courbet
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores the literary imagination of French Romantic maverick Hector Berlioz. The concert begins with his Corsair (an overture first titled after a James Fenimore Cooper novel), continues with music from Romeo and Juliet (based on the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, of course), and continues with the viola c0ncerto/symphony Harold in Italy (based on Byron). As an encore, Susan Graham sings the delicious "Summer Nights," Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

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9:56 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure

Mark Delavan as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde in the San Francisco Opera's Die Walkure
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.

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Classical
8:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Stravinsky & Two Sorts of "Russian-ness"

Igor Stravinsky, drawn by his friend Pablo Picasso
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7 as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a concert that contrasts two kinds of "Russian-ness" in Stravinsky. "The Fairy's Kiss" is his loving tribute to Tchaikovsky; "Petroushka" bursts with Russian color and Russian folk themes.

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Classical
8:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Lugansky's Rach 3, Oundjian's Tchaikovsky

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Credit Marco Borggreve, courtesy opus 3 Artists

Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as Nikolai Lugansky - the young Russian who was one of the artists listed by the New York Times as evidence that we live in a "golden age" of the piano - performs everyone's favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto, the Third. Then Peter Oundjian, who left a major career as a violinist to become a conductor, leads Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Performing is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which recently appointed Oundjian its music director.

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Classical
4:15 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Orchestra Iowa's Return to the Paramount

The refurbished Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.

Join us Monday at 7 PM for an encore broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's triumphant return to the Paramount Theatre, refurbished after the devastating flood of 2008. Music director Tim Hankewich leads the concert, which took place in November, 2012. It features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Waltzes, and Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. Jacqueline Halbloom is the producer and host of our Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
9:49 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Hamelin, Petrenko & CSO Russian Concert

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, the noted Canadian artist soloing in this week's Chicago Symphony concert
Credit Fran Kaufman, courtesy marcandrehamelin.com

Tune in at 2PM as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Canadian pianist extraordinaire, plays the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Shostakovich, and Kirill Petrenko debuts with the Chicago Symphony in Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff.  The young Russian maestro this year conducted the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth and became music director of the Bavarian State Opera.

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