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Iowa Public Radio is excited to present a 7 p.m. WFMT broadcast of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Gala. 

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie

Iowa Public Radio’s February Iowa Arts Showcase will come to you at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on February 2nd.

We’ll commemorate Black History month with the African American Museum of Iowa’s Executive Director, Tom Moore and their Director of Education, Michelle Poe, as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary connecting Iowans of all ages with American history. We’ll learn about their incredible museum events and activities planned through-out the year, and why African American history IS American history.

Iowa Public Radio’s January edition of our Iowa Arts Showcase opens 2013 with soprano, Sarah Jane McMahan, who shares background on her unusual journey to the opera stage and  details about her upcoming recital on January 6th for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Des Moines Guild Chapter. Guest director Stanley M.

Iowa Public Radio’s December Iowa Arts Showcase investigates the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Opera Iowa Three Little Pigs adventure for a 13-week whirlwind tour starting in January. The DMMO’s artistic director, Michael Egel, outlines the Opera Iowa Troupe’s arts education goals as they perform at community centers, concert halls, gymnasiums and classrooms all across the state.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. to explore several upcoming Iowa events.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, October 6th at 11 a.m.

Paula Forest, Artistic Director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association, tells us what to expect during the 2012-2013 concert season, which features performances from world-class performers including pianist Ann Schein, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, Jonathan Sturm.

American director and choreographer Pat Birch teams up with Shari Roads, Music Director of Way Off Broadway, to highlight their upcoming production of The Orphan Train, a new musical taking place at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

This month Jacqueline speaks with Michael Egel, Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, about the 40th anniversary season of the company.  She will preview this month's Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival with impresario Hunter Capoccioni.  Educator and musician Bill Shepherd discusses the band movement in Iowa, and, Maestro Joseph Giunta previews the 75th anniversary season of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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