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4:09 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Des Moines-Inspired Work on SOI Monday

One of the works in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines - the inspiration for the composition by Steve Heitzeg premiered by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Casey Turner

Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the 75th Season inaugural concert of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Featured is a new work based on the art in Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park, written by Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzig. Also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Wagner’s Lohengrin preludes, and music from the score Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote for the film Captain Blood. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts.

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9:37 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Lyric's Oklahoma! ("a revelation") Saturday

John Cudia, Ashley Brown and cast in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Oklahoma"
Credit Dan Rest, courtesy Lyric Opera of Chicago

The waving wheat will sure sound sweet when the Lyric Opera of Chicago performs Oklahoma! Saturday at noon. One critic calls the production "a joyous revelation, establishing beyond a doubt that Oklahoma! deserves this sort of stature and venue....  the score is is rich and lovely in its deceptively simple, thoroughly American-bred melodies. The beauty of the voices singing them is soon foretold when John Cudia begins 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’' in a baritone that one can’t get enough of...." Hear it for yourself on IPR Classical!

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7:59 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Hear Ax in Schumann and Haydn

Emmanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma after a concert
Credit Penn State News via flickr.com

Why is Yo-Yo Ma pointing to his recital buddy, Emmanuel Ax? Find out why Ax is IT this afternoon when Barney Sherman plays his new recording of Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, and again at 7PM, when Ax performs a Haydn concerto with the New York Philharmonic. As you'll hear, no pianist plays Schumann and Haydn better. Also on the New York Philharmonic program: Christopher Rouse's Symphony no. 3 (his take on Prokofiev), and music director Alan Gilbert's symphonic synthesis of music from Wagner's Ring Cycle.

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Classical
10:19 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Hear Staatskapelle "Mesmerize" at Carnegie

The Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann
Credit copyright Matthias Creutziger, courtesy staatskapelle-dresden.de

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the glorious Staatskapelle Dresden's recent Carnegie Hall appearance with their new music director, Christian Thielemann. The critics called their performance of Bruckner's  magnum opus, his Eighth Symphony, "mesmerizing" and "rapturous." Hear it for yourself on tonight's SymphonyCast.

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Classical
10:02 am
Thu July 4, 2013

July 4th Classical Extraganza All Day

Fourth of July fireworks
Credit mdurwin2 on flickr.com

Hankering for the best in Independence Day classical music? Tune in to IPR's Classical stream. You'll hear favorites (and new delights) throughout the day, and on Performance Today at 5 PM (including "Shenandoah" sung by the St. Olaf Choir) and then a concert by the New York Philharmonic with a special guest appearance by the Jazz Knights from the West Point Band.

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Classical
7:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Live from DM, It's Yankee Doodle Pops!

Maestro Joseph Giunta directs the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at the Yankee Doodle Pops concert.
Credit Christopher Maharry, courtesy Des Moines Symphony

Join us at 8 PM on Wednesday, July 3rd for this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert - LIVE from Des Moines!   Jared McCarty, winner of the symphony’s “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest, will kick off the concert at 8:30 with the Star Spangled Banner. The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta will continue with favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard.

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Classical
10:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaham in Mendelssohn, "Butterfly"

Gil Shaham, the Israel-born, Illinois-raised violin master.
Credit gilshaham.com

Tune in this afternoon and evening to hear the glorious Gil Shaham on record and in concert. The Israel-born, Illinois-bred violinist leads the International Sejong Soloists in Mendelssohn's Octet - surely the greatest work ever written by a 16 year old - on Barney Sherman's show. Then, on Performance Today, he plays the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, written in China in 1959.  When a friend introduced him to the work a few years ago, his friend burst into tears because the music was so emotional.  Hear Shaham play it, and see if it moves you, too.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for July 7 and July 8, 2013

Guest Pianist Joyce Yang
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony – Grieg Piano Concerto & Mahler 5

Joseph Giunta, music director
Joyce Yang, guest pianist

SIBELIUS                             Finlandia
GRIEG                                   Piano Concerto
MAHLER                              Symphony No. 5                       

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Classical
9:43 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Orchestra Iowa Premieres Daugherty

Detail of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood.
Credit wikipedia (Google Art Project)

Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 pm for the premiere of "American Gothic," composed for Orchestra Iowa by the multiple-Grammy winning Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty. It's inspired by the art of Grant Wood, who spent most of his life in Iowa. Also on the broadcast is Dvorak's 7th Symphony and music of Rachmaninov. Music director Tim Hankewich conducts.

