Music and Musicians

Skye Carrasco

This Saturday at 2 PM, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Iowa City's own Dwelling Fruit.

Kendall McCabe

  This Saturday at 2 PM, we'll broadcast a recent performance by Dave Zollo on "Java Blend." 

Skye Carrasco

 On Friday, May 10th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Dwelling Fruit.

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One of the biggest changes for the music industry is the shift from publishing music on CDs, to downloadable music files.  There are still artists who prefer their music be available on a tangible medium, even one as old as vinyl.  In Iowa the two year old label Maximum Ames Records, publishes all of its titles on vinyl, including H.D.

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Today on River to River, we explore the continuing changes in the music industry...including the fact that more and more users are listening from large online libraries of music – like Rhapsody, Spotify, or Pandora – rather than purchasing individual songs or albums. We also discuss why vinyl records are making a comeback.

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The players stomped their feet to applaud the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - that's how great the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Carnegie Hall concert was.  Hear it for yourself tonight at 7 on SymphonyCast. The New York Times said, "The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better." On the program are Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan is the soloist), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos
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 On Friday, April 26th at 2 PM at Iowa City's downtown Java House, IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos.

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Join us tonight at 7  to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform three works inspired by the Midwest. Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is his creative response to Iowa's prairies and farm life. Antonin Dvorak’s “American Suite” draws on his visit to the United States, including a summer in Iowa. Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land depicts the story of a young girl about to leave her home on a Midwestern farm. Jason Weinberger conducts, on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

Iowa Public Radio's Cedar Falls facilities are the home of Studio-One-the-room (as opposed to Studio-One-the-programming-stream), an excellent venue for live music.  As I write this, Studio-One-the-room is undergoing renovation and not available for use, but on April 28, The Folk Tree brings you some music that was recorded live there.

In the 2:00 hour, it's our favorite metaphysical Minnesotan singer-songwriter, Peter Mayer.  Then in the 3:00 hour, Sam Knutson, Jordan Sellegren,  and John Waite play music from their Iowa Opera House project.

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Tune in at 7 tonight to hear pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Mozart's 23rd Concerto, plus a new concerto written for him by fellow Frenchman Tristan Murail. Also, American David Robertson conducts Beethoven's irresistible Symphony no. 2, and a work by the mystical Frenchman Olivier Messiaen. As usual, Alec Baldwin hosts this weekly broadcast of the New York Philharmonic.

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The Envy Corps' indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the Midwest, and fans internationally.  The band stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on September 8, 2011.  Tune in to hear a set recorded that night on the Thursday, April 25 edition of Studio One, in the 7:00 pm hour.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

Jason Weinberger, music director
Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

CHENETTE                          Rural Symphony
DVORAK                              Suite in A, Op. 98b
COPLAND                             Suite from The Tender Land

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Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived hard and died young. But while their wild lifestyle did not endure, the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald continue to captivate modern readers.  Today on "Talk of Iowa" we'll talk with R. Clifton Spargo, author of "Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald."

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Hear Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, one of America's leading violinists, tonight at 7 with the Des Moines Symphony. She performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with what the Des Moines Register called "intense focus but a light touch... lilting through the middle section and scampering like a giddy squirrel through the finale."
Also on the progam: music from Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Franck's beautiful Symphony in D Minor. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

Live music is important to us here at IPR.  Because of that, we regularly travel to festivals and music venues to record musicians in live performance.  Then we bring the recordings back and share them with you on the radio.

On Sunday, April 21, The Folk Tree presents a live recording of Iowa legends Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, from the Temple for Performing Arts in Des Moines, in the 2:00 hour.  Then listen during the 3:00 hour for neo-traditionalist string band Crooked Still, recorded at the 2011 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City.

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Siegfried, the third part of Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle, airs live from the Metropolitan Opera starting at 10 AM Saturday on IPR Classical.  Jay Hunter Morris reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the title hero, and Deborah Voigt returns as Brunnhilde.

