Classical

Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa OI Encore Broadcast, August 26, 2013

The refurbished Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.
Credit Ryan Companies

Please join Iowa Public Radio in an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013 as Orchestra Iowa triumphantly returns to the newly refurbished Paramount Theatre following the devastating flood of 2008.

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6:07 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Kim's Bruch, DMSO's Dukas, Berlioz

Benny Kim - the rising young violinist born in Moline and trained by Doris Preucil of the Preucil School in Iowa City (and by Dorothy DeLay, teacher of Itzhak Perlman).

Tune in tonight at 7 for three Romantic masterpieces from the Des Moines Symphony. Benny Kim, a Quad Cities native who now has a major national career, solos in Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1; and music director Joseph Giunta conducts Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (based on a poem by Goethe about the dangers of "a little learning") and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (a wild ride through love gone very, very wrong). The broadcast is part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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3:40 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

CSO (& flamenco singer) in Ravel, Debussy, Falla

The young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
Credit Felix Broede courtesy harrisonparrott.com

Tune in Sunday at 2 pm to hear Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Chicago Symphony debut in music of Debussy, Ravel - and his countryman, Falla, performed with a flamenco singer from Spain. After Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin" and "Pavane for a Dead Princess" and Debussy's ballet "The Toy Box," Heras-Casado and the CSO are joined by cantaora Marina Heredia for Falla's "Love, the Magician."

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10:36 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Rossini's "Cinderella" from LA Opera

Kate Lindsey as Cinderella in the LA Opera's new production.
Credit Robbert Millard from LA Opera

Join us at noon for Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story -  a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast headed by Kate Lindsey.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
12:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase September 14, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Matt Andreini, Gabor Palotas, and the six composers commissioned to write percussion duos for the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project.
Matt Andreini

Prepare to move to the beat of a different drummer on the September Iowa Arts Showcase as Iowa Public Radio Producer John Pemble sits down with Matt Andreini to discuss the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project. Andreini, a University of Northern Iowa percussion instructor, has partnered with Hungarian percussionist Gabor Palotas to commission works from three Iowan and three Hungarian composers for percussion duo. Andreini and Palotas performed these pieces in Hungary over the summer, and have already begun a series of Iowa performances at UNI.

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Classical
8:20 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Guitarist Jorge Caballero in Ames

Guitarist Jorge Caballero
Credit http://www.jcaballeroguitar.com

Tune in Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 6pm to hear guitarist Jorge Caballero in recital in Ames. He's the youngest musician (and only guitarist) to win the prestigious Naumburg International Competition; the New York Times called him a "superb young guitarist" with a rare combination of "a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona." His concert was sponsored by Ames Town & Gown and is broadcast as part of IPR's University Concert series.

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Performance Iowa
12:01 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Performance Iowa Live Broadcast September 8, 2013

Orchestra Iowa, under the baton of Tim Hankewich, performs on the lawn of the Brucemore mansion at Brucemorchestra! 2012.
Credit Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa series will present a live broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Brucemorchestra! 2013 on Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Held on the front lawn of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s concert features works by three of Russia’s best-known composers. 

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Classical
10:26 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Carter Brey Plays Bach & Dvorak

Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic
Credit Chris Lee

Tune in tonight at 7 as Carter Brey - one of America's great cellists - scales the twin peaks of the cello repertory, the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the Bach Cello Suites. He performs the Dvorak with the New York Philharmonic, which he joined as principal cello in 1996 after a very successful solo career. Then, with a Baroque bow and gut strings, he plays the first two of Bach's solo cello suites.

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Classical
8:56 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Performance Today from Aspen

The Aspen Music Tent (and the Aspen scenery)
Credit eoshea from flickr.com

Every evening from 5 to 7 this week on Performance Today, you can hear what's happening at this year's Aspen Music Festival. Featured artists include established greats like guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg as well as admired newcomers like violinists Ray Chen and Stefan Jackiw. Tune in to sample the music they're making this week in the Rockies!

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa DMSO Encore Broadcast, August 19, 2013

Violinist Benny Kim, featured with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra on Bruch's Violin Concerto.

Please join Iowa Public Radio in an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony, led by Maestro Joseph Giunta, at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013. The DMSO performs Paul Dukas’ programmatic scherzo, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on a ballad by the German poet Goethe.

Guest artist Benny Kim joins the orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto. The concert closes with Berlioz’s monumental and programmatic  Symphonie Fantastique.