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8:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Rigoletto from Lyric, Saturday at Noon

Rigoletto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Giuseppe Filianoti is "the pre-eminent lyric tenor of his generation"; Željko Lučić has triumphed around the world in Verdi. Hear their interpretations of the jester-capped glory of the Verdi repertoire, Rigoletto, this Saturday. Of course, the treacherous triangle at Rigoletto’s core requires a heartrending soprano, and Lyric has one: the Uzbekistan-born, Tchaikovsky Gold Medal-winning Albina Shagimuratova, making her Lyric debut. 

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8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus in Carnegie, Today at 5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Thursday's Performance Today also brings us other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Classical
8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus CO in Carnegie, Thurs @5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Also on Thursday's Performance Today are other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for June 30 and July 1, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Orchestra Iowa – American Gothic
 

Timothy Hankewich, music director


RACHMANINOV                 The Rock
DAUGHERTY                      American Gothic (World Premiere)
DVORAK                              Symphony No. 7

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Classical
9:31 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Hear Jamie Barton, new "Singer of the World"

American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who yesterday was crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Congratulations, Jamie!
Credit jamiebartonmezzo.com

Tune in this afternoon to hear a sample of the art of Jamie Barton - the Georgia farm girl who yesterday won the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World crown.

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Classical
3:04 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

"Rite of Spring," "Pictures" by Quad City SO

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra in concert.
Credit Quad City Symphony Orchestra Facebook page

2013 was the 100th anniversary of the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Join us Monday at 7 PM to hear the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform it, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, led by music director Mark Russell Smith. The concert was recorded at the Adler Theater in Davenport and is part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.

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5:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon

Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser and James Morris as Hans Sachs in Lyric Opera’s production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”
Credit Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tune in Saturday for Wagner's comic masterpiece, "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," in a production featuring some master singers, including Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, Johann Botha as Walther, and the illustrious Wagnerian James Morris as Sachs (one of his signature roles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production is conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis.

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5:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Grimaud's Great Beethoven, Friday Afternoon

Helene Grimaud, pianist and wolf conservationist.
Credit Credit: Robert Schultze/ Mat Hennek/ DG from imgartists.com

When Hélène Grimaud isn't playing the piano, her passion is the wolf conservancy she co-founded. It liberated her, she writes: after conceiving of it, "I had become a wild woman." That wildness may be part of what make Grimaud a great Beethoven interpreter. Hear her in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5, (known as "The Emperor") Friday afternoon on Barney Sherman's program.

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10:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today

Viktoria Mullova receiving the Gold Medal from Leonid Kogan at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Credit viktoriamullova.com

1982: Viktoria Mullova is the USSR's violin sensation, winning the gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition. I983: she puts her state-owned Stradivarius on her hotel bed in Finland, dons a blonde wig to fool her KGB minders, and escapes to Sweden. Since then, she's been on of the supreme violinists - and she regularly crosses artistic borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Hear one of the concertos - a reconstruction recorded for the first time - on Barney Sherman's program at around 3 this afternoon.

  

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3:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Concertgebouw Beethoven: Kleiber & more

Ludwig van Beethoven painted in 1823 (when he was 53 years old)
Credit public domain

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the legendary Carlos Kleiber conducting one of his signature works, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony live in concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The broadcast features other Concertgebouw legends in this composer: Eduard van Beinum, Mariss Jansons, Rafael Kubelik, and Riccardo Chailly each conducting one movement of the Second Symphony, and Mitsuko Uchida, Claudio Arrau, and Murray Perahia each playing one movement of the Third Piano Concerto.

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10:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM

Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten after a concert, November 1, 1964 (RIA Novosti archive, image #25562)
Credit Mikhail Ozerskiy on wikipedia commons

They seemed  opposite: Mstislav Rostropovich, the fiery Soviet cellist, Benjamin Britten  the cool-tempered English composer. But they shared uncompromising convictions about social issues and musical genius. On Wednesday's Performance Today Coleman Itzkoff, - PT"s Young Artist in Residence - brings to life music that Britten wrote for Rostropovich.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for June 23 and Juner 24, 2013

Director Mark Russell Smith
Credit Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Mark Russell Smith, music director

Maestro Mark Russell Smith leads the Quad City Symphony in a program from their 2012-2013 season. Founded in 1915 as the Tri-City Symphony, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra celebrates 98 years.

