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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 100 th 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 27 th at 1pm. The concert opens with Brahms’s colorful Academic Festival Overture, written as a thank you to the University of Breslau and utilizing student drinking songs as musical motives. The symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s deeply...

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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. Recorded live on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on the grounds of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s Brucemorchestra theme was Brucemorchestra! 1812 and More . This annual family tradition featured one of the most famous...

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 . The concert concludes with Bruckner’s popular Fourth Symphony , nicknamed by the composer “ Romantic ”...

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This weekend, the innovative violinist Lara St. John is performing Astor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with Orchestra Iowa . And yesterday she released an irresistible new CD of pieces inspired by music of Eastern Europe, titled Shiksa . She spoke to me about: why she chose that title; how the word has lost its offensiveness since the heyday of Philip Roth and has taken on a positive meaning; how a "random Canadian" could grow up surrounded by Piazzolla's tango-infused music;...

Des Moines Symphony

In honor of Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m. on November 11 th , 2015, Iowa Public Radio will air an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert from July 2 nd . The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph Giunta are joined by Governor Terry Branstad for the Armed Forces Salute . Guest Broadway vocalists Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro perform favorites from State Fair , The Bridges of Madison County , and The Music Man . The Des Moines Symphony will premiere selections...

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Orchestra Iowa presents an evening of Russian classics in their “ Russian Masters ” encore concert. The concert opens with Spring from a ballet by Glazunov, followed by Borodin’s Second Symphony . The symphony was composed over a stretch of six years, interrupted by the composer’s work on the theatre works Prince Igor and Mlada. Violinist Brian Lewis has performed with orchestras and in recital across the globe, and is considered one of today’s leading violin virtuosos. He joins Orchestra...

Jesse Weiner

With the holiday season kicking into high gear, Iowa arts are heating up. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features: • The Grout Museum’s newest exhibit, “365 Days and Counting: Iowans in the Vietnam War” with the Grout Museum District’s Historian Bob Neymeyer and Research & Programming Assistant Christopher Shackelford • Michael Oxley, director of Marshalltown’s Orpheum Theatre, outlining several events and exhibits that will open on the weekend of November 13th • Native American poet...

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Two renowned musicians - violinist Sarah Plum of Drake and pianist Francine Kay of Princeton - are giving a series of concerts in Iowa this week. You can hear them live in Des Moines Wednesday at noon at St. John's Lutheran Church and at 7:30 at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake - but you can get a live preview at 1 PM on IPR! Barney will host them live, as they perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 10 and Bartok's Violin Sonata no. 2. Dr. Plum won the Gold Medal at the prestigious International...

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In their “ Fantasia ” encore concert, the wcfsymphony creates a unique and exciting experience by combining classic works from both of Disney’s Fantasia movies and playing along to the animated scenes. They perform favorites from the movies, like Dukas’s The Sorceror’s Apprentice and Stravinsky’s Firebird , as well as less familiar scenes, including a deleted scene featuring Debussy’s Claire de Lune . Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. to listen to the...

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The final broadcast of the 2015 Opera in October series features the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni . It airs on Saturday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m. Mozart’s masterpiece revolves around the womanizing scoundrel Don Giovanni (fashioned after the legendary Don Juan). The performance, under the baton of CROT’s founder and artistic director Daniel Kleinknecht, along with the University of Oklahoma professor and guest director...

Grinnell College

In 2008, Grinnell's Jennifer Williams Brown won a major award from the American Musicological Society for her edition of Francesco Cavalli's 1651 opera La Calisto. Want to hear a how performance sounds when it uses her discoveries? You're in luck! IPR will broadcast a recent performance from Simpson College Opera tonight (April 23) at 8 PM and again Sunday at 11 PM. Brown, who chairs Grinnell's music department and directs its Collegium Musicum, served as scholar-in-residence, dramaturg,...

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In June of 2014, the UNI School of Music hosted the Midwest International Piano Competition. The junior division winner of the 2014 Midwest International Piano Competition was Mayuki Miyashita. Mayuki was born in Japan and now lives with her parents and brother in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mayuki has performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Maryville College Orchestra. She has also won 2 nd prize in New...

Great news: Curt Snook's The Choral Tradition and Michael Barone's Pipedreams will return to our airwaves on Sunday, November 1st! Curt retired on June 30th (after three decades) and has been enjoying some time off - but we're delighted that he'll again be sharing his extraordinary knowledge and love of choral music with our state. You'll have two chances to hear his show: Sundays at 7AM, and a repeat broadcast the following Saturday at 7PM. (If you missed Curt's "farewell interview" with...

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The LA Philharmonic concert broadcasts return to IPR Wednesdays at 7PM - and the first concert features a Pulitzer-winning composer trained in Iowa! David Lang won that Pulitzer (and a Grammy) for his incredibly moving little matchgirl passion , and has also been Musical America 's Musician of the Year. along with other honors. But before all that, he came to Iowa to study composition at the University of Iowa. He says "I was happy I did. It was really a kind of golden age. I really loved it....

Jeremy Sawatzky

The Des Moines Symphony’s “ Roman Returns—Dvorák Cello Concerto” encore concert opens with The Chairman Dances; Foxtrot for Orchestra by John Adams. This programmatic work comes from Act III of Adams’s opera Nixon in China , and depicts Chairman and Madame Mao dancing together. Cello virtuoso Joshua Roman returns to the Des Moines Symphony to perform Dvorák’s dramatic Cello Concerto . The concert concludes with Sibelius’s popular and romantic Second Symphony . Tune in to Iowa Public Radio...

