Iowa Arts Showcase

Classical
1:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more!

Decorah's junior "Nordic Dancers" taking part in the Grand Parade at Nordic Fest
Ellen Macdonald

Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical as you pack the van for this summer’s music festival offerings. Arts events featured on this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase include: 

  • Nordic Fest, with Martha Griesheimer and Randy Schissel
  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, with Hunter Cappoccioni
  • University of Iowa Summer Opera’s production of “Patience,” with Nicholas Wuehrmann
  • And Sleepy Bones Allison, aspiring middle school blues guitarist

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Classical
3:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

June Showcase Hosts Sister Prejean and Jake Heggie, CROT's "Mikado", the 5 Seasons Chamber, & more!

An instructor works with a group of harpists in a workshop at the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival

School is out for the summer with just enough time to catch up on arts events across the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. Our June edition features:

  • Sister Helen Prejean, humanitarian, author, and activist, discussing the evolution of her “Dead Man Walking,”
  • Michael Gilbertson, Artistic Director of ChamberFest Dubuque, discussing the evolution of his “Juilliard in June” program into the new multiple concert series and workshop event.
  • Daniel Kleinknecht, artistic director of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, talking about the CROT’s“Mikado”  production,
  • Stephanie Wagor, festival artistic director, and Jason Weinberger, conductor and chamber music coach, sharing details about the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival
  • And composer Jake Heggie, talking about the unusual circumstances of his first opera based on Sister Helen Prejean’s book.
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News Buzz
4:43 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Look at this Year's Legislative Session

John Pemble Iowa Public Radio

Happy Friday! Here's your news buzz wrap-up for the week...

Joyce Russell, IPR’s Statehouse Correspondent, recaps the 2014 Iowa legislative session:

Paul Sleeper, Fisheries Biologist for Iowa DNR, explains that fishy smell near your lakes and ponds:

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Classical
4:11 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

May IAS features Midwest International Piano Competition, Lowell Walter house, DMMO, and more!

UNI piano professors Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin host the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

As you dust off your gardening gloves for some May planting, let Iowa Public Radio sow a few upcoming arts-event seeds on the Iowa Arts Showcase. May’s line-up includes:

· UNI’s Assistant Professor of Piano Dmitri Vorobiev and Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin as they discuss the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition

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Classical
2:38 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

April IAS, featuring the Metropolitan Chorale, Judicaël Perroy, Vadym Kholodenko, and more!

Judicaël Perroy, Parisian classical guitarist, performs in Des Moines this month.

Stay dry this April as Iowa Public Radio kicks off another Iowa Arts Showcase. This month our features include:

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Classical
10:05 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Iowa Arts Showcase Today @ 11AM or 5PM

Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, who won the Gold Medal at the latest Van Cliburn competition
Credit IMG artists

Join Jacqueline Halbloom to hear about four musical events coming up in Iowa next month:

  • The Metropolitan Chorale's 60th Anniversary Concert
  • The Iowa recital of the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko
  • The UI School of Music's Die Fledermaus at the Englert
  • The Des Moines recital of award-winning French classical guitarist Judicael Perroy
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Classical
9:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS

Cuban jazz pianist Nachito Herrera, who will appear at the UNI's Tallcorn Jazz Festival.
Credit Heartland Concert Artists

Join Jacqueline Halbloom at 5PM as Iowa Arts Showcase finds out about the Tallcorn Jazz Festival, a Kurt Weill show with poetry by Langston Hughes, and more.  We'll hear about the festival from a headliner, Cuban pianist Nachito Herrera, and from Chris Merz, UNI's Director of Jazz Studies. Celeste Bembry of UNI (who toured worldwide with the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers) fills us in on Black History Month, and Bernard McDonald of Simpson tells us about their upcoming production of Weill's Street Scene.

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Iowa Arts Showcase February 2014
10:46 am
Mon February 3, 2014

February Iowa Arts Showcase Takes Center Stage Saturday, February 8

Cuban jazz pianist, Nachito Herrera, performs as the guest artist for University of Northern Iowa’s 2014 Tallcorn Jazz Festival.
Heartland Concert Artists

Iowa Public Radio’s February Edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase provides a front row seat to the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallcorn Jazz Festival and Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz with guest artist Nachito Herrera. Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom sits down with Herrera to discuss his early introduction to the world of classical and jazz piano along with his experience as an educator.  

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Classical
10:46 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM

Michael Gilbertson, Dubuque composer, whose opera will be performed at the Kennedy Center this month
Credit michaelgilbertson.net

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.

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Classical
11:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit 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.

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Classical
5:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase: Saturday 11AM & 5PM

A work by artist El Anatsui featured at the Des Moines Arts Center's exhibit, "GRAVITY AND GRACE: Monumental Works by El Anatsui"
Credit Des Moines Arts Center

Join us for October’s Iowa Arts Showcase. Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews: Jeff Fleming of the Des Moines Art Center about its upcoming Gravity and Grace exhibit featuring the art of El Anatsui; Iowa Composer’s Forum members Jillian Whitaker of UNI and Jerry Owen of Coe College; actress Tanna Frederick, cofounder of the Iowa Independent Film Festival;  and Bernard McDonald and Bruce Brown about their upcoming Simpson College opera productions.

