Classical

Last September, concert violinist Jennifer Frautschi performed in Des Moines with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. As the Chicago Tribune noted, "violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities." Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.

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Stephens Auditorium and the Ames International Orchestra Foundation (AIOFA) proudly welcome back the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. Founded as a small radio orchestra in 1926, ENSO has since grown to 100 musicians performing more than 60 concerts each year with a repertoire ranging from baroque music to premieres of contemporary works. They enjoy increasing acclaim for their Grammy award-winning recordings and festival appearances in Scandinavia, Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Nick Kaizer

The Russian-based collective Moscow Festival Ballet presents Giselle at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University on Thursday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.! In the ballet, a peasant girl named Giselle dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. A group of supernatural women, who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

We regret to inform listeners that due to circumstances beyond our control, this broadcast has been postponed until further notice. We will update the schedule with a new broadcast date when it has been  determined. Be sure to tune in next week for the wcfsymphony's "Project TRIO" concert!

Symphonies of Iowa is back for the New Year! You won’t want to miss our 2018 season debut, featuring the Des Moines Symphony’s “Invitation to the Dance” concert.

Rob Merritt

This Sunday, January 21st, IPR will be broadcasting the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot” at 2:00 p.m. The cast features Andrew McLaughlin, Nicholas Nestorak, Max Zander, Stephen Swanson, Alicia Jayourba, Jesse Donner, Tad Ennen, Rebecca Nash, Dustin Peterson, Christina Adams, Chloe Moore, and Ta’u Pupu’a. You can see the opera live at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids on Friday, January 19th at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, January 21st at 2:00 p.m., or listen live with us on IPR Classical. Don’t miss it!

The University of Northern Iowa Opera’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel will be on stage at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 28th at 2 p.m. Graduate voice students Megan Grey and Emily Secor star as Hansel and Gretel in this fully-staged production.

Due to inclement weather Thursday, this event regretfully had to be cancelled.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performances of Puccini’s Turandot will be held on Friday, January 19th at 7:30 and again on Sunday, January 21st at 2 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. Internationally acclaimed Australian Soprano Rebecca Nash stars in the title role and former NFL football player and CROT returning tenor, Ta’u Pupu’a captures the heart and soul of Prince Calaf.

 

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IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special New Year’s Day broadcast from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa is celebrating 10 years of Brucemore concerts with “Brucemorechestra X.”

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The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is housing a two-gallery exhibition of the works of the illustrious sculptor Malvina Hoffman. From her early bust of her father Richard to her famous commission from Chicago’s Field Museum to create their “Hall of Man,” Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey traces Hoffman’s artistic roots from her teenage creations through apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin and into her arrival as an independent and gifted artist.

Irma René Koen was a true Renaissance woman of the arts, who was certainly ahead of her time. She was born in Rock Island, IL, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with prominent landscape painter Charles Francis Browne and with leading Danish-American portraitist John Christen Johansen. Irma’s talents and interests extended beyond painting over the course of her lifetime. In her youth, she danced in theatrical benefits and was an accomplished cellist. After moving to Mexico permanently in 1944, Irma continued painting and traveling.

Though coffee consumption was illegal in much of Germany during his lifetime, the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was a known frequenter of Leipzig’s many coffee houses. His famously exuberant personality could have easily been attributed to his avid coffee drinking. So enthusiastic was he about the beverage that he composed a secular cantata about it entitled “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering)” better known as the Coffee Cantata.

Ring in the holiday season with Orchestra Iowa’s 2016 “Holiday Spectacular” concert! The festive program includes holiday favorites and works by Rutter, John Williams, Leroy Anderson, and more!

Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic is second only to the Mona Lisa in terms of significance. The Iowan artist was extremely appreciative of Midwest traditions and culture, which he celebrated in 1930 through American Gothic and many other works. The painting is often understood as a satirical comment on the Midwestern character, and is now firmly fixated in the nation’s pop culture. Yet Wood intended it to be a positive statement about rural American values and an image of reassurance at a time of great dislocation and disillusionment.

Rachel Bearinger

Matthew Coley’s marimba music is taking over IPR’s Studio One on Wednesday, December 6th at noon! IPR’s Performance Iowa is excited to bring you the Heartland Marimba Festival’s Matthew Coley performing holiday favorites as well as impressive arrangements of Preludes and Fugues from Book Two of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Tune in on Wednesday, December 6th at noon for this magical live Studio One Performance Iowa broadcast!

One of the world’s most celebrated violinists hails from our own state of Iowa.