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An epic tale from Pushkin meets the irresistible melodies and dances of Tchaikovsky in Eugene Onegin - and you can hear the Des Moines Metro Opera's production in an encore broadcast on IPR's Arias in April series tonight, Saturday April 20th, at 7 p.m . Iowa’s own John Moore, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the title role, and Jane Shaulis, who has also sung at the Met, is Filippyevna. Other cast members include Jan Cornelius, Elise Qualgliata, and Cody Austin.

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Have you ever felt at a loss to understand certain music?  April is Public Radio Music Month, and we are taking the opportunity to highlight classical and operatic music.  Today we give you some tools for listening to classic music styles with some short excerpts and two music experts who will show you how to truly appreciate the genre.

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Christopher The Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of A Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying seated at the piano.  He's backed by The Black Gold Brass Band, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section.  Joining them is a rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and Ford's keys.  The full band performed live in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on June 27, 2012.  Tune in for a

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Des Moines Symphony – Nadja Plays Mendelssohn

Joseph Giunta, music director
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

WAGNER                               Music from Die Meistersinger
MENDELSSOHN                Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.
FRANCK                                 Symphony in d Minor

On Sunday, April 14, The Folk Tree takes you to one of the hippest venues in Iowa, CSPS in Cedar Rapids.  In the 2:00 hour, we'll hear upstate New York singer-songwriter and percussionist Karen Savoca, accompanied by guitarist Pete Heitzman, from a concert recorded in October 2011.  Then in the 3:00 hour, we offer the first taste of a recording made just this past January: seasoned folksinger Tom Paxton.

We'll also have some live guests stopping by for an interview.  Red Horse is a trio consisting of three great singer-songwriters: Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky

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Orchestra Iowa – Star-Crossed Lovers
Timothy Hankewich, music director
Frank Oden, actor

Live music is important to us here at IPR.  Because of that, we regularly travel to festivals and music venues to record musicians in live performance.  Then we bring the recordings back and share them with you on the radio.  On Sunday, April 7, The Folk Tree presents two live recordings from the 2010 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City. 

During the 2:00 hour, it's indie-roots duo The Pines.  David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey are both Iowa natives, but they first met and began playing together in Arizona, and they're now based out of the Twin Cities.

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Bonne Finken's remarkably versatile voice allows her to transcend genres effortlessly.  One moment, the Iowan is melting your heart with a classic soul-inspired ballad.  The next, she's making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop.  Join us for a live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective, recorded in IPR's Cedar Falls studios on November 15, 2011.  Tune in Thursday, April 11 in the 7:00 pm hour of Studio One.

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When poet Cornelius Eady was a teenager, he carried around a guitar he didn't know how to play. After decades of publishing poetry in many forms, he's making that teenager happy with two new music releases.

Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, he is an award winning playwright, and he is also a musician. It is his poetry that has brought him to Iowa this week as part of the Mission Creek festival in Iowa City.

Hunter Capoccioni

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Past & Present, Hunter Capoccioni

Jason Weinberger, music director
Hunter
Capoccioni, bass

MOZART                              La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621, “March” and “Overture”
HARBISON                         Concerto for Bass Viol
BARBER                               Suite from Medea, Op. 23

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Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he conveys through all of his records.  Whitmore stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on July 11, 2012, playing and singing for a very appreciative audience.  We'll feature a set from that performance in the first hour of the Thursday, April 4 edition of Studio One.

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The band, Divine Fits, has been billed as an indie rock super group. The band was co-founded by Britt Daniel, most famous as the frontman for the band Spoon, and Canadian Rocker Dan Boeckner, of the bands Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Last year they released their first album, “A Thing Called Divine Fits.”

In the second part of the program, the music continues! The host of IPR's "Java Blend", Ben Kieffer, shares his experiences over the years, interviewing musicians from Iowa and across the country.

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  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.

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April concludes with an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of The Merry Widow. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of the fictional country of Ponteverdo in an effort to save the country’s failing economy. Lehar’s score is full of luscious waltzes, including “Vilia” and “The Merry Widow Waltz.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.

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