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Classical
2:47 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio's next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Join us as Iowa Public Radio's Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Jeff Fleming, Executive Director at the Des Moines Art Center. Fleming will discuss the upcoming exhibition: Gravity and Grace

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Classical
2:43 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM

Prepare to move to the beat of a different drummer on the September Iowa Arts Showcase as Matt Andreini discusses the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project,  which has commissioned works from three Iowan and three Hungarian composers for percussion duo. Also, Deborah Dakin & Robert Elfline of Augustana College tell us about Laura Kaminsky's And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary, which they'll be performing in Davenport with the Tikkun Trio.  Orchestra Iowa’s Tim Hankewich and Hancher's Chuck Swanson update us on their respective 2013-14 seasons.

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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Iowa Arts Showcase
10:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase June 1, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A crowd watches a performance during the Shakespeare festival at the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City in June 2001.

The June edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase kicks off with Ted Swetz and Jody Hovland discussing Riverside Theatre’s upcoming productions of Hamlet and The School for Scandal at Riverside Theatre in the Park. Hovland is the artistic director and one of the original three founders of RiversideTheatre. Swetz, a Professor of Theater at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and past theatrical director at Riverside, is returning this year to direct The School for Scandal.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
3:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase - May 4, 2013 - 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.

The Act II finale from La Clemenza di Tito. Sarah Fisk as Vitellia (kneeling); behind her, Lisa Neher as Annio and Allison Crain as Servilia; at center is Brian Dykes as Publio; and Quiliano Anderson on platform as Tito.
Credit Todd Adamson

On the May edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase, we will hear from Laura Johnson on the University of Iowa Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Johnson is a visiting professor to the university and the guest director to the ensemble. The performance took place at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City on May 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase Today at 5 PM

Mozart, in an unfinished 1782 painting by his brother-in-law.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Join Jacqueline Halbloom for previews of some major arts events in our state. This month, director Laura Johnson leads off, telling us about the production in Iowa City this weekend of Mozart's second-to-last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Next comes David Janssen of the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids on this summer's events; then Hugh Pettersen of the Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls tells us about the upcoming Creme de la Creme 13. Finally, Michael Egle of the Des Moines Metro Opera updates us on its next season. Hear them at 5 PM Saturday on IPR Classical.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
12:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase April 6, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vladimir Gorbach, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America competition
Credit crossingsatcarnige.com

  Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase, April edition will celebrate Public Radio Music Month with an appearance by the Amara Piano Quartet (formerly known as the Ames Piano Quartet) complete with their new members, pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang and violinist Boro Martinic. Mei-Hsuan and Boro will join with long-time piano quartet and Iowa State music faculty, violist Jonathan Sturm and cellist George Work to discuss the challenges and rewards of forming a new piano quartet and the joys of performing chamber music.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
12:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase March 2, 2013

This month, Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase includes Trio 826 who will be performing in the Castle Room at Wartburg College on March 10, 2013.  This magnificent trio is comprised of three good friends Julia Bullard, Susanna Klein, and Hannah Holman who all wanted to explore new and old classical music.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:50 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase February 2, 2013

Iowa Public Radio’s February Iowa Arts Showcase will come to you at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on February 2nd.

We’ll commemorate Black History month with the African American Museum of Iowa’s Executive Director, Tom Moore and their Director of Education, Michelle Poe, as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary connecting Iowans of all ages with American history. We’ll learn about their incredible museum events and activities planned through-out the year, and why African American history IS American history.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:49 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase January 5, 2013

Iowa Public Radio’s January edition of our Iowa Arts Showcase opens 2013 with soprano, Sarah Jane McMahan, who shares background on her unusual journey to the opera stage and  details about her upcoming recital on January 6th for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Des Moines Guild Chapter. Guest director Stanley M.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:48 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase December 1, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s December Iowa Arts Showcase investigates the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Opera Iowa Three Little Pigs adventure for a 13-week whirlwind tour starting in January. The DMMO’s artistic director, Michael Egel, outlines the Opera Iowa Troupe’s arts education goals as they perform at community centers, concert halls, gymnasiums and classrooms all across the state.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:47 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase November 3, 2012

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. to explore several upcoming Iowa events.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:45 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase October 6, 2012

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, October 6th at 11 a.m.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:44 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase September 1, 2012

Paula Forest, Artistic Director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association, tells us what to expect during the 2012-2013 concert season, which features performances from world-class performers including pianist Ann Schein, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, Jonathan Sturm.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase August 11, 2012

American director and choreographer Pat Birch teams up with Shari Roads, Music Director of Way Off Broadway, to highlight their upcoming production of The Orphan Train, a new musical taking place at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

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Iowa Arts Showcase
1:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase July 7, 2012

This month Jacqueline speaks with Michael Egel, Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, about the 40th anniversary season of the company.  She will preview this month's Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival with impresario Hunter Capoccioni.  Educator and musician Bill Shepherd discusses the band movement in Iowa, and, Maestro Joseph Giunta previews the 75th anniversary season of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.