Tune in Sunday at 2pm as the Chicago Symphony explores Brahms. The esteemed Dutch maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the First  Symphony, and the phenomenal French brothers Renaud Capuçon on violin and Gautier Capuçon on cello perform the Double Concerto. The program begins with Haydn's so-called "Clock" symphony.

Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter.

Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Join us Saturday as Trevor Pinnock conducts Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Houston Grand Opera. Adrian Eröd is the Don, Veronika Dzhioeva is Donna Elvira, and Morris Robinson is the Commendatore.

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If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (you might remember him from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey). The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

Does anyone today play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto better than Joshua Bell? Join us tonight at 7 to hear him with the Houston Symphony in a recent concert performance (also on the bill is music of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, and Mussorgsky, conducted by Lawrence Foster).

O'Neil Arnold

On Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series’ presents an encore broadcast of the wcfsymphony collaboration with artist Gary Kelley from the closer of their 2012-2013 season. Kelley’s original The Planets was created in 2007. The symphony brings a new light to Kelley’s project through their performance of Holst’s The Planets. Kelley also discusses his creative process.


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Gary Kelley, artist 

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Join Barney Sherman Monday at 2PM as two of the world's foremost Russian guitarists perform LIVE in IPR's studios. Oleg Timofeyev is renowned internationally both as a performer and as a musicologist who has rediscovered lost repertory. Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent Russian Roma (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists of our time; previously he was lead musician of the Moscow Roma Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor.

Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Love Handel? Tune in Saturday at noon to hear a star-studded cast headed by the great mezzo Susan Graham perform Handel's opera "Xerxes" from the Houston Grand Opera. The cast also includes such notables as David Daniels and Laura Claycomb.

Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Featured on Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series broadcast Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. is an encore performance by the Des Moines Symphony as they celebrate and honor their partnership and history with Drake University. The symphony began in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony. Choirs from Drake University join with the Des Moines Symphony in this celebration of 75 years of rich music making.


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Tune at 4PM to hear the Daedalus Quartet - whom the New Yorker called "a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets" - perform live in IPR's Studio One. The appearance is part of their week-long residency at the University of Iowa.

Tune in from noon to 1:30PM for a Veterans Day rebroadcast of this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert from Des Moines.  The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta perform favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard. The broadcast, hosted by IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola, is part of IPR's "Performance Iowa" series.

Join us Wednesday at 4PM as Trio 826 performs live on the air from IPR's Studio One in Cedar Falls - and stay for a reception with food and refreshments! Seating is limited, so please RSVP at 1-8oo-861-8000. Trio 826 consists of three stellar players - Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola, and Hannah Holman, cello - who make amazing music together. Tune in or, better yet, join us in person to hear them play.

Barney Sherman

Tune in now to hear "Violins of Hope" - the story of a man's quest to restore violins played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps - followed at 3 by a LIVE broadcast of the Kristallnacht commemoration in Cedar Falls, with Jason Weinberger leading the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and a number of other participants telling the tale of the pogrom that initiated the Final Solution. Jacqueline Halbloom hosts.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Join us Sunday at 3PM for a live broadcast commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht - the pogrom that foreshadowed the Holocaust.  This community effort brings together the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, its music director Jason Weinberger, bassist Hunter Capoccioni, the Wartburg Choir, Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff and Lee Nelson.

Robert Vano, courtesy IMG Artists

Join us Thursday at 7PM for a New York Philharmonic concert with something for everyone. First, composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round" pays tribute to his fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzola; then the acclaimed young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher plays the Mendelssohn concerto; and finally, the sensational young American conductor Joshua Weilerstein (brother of MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein) conducts Dvorak's Eighth Symphony. Tune in to hear these young talents at work with a great ensemble.


Tune in tonight at 7  for a concert of works by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and the young British composer Thomas Ades that were inspired by the 18th century. Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" pays tribute to the French Baroque; one of the greats of that era, Francois Couperin, inspired Ades' "Three Couperin Sketches." Respighi's "The Birds" is his arrangement of music by several 18th-century composers, and Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" explore a theme he wrote to honor that century's music.

Tune in to this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as Jacqueline Halbloom updates us on exciting events in Dubuque, Cedar Falls and the Quad Cities. She visits the University of Dubuque to speak to its president, Jeffrey Bullard, and Heritage Center Executive Director, Thomas Robbins, about the new Heritage Center and upcoming performers like the King’s Singers. Also, Dubuque-born composer Michael Gilbertson tell us about his new opera, Breaking, premiering on November 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Then, in Cedar Falls, Dr.

Jean Rude

Tune in today at 12 noon for the grand finale of our Opera in October series, as the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performs Puccini's La Boheme. Erica Strauss sings Mimi, Eric Barry is Rodolfo, Philip Torre is Marcello, and Meredith Hansen is Musetta in this irresistible story of young love and loss.

The Princess Diana Exhibition

Iowa Public Radio’s next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Join us as Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Kim Findlay, director of Davenport’s Putnam museum. Findlay will discuss the museum’s current and upcoming exhibits with special attention to the current Princess Diana exhibition. Jacqueline and Findlay will explore details about Princess Diana’s wedding dress and diamond tiara displayed in the exhibition.


It's back, starting at 10 AM! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings together some of the world's finest chamber musicians, and you can hear it weekly on IPR. It starts with Mozart at his best: the Violin Sonata in e minor played by Arnaud Sussman and Inon Barnatan, and the String Quintet in 3 in C major, K. 515, performed by no less than Ani Kavafian, Benjamin Beilman, Paul Neubauer, Lily Francis, and Timothy Eddy.


Tune in right now as the Houston Grand Opera returns for four weekends to IPR. First up is Rossini's delightful "The Italian Girl in Algiers," with the noted mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the title role.

Jean Rude

In the final performances of the Opera in October broadcast series, Iowa Public Radio presents the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at noon.

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Tune in Tuesday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" violinist Leila Josefowicz premieres a new work by Stephen Mackey written in memory of his mother, and Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic and Master Chorale in the profoundly beautiful "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms. At the core of this masterpiece is a movement Brahms added in memory of his own mother; it is sung by Christine Schaeffer (Matthias Goerne is the male soloist).

Todd Adamson

Love "The Magic Flute"? Mozart's next opera was "The Clemency of Titus." You can hear the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production tonight at 7PM or Sunday at noon. It's the last broadcast in IPR's "Opera in October" series, hosted and produced by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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Tune in Saturday at noon for Verdi's Luisa Miller in a 1974 performance by the San Francisco Opera. Katia Ricciarelli sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti is the nobleman she loves but, as a poor village girl, cannot marry. This archived broadcast captures Pavarotti's first performance of this role.

Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage  in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."


Join us at 7PM to hear an "unusually sensitive and humane" concert performance of Verdi's Requiem by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and their chief conductor, Mariss Jansons. In this performance, reported one critic, "the whole piece came together as [a] long, beautiful and genuinely moving prayer..." The Netherlands Radio Chorus was "world class," and the soloists (Anja Hartenos, Stephanie Blythe, Dimitri Pittas, and Orlin Anastassov) were exceptional. Hear the result for yourself on IPR Wednesday night.

Todd Adamson

This week on Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series showcases the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at noon.