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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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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).


Join us Friday at 7PM as the LA Philharmonic and their brilliant young Venezuelan music director Gustavo Dudamel return to our airwaves with a new season of concert broadcasts. The opening concert includes Ravel's heartrendingly beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess, Stravinsky's riotously revolutionary Rite of Spring, and the premiere of a symphony by the noted American composer Steven Stucky, written for the occasion.


Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the New York Philharmonic play Dmitri Shostakovich. American cello master Lynn Harrell is the soloist in the First Cello Concerto, and Russian conductor Andrei Boreyko leads the Fourth Symphony.

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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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If you heard Gabriel Kahane in IPR's Studio One last year, you can hear his musician dad Jeffrey on Performance Today at 5 PM. He performs Bach with Hilary Hahn, Mozart with the New York Philharmonic (he plays the piano solo and conducts as well), and Kenneth Frazelle's "Fiddler's Galaxy" with Joseph Swensen. The program also features violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff, and pianist Ingrid Fliter.

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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.

Join us tonight to hear Hunter Capoccioni perform the Double-Bass Concerto written for him by the noted composer John Harbison. The International Society of Bassists commissioned  the piece for Hunter in memory of his late father.  Hunter is director of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival  and a UNI faculty artist. Also on the program are selections from Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito and from Samuel Barber's ballet Medea. Jason Weinberger conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.

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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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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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Tune in Tuesday at 7 as Mariss Jansons leads his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony no. 2, the "Resurrection." One critic called it "quite astonishing" and "one of the best concerts I have attended." (Another wrote that it drove to "an overwhelming conclusion." Also on the broadcast: Andras Schiff performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 2.


Join us  Monday 7 PM as the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform a sonata for two violins by French Baroque composer Jean-Marie LeClair, a string trio by Luigi Boccherini, and the String Quintet no. 2 of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn, often described as the greatest prodigy in the history of music, wrote a radiant Quintet in his teens, then returned to the medium near the end of his life, producing the work featured in this broadcast. It is darker and more passionately intense than its predecessor. Hear it on this encore broadcast of Symphonies of Iowa, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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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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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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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Please join Iowa Public Radio on Monday, September 16, at 7 p.m. for an encore broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Player's Third Concert . 

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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.

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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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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Two of Iowa's finest orchestra will perform outdoors this weekend, and IPR takes you there.  At RiverLoop Ampitheatre in Waterloo at 7:30 tonight, you can hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and a pair of Slavonic Dances (Jason Weinberger tells Barney Sherman about it in the first clip below). Then, Sunday night at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa performs an all-Russian program - Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky - to be broadcast live as part of IPR's Performance Iowa series.


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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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.

This week and next week on University Concert, we'll be airing a concert by the Ames Piano Quartet, recorded live in April of 2012.  It was the quartet's last performance under that name (they are now called the Amara Piano Quartet, and the last time they performed with their previous lineup: violinist Mahlon Darlington, violist Jonathan Sturm, cellist George Work, and pianist William David.  This week, we'll hear music by Brahms, Bridge, Dvorak, and more.


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).

Internationally-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for performances of Liszt’s first and second piano concertos in an encore broadcast on Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Nakamatsu, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, has performed at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, the Beijing International Piano Festival and with jazz pianist David Benoit at the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. 

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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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Tune in Monday at 7 PM as the Cedar Valley Chamber Festival, Iowa-born soprano Karen Holvik, and Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony join forces for a concert of chamber delights.


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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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.


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.