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7:42 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Vasks Premiere, Mozart from LA/ Dudamel

Latvian composer Peteris Vasks
Credit wikipedia

"Ethereal, it glitters like stars millions of light-years away" - that's Distant Light, by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Tune in Tuesday at 7 PM to hear the world premiere by the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Gustavo Dudamel. Also on the program is Mozart's Posthorn Serenade and Marriage of Figaro overture.

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3:35 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Dubuque a la Russe: Symphonies of Iowa

Romania-born pianist and composer Eugene Alcalay.
Credit Eugene Alcalay's web page.

Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in a program of Russian Romantics. Tchaikovsky's glorious Piano Concerto no. 1 features Romania-born guest artist Eugene Alcalay, who was praised by Leonard Bernstein for his “outstanding talent as both a performer and composer." The orchestra, led by music director William Intriligator, also performs Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and Capriccio Espagnol.

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10:07 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cliburn Winner Kholodenko Tonight at 5

Yadym Kholodenko, right, 26, of Ukraine, is congratulated by jury members Menahem Pressler, left, and Andrea Bonatta, center, after winning the Gold Medal in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Sunday.
Credit Photo by Carolyn Cruz/The Cliburn

Tune in tonight at 5 PM to hear the sensational pianist Vadym Kholodenko - who triumphed this week at the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas - in his victory performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 21 (the one with the beautiful "Elvira Madigan" slow movement). Leonard Slatkin conducts the Fort Worth Symphony. Also on the program is another highly acclaimed young pianist, Conrad Tao, performing one of his own compositions.

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10:37 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Netrebko, Calleja Shine in Lyric's Boheme

Joseph Lim, Andrea Silvestrelli, Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, and Lucas Meachem in “La Boheme" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Anna Netrebko as Mimi, Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo,  Elizabeth Futral as Musetta -  you can't find a better cast for La Boheme today than the one we'll broadcast Saturday at noon from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Critic Lawrence Johnson praised  Netrebko's "gleaming vocalism, dramatic acuity, and personality-plus stage charisma," and found Calleja to be "on an equally inspired level."

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9:24 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Marsalis and NY Phil Thursday at 7 PM

Wynton Marsalis at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) Seventh Annual Jazz Festival in West Orange, NJ
Credit public domain/ wikipedia

Tune in Thursday to hear the New York Philharmonic perform Copland, Stravinsky, Shostakovich - and Marsalis. Jazz-influenced works by Aaron (the  Clarinet Concerto), Igor (Ragtime) and Dmitri (Tahiti Trot) precede the Symphony no. 3 (Swing Symphony) by Wynton, who brings his Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra along to join Alan Gilbert and the orchestra.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for June 16 and June 17, 2013

Featured Artist Eugene Alcalay
Credit Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra – Classics 5 Russia’s Greatest

William Intriligator, conductor
Eugene Alcalay, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY        Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 in B-flat Minor

BORODIN         Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV     Russian Easter
                                                   Festival Overture, Op. 36

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV    Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

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8:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Sudbin, Vanska rock Beethoven, Sibelius

Russian pianist Yegveny Sudbin
Credit Clive Barda, courtesy of yevgenysudbin.com

Tune in tonight at 7PM to hear Yevgeny Sudbin - at 32 "hailed as potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century"- perform Beethoven's Third Concerto with musicians famed for Beethoven, the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vanska. Then Vanska conducts a work he's famed for, the Second Symphony of his fellow Finn, Jean Sibelius. Opening this concert is a new work by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The concert comes to us via SymphonyCast.

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2:37 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Holst's "Planets" Reimagined by WCFSO

Our solar system
Credit zen at flickr.com

Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Jason Weinberger in "The Planets Reimagined" - Holst's masterpiece along with a new rendering by artist Garry Kelley. The concert was recorded on April 27 as part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.

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7:18 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

OperaX2 Saturday: Elektra, Hansel&Gretel

Maria Kanyova and Elizabeth DeShong as Hansel and Gretel in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Unhappy childhoods are each unhappy in their own way. For Hansel and Gretel, things look grim but turn out sweet; for Elektra... not so much. Hear both stories in great German operas this Saturday from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss's Elektra, with Christine Goerke in the title role, and Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, with Elizabeth DeShong and Maria Kanyova as the siblings and Jill Grove as the witch.

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