Robert Zimansky received his first instruction from John Ferrell at the University of Iowa. He continued his studies with Sally Thomas and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York. In 1972, Zimansky packed up his violin and moved to Europe, where he became first concertmaster in Spoleto, Munich, Stuttgart, the Lucerne Festival and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.

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Concert pianist and respected educator, Georgian native Dr. Vakhtang Kodanashvili joined UNI instructor of piano ranks this fall. Vakhtang and his UNI colleague and concert pianist Sean Botkin will fill us in on UNI’s December 2nd Keyboard Festival. Vakhtang will make his IPR Studio One debut performing works by Rachmaninoff on IPR’s Performance Iowa on Tuesday, November 28th at noon. Sean and Vakhtang will come together at the piano to perform Rachmaninoff's Six Pieces, Op. 11. Dr.

Many years ago, the Persian King Shahryar was betrayed by his wife. In anger, he vowed to marry a new woman each day and have the previous one beheaded, so that she would have no chance of being unfaithful to him. A man of his word, he executed 1,000 women before being visited by the young Scheherazade.

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Four world-class vocalists, four choirs, and Orchestra Iowa performing Beethoven’s glorious 9th Symphony. Don’t miss a note as IPR brings you Brucemorchestra X on Thanksgiving Day!

In 1830, a young musician named Robert Schumann started studying piano in Leipzig with the well-known teacher, Friedrich Wieck, and moved into a room in his teacher’s house. Wieck’s 11-year-old daughter, Clara, was a gifted pianist and composer who was already giving concerts. The 20-year-old Robert became infatuated with her over time, and after intense opposition and legal battles with Clara’s father, the two were married in 1840 just before her 21st birthday.

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Iowa Public Radio recaptures the patriotic spirit of the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert to air on Veteran’s Day.

The Des Moines Symphony along with guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra.

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Composer Zoltán Kodály was one of the world’s first ethnomusicologists. In 1905, he trekked across Hungary to secluded villages to collect folk songs sung by the villagers who lived there. He recorded them on an Edison phonograph, and as a result, preserved an entire culture. He then became fast friends with fellow composer Béla Bartók and shared his methods of song collection with him. The two set out on more musical road trips together, and were lifelong champions of each other’s music.

Rob Merrit

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci double bill will polish off IPR’s Opera in October series. The Cavalleria rusticana cast features Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza) of Sigourney, Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia) of Cedar Rapids, and Teresa Buchholz (Lola) of Elkader. Tenor Chris Carr of Quasqueton performs as Beppe in Pagliacci.

In the late-Romantic musical world, Wagner’s works dominated concert stages. His numerous operas exhibited a distinctly “German sound” and featured Aryan characters in their lead roles. French composer Erik Satie was one of the first to call for a change for music of the time period. He issued a challenge for a French approach to music, “without sauerkraut!” inspiring the French Six (Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, and Germaine Tailleferre) as well as Maurice Ravel.

Lisa Bergmann-Smithey

Gilbert and Sullivan steamed across the Atlantic from England to the United States to present their world premiere of the Pirates of Penzance. The pirates in the show weren’t the only pirates that the duo were concerned about. Copyright was at the top of their list. At the time, American law offered no copyright protection to foreigners. Gilbert and Sullivan’s previous opera achieved great success in London, and was immediately swept up by 150 American companies for unauthorized productions that paid no royalties to the creators.

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Have you ever had a love song written for you by a significant other? Hector Berlioz wrote his Symphonie fantastique to depict “the life of an artist” after he had fallen instantly and wildly in love with actress Harriet Smithson while seeing her in a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in London. But the piece is far from a crooning ballad.

Duane Tinkey

One of opera’s most strikingly theatrical and grandly scaled masterpieces, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted young sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. From rollicking sea shanties to bombastic choral episodes, Britten’s searing opera roars to life in a spectacular new production featuring baritone Craig Verm in the title role. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted by English novelist E.M. Forster, Billy Budd transforms a British “man o’ war” into a crucible for human faith and error.

Rodger Thomas

Jazz and classical artist, Branford Marsalis, of the famed Marsalis musical family, has established a career as a performer of international renown, equally at home in both concert halls and jazz clubs. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands.

Duane Tinkey

“A summer night smiles three times," Madame Armfeldt tells her granddaughter. "On the young, the fools, and the old.” Sondheim’s tour de force musical comedy whisks us away for a weekend in the country where old flames rekindle and new love affairs ignite. The signature song "Send in the Clowns" along with elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet creation. Sondheim’s masterpiece won six Tony awards including best musical, script, and score.

Duane Tinkey

The Des Moines Metro Opera opens Iowa Public Radio’s 2017 Opera in October series with performances from their 45th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Puccini’s Turandot on Saturday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m.

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