(Concert recorded Oct. 27 and 28, 2012)

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Classical
8:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Midori & Vanska in Sibelius, Debussy, Britten

Midori performing for schoolchildren
Credit gotomidori.com

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska perform Britten's Four Sea Pictures from Peter Grimes, Debussy's La Mer, and with Midori  - one of the world's foremost violinists - the concerto by Vanska's great compatriot Sibelius. This SymphonyCast concert broadcast also includes Debussy's L'Isle joyeuse ("The Joyful Island") and Clare de Lune, and the last two movements of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

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4:23 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Bach & Sons from Orchestra Iowa players

Johann Christian Bach, cousin of the Leipzig Bachs (the portrait was long thought to be of Wilhelm Friedemann, whose music is featured on this broadcast).
Credit Wikipedia

Tune in Monday at 7PM to hear music of Bach and sons performed by the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players.  Violist Lisa Ponton & harpsichordist Miko Kominami perform a sonata by Bach’s eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann; flutist Jane Walker & violinist Karla Galva play a duet by son #2, Carl Philipp Emanuel; then cellist Carey Bostian & oboist David Hempel join the others for a quintet by Bach’s youngest, Johann Christian (known in the Bach household as "Christel").

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Classical
3:52 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Sunday Baroque Goes From Bach to Scots

Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque, heard on IPR Classical every Sunday from 8AM to noon.
Credit Cincinatti Public Radio

Join host Suzanne Bona every Sunday morning from 8 to noon for a feast of Baroque music. She'll begin this week with Bach (and later on play his Cantata no. 147), make varied stops in Italy, Austria, Spain, France, and England (with special attention to Thomas Tallis), and end with an hour of music by composers born or resident in Scotland. Suzanne, who's also an accomplished flute player, brings you the best in music and performances every week.

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Classical
10:34 am
Sat August 10, 2013

LA Opera "Flying Dutchman" at Noon

The LA Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman"
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Tune in at noon for LA Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." The legend of a ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever is made vivid by Wagner's enthralling music. The result is a thrilling journey into a mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption. James Conlon, a noted Wagnerian, conducts, and Icelandic baritone Tomas Tomasson sings the cursed mariner.

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Classical
8:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Prokofiev & Shostakovich with Nosikova, Jones

William LaRue Jones, Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Iowa
Credit University of Iowa

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear two irresistible works from 20th-Century Russia performed by the U of Iowa Symphony led by William LaRue Jones.

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2:35 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

NY Phil's "CONTACT!" Thursday at 7PM

The young American conductor Jayce Ogren, who leads the New York Philharmonic in this week's broadcast.
Credit Roger Mastroianni

"These are pieces we really wanted to play." That's the unifying theme for the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! new music series, given at the Metropolitan Museum, and you can hear the latest concert Thursday at 7 PM. The young American conductor Jayce Ogren leads the world premieres of two Philharmonic commissions, Andy Akiho’s Oscillate and Jude Vaclavik’s SHOCK WAVES, as well as the New York premiere of Andrew Norman’s Try. Then,music director Alan Gilbert leads the U.S.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa OI Encore Broadcast, August 12, 2013

Please join Iowa Public Radio in an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2013 as Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Players present their second concert of the season. Among the pieces performed is Bach’s Concerto for Violin, Viola and Continuo. The Chamber Players present Hurnik’s Sonata da Camera. Hurnik is known for his film scripts, radio plays and concerts for children. The music of Bach’s fifth child, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach graces the concert with the Duet for Flute and Violin. The concert continues with yet another work by Bach’s son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. W.F.

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Classical
9:03 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Mahler "Symphony of a Thousand" Live

Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Credit MITOSettembreMusica from flickr.com

Join us Wednesday at 7PM to hear what the Telegraph called "a performance of cosmic impact" by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Mariss Jansons.

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4:43 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Biran & WCFSO in Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, Dahl

Israeli pianist Dror Biran
Credit Dror Biran

Tune in Monday at 7PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in concert. Dror Biran - "one of Israel's most admired and gifted pianists" - performs Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Before that, Jason Weinberger conducts the orchestra in Kodaly's Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, also called the Peacock Variations because its theme is the Hungarian folk song Fly, Peacock Fly.

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6:40 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Muti & Chicago Symphony in Bruckner 6th

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti conducting
Credit Todd Rosenberg for HyundaiCardWeb via flickr.com

Tune in Sunday at 2pm to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and music director Riccardo Muti perform Mozart's Symphony no 25 and Anton Bruckner's noble Symphony no. 6. CSO concertmaster Robert Chen begins the concert with Paganini's First Violin Concerto.

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3:36 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

LA Opera's Butterfly "Vocally Spectacular"

Madame Butterfly at the LA Opera
Credit LA Opera

Tune in today at noon to experience "the pleasures of four glorious voices singing Puccini’s heartbreaking, passionate melodies" (Opera News) in the LA Opera's Madame Butterfly. LA Opera music director James Conlon says, "Puccini’s fascination with 'Woman in Love' was the alpha and omega of his life’s work," and Butterfly is a particularly moving example. Cio-Cio San is sung by Ukranian soprano Oksana Dyko, Pinkerton by Brandon Jovanovich, and the result is (says Variety) "big and often vocally spectacular."