This week’s Opera in October broadcast features Simpson College Opera’s production of Cavalli’s La Calisto. It will air on Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. First performed in 1651 in Venice, Italy, this early period opera features a mythical cast of Roman gods and characters. Giove (or Jupiter, in Roman mythology) descends from Mt. Olympus to repair the Earth after a cataclysmic event, and falls in love with Calisto, a nymph and virgin follower of Diana,...

The 2015 Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival culminates Monday night at 7:30 with a Renaissance / Baroque concert at Iowa City's Congregational United Church of Christ. Last Thursday, the soloists - flutist Jeffrey Cohan and plucked-string master Oleg Timofeyev - came into our Iowa City studio t0 give Iowa a live preview. They were interviewed by Barney, who hosted from Cedar Falls. (Listen by clicking the arrow below!) Jeffrey, who comes from Davenport, has been called "the flute master" by...

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s “ Epic Eroica ” encore concert opens with the overture from Mozart’s The Impressario , featuring students from the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra in a side-by-side performance. Violinist Katie Wolf and cellist Anthony Arnone, professors at the University of Iowa, join the orchestra for the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Violoncello in A minor, Op. 102 . The concert concludes with Beethoven’s grand and dramatic “Eroica ” symphony. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio...

Jim Poynter

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR (Barney Sherman): Hebrew was in ancient times a living language. Then, like Latin, it “died” – it ceased to be a native tongue for everyday speech, and was instead used only in liturgy, scholarship, and literature. But in the 20th century it was brought back to life as a daily language . The revival of spoken Hebrew had no precedent and has been challenging to duplicate . W ould a similar revival be just as unlikely, then, in music? Could composers today create music in...

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The final opera in the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43 rd Festival Season, Janáček’s Jenůfa , airs as part of Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October broadcast series. IPR will broadcast Jenůfa on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. This tragic tale and rare musical gem is set in a Moravian village in the late 19 th century. Jenůfa learns that although her beloved Števa was not drafted into the military, her stepmother Kostelnička has forbidden their marriage unless...

Christine Turner

The wcfsymphony’s “ Rediscover ” encore concert features composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. He performs his very own Woodbox Violin Concerto , an eclectic piece combining a wide array of styles, as well as presents a world premiere of his Young Person’s GPS for Our Orchestra: Themes and Variations on Haitian Folk Songs. A modern twist on Benjamin Britten’s famous Guide , the piece explores the colors of the orchestra using two Haitian folk songs for its themes. The concert opens...

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This week’s Opera in October broadcast features another production from the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 43 rd Festival Season, Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West . It will air on Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m and Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. Set in California during the gold rush of 1849-1850, this complex drama bears a slight resemblance to the American western film and television genre. The Girl of the Golden West refers to Minnie, owner of the Polka Saloon in a miners’ camp near the...

The Des Moines Symphony’s “ Giunta Conducts Chopin, Shostakovich, and Les Préludes” encore concert begins with Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem, Les Préludes . Eighteen-year-old Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong then joins the orchestra for Chopin’s virtuosic Second Piano Concerto . He has won numerous awards, performed with several orchestras globally, has been featured on NPR’s From the Top , and currently studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music. The concert closes with Shostakovich...

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Pianist Bruce Brubaker, born and raised in Des Moines, is one of today's most admired pianists - and a renowned collaborator with such major composers as John Cage, Philip Glass, and Meredith Monk. Bruce is in Iowa this week to work with some other major Iowan musicians in a SummerMusic concert centered on Terry Riley. It will be offered first in Ames ( Monday night at 7:30 at Tye Recital Hall ), and then Des Moines (at the Des Moines Social Club Tuesday night at 7:30 ). He'll join Barney...

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With autumn in the air comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features: A peek at the Iowa Composers Forum’s fall concerts featuring New Music for Voice & Piano with mezzo-soprano Ann Cravero and pianist Jessica Anderson A look into The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-16 season with Music Director and Conductor Dr. William Intriligator Hancher’s upcoming season, plus their plans of moving into their new performing arts center during the spring of 2016 all...

Yes, he’s back! Composer Peter Hamlin will return as a guest co-host during IPR’s Classical fund drive this Friday, September 25 th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Peter is currently a professor of music theory, electronic music, and composition at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Peter was a long-time radio host on Iowa Public Radio’s KUNI-KHKE as well as serving as a fine arts and state fair host for 30 years on IPTV. Peter’s brand new piece entitled Symphony on a Stick , inspired by the...

Uriel Tsachor

Join Iowa Public Radio on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. for an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s “ Beethoven and the Bard ” concert. The program opens with a famous overture by Mendelssohn, his A Midsummer Night’s Dream , written at the age of seventeen. Concert pianist and head of the University of Iowa School of Music’s piano program, Uriel Tsachor, joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s poignant Piano Concerto No. 4 . The concert closes with Sibelius’s Third Symphony . Reminiscent of the works...

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The Des Moines Metro Opera heralds in the return of Opera in October with performances from their 43 rd Festival Season. The first broadcast features Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m. Mozart’s bittersweet romance tells the tale of the nobleman Belmonte and his quest to rescue his fiancé Konstanze and their two servants from the palace of Pasha Selim. Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo devise a plan, but things go awry...

The changing color of the leaves can only mean one thing: October has arrived, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October broadcast series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to check out Iowa opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, Simpson College Opera, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Opera in October airs on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for the month of October. Check out the broadcast schedule below for the season overview, and take a look at...

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