The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, led by music director Jason Weinberger, joins forces with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival to bring audiences an eclectic array of American chamber music. Opening the concert is Walter Piston’s Divertimento, written for nine instruments and commissioned by the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1946. John Harbison’s North and South is a cycle of six settings of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, scored for mezzo-soprano, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass.

Pianist Rika Uchida, with soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller, recorded on the Drake University campus on March 23, 2011.

Orchestra Iowa triumphantly returns to the newly refurbished Paramount Theatre following the devastating flood of 2008. In this concert, Orchestra Iowa presents the orchestral suite from the romantically poignant opera, Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Der Rosenkavalier was an instant success following its Dresden premiere in January of 1911. The orchestra continues with Gunther Schuller’s most popular work, Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee.

A recital by pianist Nicholas Roth, recorded in November 2012.

The Des Moines Symphony, led by Maestro Joseph Giunta, performs Paul Dukas’ programmatic scherzo, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on a ballad by the German poet Goethe. Guest artist Benny Kim joins the orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto. The concert closes with Berlioz’s monumental and programmatic  Symphonie Fantastique.

(Concert recorded Oct. 27 and 28, 2012)

The ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Golemo, recorded on April 27, 2012.

This month, Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase includes Trio 826 who will be performing in the Castle Room at Wartburg College on March 10, 2013.  This magnificent trio is comprised of three good friends Julia Bullard, Susanna Klein, and Hannah Holman who all wanted to explore new and old classical music.

The Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, with trombone soloist Grady McGrannahan, recorded on October 9, 2012.

Curt Snook’s 11 a.m. hour show brings together Iowa State University’s associate professor of music Mary Creswell and Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Hallbloom to discuss ISU’s November performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.They’ll chat about the show and collaboration between the ISU Opera Studio, ISU Theatre, and ISU Chamber Orchestra.

During Curt Snook’s noon hour show, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Joseph Giunta joins Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Hallbloom to discuss the DMSO’s upcoming Symphonie Fantastique performance on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Maestro Giunta will share about their program including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor by Bruch, and Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

During Curt Snook’s 11 a.m. hour show, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra’s director Jason Weinberger joins Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the WCFSO’s upcoming Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto performance on Saturday, Oct. 27. Dror Biran, one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists will also appear as a guest performer for the concert.

Stay with Curt Snook’s show, during the 11 a.m. hour as the Des Moines Symphony’s Maestro Joseph Giunta joins IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom by phone to talk about the orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Season Debut: Scheherazade and Nomade to be held on September 29th and 30th at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Maestro Giunta will chat about their world premiere of a newly-commissioned piece by Steve Heitzeg for this occasion called a Symphony In Sculpture.

During Curt Snook’s program in the 11 a.m. hour, Jason Weinberger, director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Indie singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, join IPR’s Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the WCFSO’s opening performance of the season on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Kahane singing and performing on guitar and piano with the orchestra his 2012 work called Crane Palimpsest for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra. They discuss Purcell’s incidental music to the Fairy Queen and Beethoven’s famous Pastoral Symphony.

Faculty Artist and University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano, Sean Botkin, will make an appearance during the 3 o’clock hour to chat with Jacqueline about his recent debut at Ravinia performing the Rachmaninoff 4th Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Mr.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews Randal K. West, Executive and Artistic Director of Way Off Broadway, Iowa's only professional musical theatre company.

Tune in during the 2 o'clock hour as Jacqueline interviews Maestro Joseph Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, about the DMSO's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops performance on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Nicholas Renkoski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Renkoski will discuss the opening performances of the DMMO's summer season, including the premiere of Don Giovanni on Friday, June 22, and Puccini's La Rondine, which will premiere on Saturday, June 23.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock for an exclusive in-studio preview performance of Robert Lindsey-Nassif's new opera, Frankenboy: A Monsteropera. Composed for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Frankenboy is a one-act opera that presents an anti-bullying message aimed at young audiences.

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Michael Mayes, baritone. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Mr. Mayes has performed with opera companies across the United States including Madison Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera.

Maestro Joe Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the DMSO's third annual "Oh Say, Can You Sing?" competition.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour for an interview with Kristine McIntyre, stage director of the Des Moines Metro Opera's 2012 production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s senior music producer Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o’clock hour for an interview with the Artistic Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, Michael Egel. Mr. Egel will discuss details about the DMMO’s Fortieth Anniversary Season running between June 22nd to July 15th.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews pianist Barry Douglas regarding his upcoming performance with the Des Moines Symphony. A Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Douglas will be featured on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the DMSO's Season Finale concert, scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2012.

Maestro Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the final concert of the DMSO's 2011-2012 season.

University of Northern Iowa faculty artist Hunter Capoccioni, double bass, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss his upcoming involvement in Music to Commemorate the Passover Season and the Holocaust.

During the 2 o’clock hour, Jacqueline will be speaking by phone with cellist Emanuel Wehse, a member of the Morgenstern Trio. The Morgenstern Trio is appearing in concert on Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Great Hall of the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The Trio will perform Debussy’s Piano Trio in G, Mozart’s Trio for Piano, Violin, Cello, K. 564, and Smetana’s Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15.

The University of Northern Iowa’s Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Dr. Stephen Gaies will join Jacqueline during the 2 o’clock hour to talk about his collaboration with the Jewish

Professor Emeritus of Grand View University Robert M. Speed joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the Alice Jordan memorial concert, to be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Music Director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Jason Weinberger stops by the studio during the 2 p.m. hour to discuss the WCFSO's performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Maestro Intrilligator, music director of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the DSO's season finale on April 14 and 15, 2012.