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10:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

MacMillan's Concerto for Repin

Scottish composer James MacMillan, CBE
Credit Philip Gatward, courtesy intermusica.co.uk

Join us tonight at 7 to hear Vadim Repin (called "the best and most perfect violinist I've ever heard" by Yehudi Menuhin) perform the concerto written for him by James MacMillan, whose "musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music." The concert also includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. It features the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Donald Runnicles.

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Classical
6:04 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Holvik, Weinberger, WCFSO Chamber Concert

The distinguished soprano Karen Holvik, a native of Cedar Falls, IA.
Credit Eastman School of Music

Tune in Monday at 7 PM as the Cedar Valley Chamber Festival, Iowa-born soprano Karen Holvik, and Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony join forces for a concert of chamber delights.

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Classical
5:36 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Berlioz & Shakespeare, Byron, Cooper

Hector Berlioz, as painted by Gustave Courbet
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores the literary imagination of French Romantic maverick Hector Berlioz. The concert begins with his Corsair (an overture first titled after a James Fenimore Cooper novel), continues with music from Romeo and Juliet (based on the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, of course), and continues with the viola c0ncerto/symphony Harold in Italy (based on Byron). As an encore, Susan Graham sings the delicious "Summer Nights," Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

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Classical
9:56 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure

Mark Delavan as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde in the San Francisco Opera's Die Walkure
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.

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Classical
8:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Stravinsky & Two Sorts of "Russian-ness"

Igor Stravinsky, drawn by his friend Pablo Picasso
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7 as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a concert that contrasts two kinds of "Russian-ness" in Stravinsky. "The Fairy's Kiss" is his loving tribute to Tchaikovsky; "Petroushka" bursts with Russian color and Russian folk themes.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa WCFSO Encore Broadcast, September 2, 2013

Jason Weinberger, director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.
Credit Noah Henscheid

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, led by music director Jason Weinberger, joins forces with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival to bring audiences an eclectic array of American chamber music in an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 2. 

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Classical
8:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Lugansky's Rach 3, Oundjian's Tchaikovsky

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Credit Marco Borggreve, courtesy opus 3 Artists

Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as Nikolai Lugansky - the young Russian who was one of the artists listed by the New York Times as evidence that we live in a "golden age" of the piano - performs everyone's favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto, the Third. Then Peter Oundjian, who left a major career as a violinist to become a conductor, leads Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Performing is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which recently appointed Oundjian its music director.

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Classical
4:15 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Orchestra Iowa's Return to the Paramount

The refurbished Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.

Join us Monday at 7 PM for an encore broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's triumphant return to the Paramount Theatre, refurbished after the devastating flood of 2008. Music director Tim Hankewich leads the concert, which took place in November, 2012. It features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Waltzes, and Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. Jacqueline Halbloom is the producer and host of our Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
9:49 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Hamelin, Petrenko & CSO Russian Concert

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, the noted Canadian artist soloing in this week's Chicago Symphony concert
Credit Fran Kaufman, courtesy marcandrehamelin.com

Tune in at 2PM as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Canadian pianist extraordinaire, plays the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Shostakovich, and Kirill Petrenko debuts with the Chicago Symphony in Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff.  The young Russian maestro this year conducted the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth and became music director of the Bavarian State Opera.

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University Concert
4:13 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

This Week on University Concert

This week on University Concert, we'll hear selections from three 2010 concerts by the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a graduate student ensemble directed by Dr. William LaRue Jones.  They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.

University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state.  It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Classical
10:29 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

"Power" and "Beauty" in LA's Tosca

Tosca (Sondra Radvanovsky) and Cavaradossi (Marco Berti) in the LA Opera’s "Tosca."
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Tune in at noon for Puccini's Tosca from the LA Opera. Sondra Radvanovsky, in the title role, provides what a critic called "a voice of power, but also a voice of great beauty." (He added, What an actress!) Marco Berti and the other singers also won high praise. And the conductor is none other than Placido Domingo.

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Classical
9:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hahn, SF & Vanska play Russians (& Finn)

American violin genius Hilary Hahn during a recent visit to NPR's studios
Credit BurntPixel at flickr.com

Join us at 7 PM when the great American violinist Hilary Hahn plays Prokofiev's first concerto with the San Francisco Symphony led by the Finnish maestro Osmo Vanska. Vanska also conducts the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, as well as a work written for him by his countryman Kalevi Aho, Minea. (This piece, written for Vanska's Minnesota Orchestra, is a "generally straightforward romp, in which principal players from throughout the large orchestra are tapped to play spotlighted roles.") Pictured is Hilary Hahn during  a recent visit to the studios of NPR!

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Classical
9:09 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Beethoven 1, 2 & 5 by Fischer & Concertgebouw

Ivan Fischer, noted Hungarian conductor, composer, and opera director
Credit Marco Borggreve from http://www.bfz.hu

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear Ivan Fischer (one of the great Beethoven conductors) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (voted the world's finest in an international poll) in Beethoven's First, Second, and Fifth Symphonies. The concert broadcast is part of our Live from the Concertgebouw series.

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Classical
9:41 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Lewis in Mozart, Harding in Schumann, Sibelius

British pianist Paul Lewis, whose Beethoven cycle won many international record awards.
Credit The Queen's Hall at flickr.com

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear pianist Paul Lewis - winner of many major awards-  play one of Mozart's greatest concertos, his 25th in C major. Then, another acclaimed young Briton, Daniel Harding, conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in two other masterpieces in C major: Schumann's Symphony no. 2 and Sibelius's Symphony no. 7.  The concert broadcast begins with Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music.

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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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Classical
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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Classical
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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Classical
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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Classical
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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