Classical

Alessandra Tinozzi

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Capriccio Espagnol & Beethoven’s Pastoral” concert. The program includes Elena Urioste’s Des Moines Symphony debut with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

Steve Jurvetson

February brings more than just Valentine’s Day this year, with a medley of arts events across the state. This month’s edition features:

•                    Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, filling us in on the upcoming Bobby McFerrin concert and their plans to move into their new performing arts center.          

•                    Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, providing the inside scoop on several exhibits coming to the museum this month.

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When critics chose their favorite classical disks of 2015, they mentioned hundreds of albums at least once, several more than once, and a select few way more than that.  To get the details, my annual "mega-meta-list" tallied 67 best-of-year lists, which included over 160 writers from around the world.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Water Music” concert. The concert includes the world premiere of Jerome Margolis’ Rivers Run Free as well as Handel’s iconic Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

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If you could use an extra Wade Goodwyn fix - or just want to hear an American orchestra that is thrilling critics worldwide - join us Wednesday nights at 7 for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert. The orchestra's extraordinary music director, Dutchman Jaap van Zweden, kicks off the series tonight with Mahler's First Symphony (including the extra "Flowers" movement), preceded by Ravel's sparkling, soulful Piano Concerto played the noted French-Sephardic pianist Helene Grimaud. And NPR's Dallas correspondent, Wade Goodwyn, hosts the weekly broadcasts. Tune in!

This broadcast of Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa's National Romance concert. The performance features three iconic works from the late romantic era and early 20th century, each of which defines the style of music in their nation. 

Today's output of classical albums is (pardon me while I scribble on the back of an envelope) something like triple what it was a generation ago.

IPR/Tony Dehner

Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One presented a sneak peek on Tuesday January 12th of the upcoming Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s weekend performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Tune in on Sunday, January 17th at 2 p.m. for a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performing Verdi’s La Traviata from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa will accompany the talented cast, including Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. The performance is conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht and directed by James Marvel. Join us for a live broadcast of the CROT’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata!

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Tune in on Sunday, January 17th at 2 p.m. for a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performing Verdi’s La Traviata from the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa will accompany the talented cast, including Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. The performance is conducted by Daniel Kleinknecht and directed by James Marvel. Join us for a live broadcast of the CROT’s production of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata!

Andrea Joynt

IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa is back for the New Year! The season kicks off with the Des Moines Symphony presenting their season debut concert under Joseph Giunta with the dazzling Natasha Paremski at the keyboard. Paremski gives us a breathtaking performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, January 12th for several sneak peek selections from the CROT’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. The CROT’s principal cast features Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. Other members include Eric Ferring as Gastone, Erin Bryan as Annina, and Loralee Songer as Flora. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their upcoming Paramount Theatre performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, January 12th for several sneak peek selections from the CROT’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. The CROT’s principal cast features Danielle Talamantes as Violetta, Jason Slayden as Alfredo, and Stephen Gaertner as Germont. Other members include Eric Ferring as Gastone, Erin Bryan as Annina, and Loralee Songer as Flora. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their upcoming Paramount Theatre performances of Verdi’s La Traviata.

Luther College

Our holiday offerings continue throughout Christmas Day with lovely specials from St. Olaf, the Rose Ensemble, Chanticleer, the Christmas Revels, Christmas at Luther, and a live performance of Handel's Messiah. Here's a complete list for Dec. 25th:

IPR Classical's holiday programming continues December 24th with specials that will add joy to your day.  (There's more to come on the 25th; we'll post those tomorrow.) Highlights include A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from the UK, the Spelman-Morehouse Christmas concert from Atlanta, the wfcsymphony from Cedar Falls, Amahl and the Night Visitors from Des Moines, Christmas at Luther, Doug Brown's classic reading of A Christmas Carol, and more. Here's the complete schedule:

So many exceptional classical albums came out in 2015 that reducing them to a "Top 10" came to seem counterproductive - and part of the solution was recognizing that Iowa-related classical musicians deserved a page of their own. Here it is! (The other part was to not limit myself to 10 - here's a link to what I came up with from outside of Iowa.) Below are 2015 releases by musicians who either live in Iowa or were trained here.

Every day, IPR’s sound-engineer extraordinaire Phil Maass solves knotty problems that demand thinking outside the box. So it's not surprising that when I was trying to whittle down my list of classical releases for Charity Nebbe’s year-end show, it was Phil who came up with the fix. Why, he asked, does it need to be the Top 10? Why not 15 or 17 or whatever number it comes out to? [UPDATE: I stopped at 21... see below.]