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Classical
11:08 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase Today, 11AM & 5PM

Some of the classic cars on display at the Salisbury Concours d'Elegance in Des Moines
Credit Geoffrey Hacker

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom for August's "Iowa Arts Showcase." She speaks to Brooke Joyce, composer-in-residence at Luther College, about the new outdoor installation/symphony "Talking Trees," which he and Harvey Sollberger created from the sounds of birds chirping, frogs croaking, and the wind in the grass.

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Classical
2:19 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Perlman plays Vivaldi, conducts Mozart

Itzhak Perlman playing his Stradivarius violin (previously owned by Yehudi Menuhin)
Credit Penn State news via flickr.com

Join us Friday at 7PM to hear Itzhak Perlman conduct the San Francisco Symphony in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"  (he  also plays the violin solos) and in Mozart's great "Prague" Symphony, no. 38 in D major.  The concert continues with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony and Berlioz's  colorful "Roman Carnival" Overture.

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2:19 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Perlman play Vivaldi, conducts Mozart

Itzhak Perlman playing his Stradivarius violin (previously owned by Yehudi Menuhin)
Credit Penn State news via flickr.com

Join us Friday at 7PM to hear Itzhak Perlman conduct the San Francisco Symphony in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"  (he  also plays the violin solos) and in Mozart's great "Prague" Symphony, no. 38 in D major.  The concert continues with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony and Berlioz's  colorful "Roman Carnival" Overture.

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Classical
11:10 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Spoleto Festival Series Starts Today

The St. Lawrence String Quartet
Credit http://slsq.com/photos

Tune in this morning at 10AM for the first in a series of broadcasts from the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, one of America's leading music events. Our first episode features the St. Lawrence String Quartet (one of the world's finest) playing a pinnacle of the repertory - Haydn's op. 76 no 2 - as well as the noted American violinist Livia Sohn and Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, who join the St. Lawrence in Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa WCFSO Encore Broadcast, August 5, 2013

Dror Biran, featured pianist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Dror Biran

Please join Iowa Public Radio in an encore performance of Kodály’s Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Variations,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2013. This piece was commissioned in 1939 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. For the main thematic material, Kodály chose an ancient Hungarian folk song titled Fly, Peacock Fly, the text of which metaphorically advocated for political freedom.

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8:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Dudamel/LA in Bach and More

Gustavo Dudamel, the young Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7  as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel tread where few orchestras dare: they perform a Bach cantata ("Eternity, O Word of Thunder," BWV 60). Also on the program is Felix Mendelssohn's Bach-inspired "Reformation" Symphony, Moravian composer Leos Janacek's Sinfonietta, and Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 3,with soloist Martin Chalfour.

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5:37 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Iowa's "Red Cedar" on Performance Today

Red Cedar Chamber Music and friends: l to r, Carey Bostian, John Dowdall, Meira Kim, and Jan Boland.
Credit Red Cedar Chamber Music

Tune in Monday at 5PM to hear Iowa's own Red Cedar Chamber Music on Performance Today. The duo, Jan Boland, flute and John Dowdall, guitar, are joined by Iowa cellist Carey Bostian (that's him in the lower left of the photo; in the upper right is Carey's wife, violinist Miera Kim). They perform Gershwin - recorded live in Cedar Rapids. Also on the broadcast is Paul Watkins, the new cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, playing and conducting a CPE Bach cello concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and Valery Gergiev conducting the fabled Mariinsky Orchestra of St.

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Classical
5:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Schrecker's "The Stigmatized" from LA

James Conlon, music director of the LA Opera
Credit Dan Steinberg for LA Opera

Tune in Saturday at 12 noon to hear the LA Opera's production of Franz Schrecker's "The Stigmatized" - an opera that caused a sensation at its 1918 premiere, but was later banned by the Third Reich and has rarely been revived. The music of Schrecker is a personal cause of LA Opera's conductor James Conlon; Saturday he gives us a rare chance to hear Schrecker's opera in performance.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
6:42 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Beethoven's Ninth Friday Afternoon

Ludwig van Beethoven painted in 1823, while he was in the midst of composing his Ninth Symphony.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Friday at 3 PM to hear Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Over the past two months Barney Sherman has cycled through notable recent recordings of the other eight, led by conductors Osmo Vanska, Jos van Immerseel, Andrew Manze, Joshua Bell, Paavo Jarvi, Ivan Fischer, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.  Whose Ninth will complete the cycle? Hint: it will be very different from the others. Join us at around 3 PM to hear it!

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