Classical

Cheryl Gorski

Acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” JoAnn Falletta is a much-sought guest conductor and a vibrant presence on the podium. This energetic concert opens with Brahms’s lively Academic Festival Overture. Next, the virtuosic Oasis Quartet plays Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso, a masterpiece for four saxophones and orchestra. Finally, Bruckner’s monumental Fourth Symphony, his “cathedral of sound,” will take your breath away with its blazing power and majesty. Tune in Sunday, March 26th at 4 p.m.

Monika Rittershaus / per OTRS - Pressestelle der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker

At 4 PM Sunday or 7 PM Monday, tune in for a Carnegie Hall concert of Beethoven's 4th and 6th ("Pastoral") Symphonies by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. After 16 years as principal conductor in Berlin, Rattle is heading home next year to the UK for a new post with the London Symphony Orchestra. But first he and the Berlin wanted to do the Beethoven cycle, and here's a chance to hear part of it in concert!

Lou Brutus at Wikipedia

Just how much is classical music about classics? According to the 2016 Mega-Meta-List, about 80%. Yes, I'm joking when I answer a complex, subjective question with a number (trust me, it was funny in Douglas Adams), but quantifying the unmeasurable is sort of what the meta-list project does.

Keaton Scovel

Iowa flutist, conductor, and composer Harvey Sollberger received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association in 2015, as well as a funding grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for a recording and tour featuring work created over six decades of composing music in Iowa. The IWO Flute Quartet (named after the members' home states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) honors his achievements by performing his works on this performance live from IPR’s Studio One!

Rachel Bearinger

Please note this Performance Iowa broadcast will not air in March as originally scheduled. We will reschedule the broadcast. Please check this website for updates, and follow Iowa Public Radio on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

wcfsymphony.org

The wcfsymphony brass section is taking over this week’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 12th and Monday March 13th! Bask in the glorious sound of brass and organ with the wcfsymphony brass choir and guest organist Nathaniel Parrish in this special concert. Tune in Sunday, March 12th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 13th at 7 p.m. for IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!

PROGRAM

DUKAS – La Péri, Fanfare

MARCELLO – Estro poetico-armonico: Psalm 18

STRAUSS – Feierlicher Einzug

city_of_dis, Wikimedia Commons

For this year's classical mega-meta-list, I found 70 "best classical of the year" lists from 27 countries,  entered them into a spreadsheet, and hit "sort." A few albums soared to the top, and in Part 1 I celebrated tho

Since 2014, I've collected every best-classical-releases-of-the-year lists I could find online, entered their choices into a spreadsheet, hit "sort," and published the results as a "mega-meta-list" (with a tip of the hat to econoblogger Tyler Cowen, whose "Fanfare Meta-List" gave me the idea in the first place). This year, I found more sources than ever, a total of 70, since Google Translate let me use lists from 10 languages other than English.

Marco Borggreve / Lynn Goldsmith

Great Russian composers are taking over this week’s Symphonies of Iowa! The Des Moines Symphony’s guest pianist Lise de la Salle is one of classical music’s most exciting young artists. Experience the thrill of hearing Rachmaninoff’s glorious, lyrical Second Piano Concerto performed by this rising star. This all-Russian program concludes with Borodin’s exhilarating Polovtsian Dances, but first, you’ll hear two contrasting portrayals of Romeo & Juliet.

Roger Thomas

While spring remains elusive, the March Iowa Arts Showcase supplies plenty of events to help you survive the final days of winter. Listen this Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for:

·         Conductor of The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar, sharing details about their upcoming performance at Stephens Auditorium in Ames

·         IPR’s Mark Simmet talking with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips about his art exhibit at the Waterloo Center for the Arts

wcfsymphony.org

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

Tune in Saturday at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. for a special Performance Iowa featuring UNI musicians performing in our studio to honor 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.

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.

Michael Daugherty at http://michaeldaugherty.net

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

Visions Photography

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.

DMSO

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.

CROT

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.

Visions Photography

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.

courtesy of GBPAC

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.

Orchestra Iowa

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!

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