Listen below to a podcast of a live set from our studio Monday featuring four stellar young musicians from ChamberFest Dubuque. Dubuque native Michael Gilbertson founded the festival in 2009; since then his compositions have won the Israel Prize and major awards from ASCAP and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and have been performed by the Washington National Opera, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, a
To become a Van Cliburn gold medalist, what kind of piano should you learn on? Steinway? Yamaha? Jon Nakamatsu’s international career began on the keys of a humble toy organ. Concerned that at the age of four he would never be serious about playing the piano, Jon’s parents did not want to invest in an expensive instrument he would not use. Jon steps up to perform one of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
Iowa is becoming more diverse. When cultures come together, there are often challenges, but there are also tremendous rewards. Host Charity Nebbe finds out what some Iowa organizations are doing to explore and celebrate the diversity throughout the state.
The story of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick is widely known; an outstanding young athlete who died before his time. But the very first winner of the Heisman was also from Iowa. Host Charity Nebbe and biographer Brian Cooper discuss the life and times of Jay Berwanger. Berwanger was the son of a blacksmith in Dubuque who almost didn't go to college. He ended
Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in a program of Russian Romantics. Tchaikovsky's glorious Piano Concerto no. 1 features Romania-born guest artist Eugene Alcalay, who was praised by Leonard Bernstein for his “outstanding talent as both a performer and composer." The orchestra, led by music director William Intriligator, also performs Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and Capriccio Espagnol.
The attention often centers on agriculture when a drought hits. But new Iowa Department of Natural Resources numbers show the state’s stream flows are well below normal and groundwater levels are reaching historic lows. There's a ripple effect in how the drought will affect the state’s fish.