Danny Wells

Ring in 2016 with Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase! Our January edition features:

·         Mitra Sadeghpour and Korey Barret revealing details about UNI Opera Theater’s production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah

·         Daniel Kleinknecht, delving into the Cedar Rapid’s Opera Theater’s January production of Verdi’s La Traviata

·         The Des Moines Metro Opera collaborating with the Des Moines Art Center on a performance of a staged multimedia production of Schubert’s Winterreise

wcfsymphony

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa broadcast of the wcfsymphony’s 2015 Family Holiday concert showcases a performance of the wcfsymphony’s 2015 Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner. Contest winner, violinist Jonathan Wolf, is a senior at Gilbert High School. He will present Pablo de Sarasate’s fiery Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 with the orchestra. The program includes Howard Blake’s soundtrack to the film classic, The Snowman with soloist Philip Boesen. The orchestra shares the stage with the UNI Children’s Choir to perform seasonal favorites.

"Gallen-Kallela Symposium" by Akseli Gallen-Kallela - http://www.sibelius.fi/english/kuvituskuvat/080803/symposium.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gallen-Kallela_Symposium.jpg#/media/File:Gallen-Kall

  Jean Sibelius was a father figure not only for Finnish music but for Finland's emergence as an independent nation. His music, with its references to Finnish lore and its awe at the power of nature, was considered old-fashioned by some in the mid 20th century - but today sounds especially relevant to many of our leading composer (and music lovers!).

Barney Sherman

Violinist Sarah Plum won a gold medal at the International Stulberg Competion (other medalists have included Joshua Bell and Jennifer Koh) and went on to become a great violinist - but less renowned than she deserves to be, because she usually focuses on new music, including a CD this year of two concertos composed for her.  But she also can play Vivaldi and Beethoven like a god, as she's de

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Sunday, Suzanne Bona - host of Sunday Baroque - will join Barney Sherman on IPR Classical for a year-end pledge special. Suzanne will be heard as usual from 8AM; Barney will take over at 11; then the two of them join together from noon-2PM. (Barney will remain until 4pm). And from 11Am to 4PM, a special thank-you gift will be available at a reduced price: Stile Antico's beautiful new "Wondrous Mystery" CD.

ORCHESTRA IOWA (FACEBOOK PAGE)

The final broadcast of the 2015 Symphonies of Iowa series begins with Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, an opera based on the legendary accursed sea-captain, doomed to sail the seven seas until Judgment Day for his blasphemy. The overture is followed by Debussy’s Nocturnes, an impressionist work that experiments in musical color. The third movement, Sirènes, uses a wordless women’s chorus to portray the mythical Siren’s songs from the sea. 

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Nicholas Roth - a professor of piano at Drake and a renowned recording artist - is performing Monday at 7:30PM at Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines. You should definitely take the opportunity to hear this Yamaha Artist live! Meanwhile, you can hear his recent interview with Barney Sherman (and some samples of his playing) by clicking on the arrow below. The Monday-night recital is part of Drake's "Keys to Excellence" series; be there if you're nearby, but meanwhile, tune in to sample Roth's art!

Des Moines Symphony

The encore of the Des Moines Symphony’s Memorial Day Tribute Concert opens with three Copland classics: Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass and percussion; A Lincoln Portrait, featuring the reading of the past president’s famous words by a narrator; and Appalachian Spring, commissioned as a ballet with “an American theme” and later rearranged as an orchestral suite.

Iowa State Center

Ring in the holidays with the arts! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

ORCHESTRA IOWA (FACEBOOK PAGE)

The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players present two unique quintets in their “Fifth Element” encore concert. Principal clarinetist Christine Bellomy performs Weber’s Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major with violinists Violetta Todorova and Karla Galva, violist Jenwei Yu, and cellist Carey Bostian. Written for clarinet virtuoso Heinrich Baermann, like most of Weber’s clarinet works, it is considered a “pocket concerto” where the strings support the clarinetist rather than share an equal weight. 

Todd Rosenberg

The final broadcast of Yo-Yo Ma’s Quad City Symphony 100th Season Celebration Concert will air on Iowa Public Radio. In honor of this special program, IPR’s Performance Iowa will broadcast Yo-Yo Ma with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra on Friday, November 27th at 1pm.

Iowa Public Radio

Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we present an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 Brucemorchestra concert. Our Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 2 PM.

David Bazemore

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks IV: Musical Cathedrals” encore concert opens with Michael Torke’s Oracle. Commissioned and premiered by the QCSO in 2013, the short thematic work is based on variations of a melody, creating a Copland-esque sound. Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, joins the Quad City Symphony for Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G

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