Composer Steve Heitzeg with Maestro Joseph Giunta after the Des Moines Symphony premiers Heitzeg’s work “Symphony In Sculpture”. The Des Moines Symphony has commissioned Heitzeg to compose a sequel to that work this season.
Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa showcases an encore broadcast of the wcfsymphony’s “Spaces: Mahler 1 and World Premiere” concert this week. The program, which includes two Canzon by Gabrieli and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 also features the world premiere of a new work by composer Brooke Joyce called Une Cité Moderne. Brooke currently serves as the Composer-in-Residence at Luther College and is the newly elected president of the Iowa Composers Forum.
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.
If you missed wcfsymphony’s deeply moving commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogrom that marked the beginning of the Final Solution, join us for a rebroadcast Monday night. On the broadcast, music director Jason Weinberger (who conceived of and organized the event) tells Jacqueline Halbloom about his grandparents, all four of whom survived Nazi camps.
Hear Joe Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and a lesser-known gem, based on Scottish folk melodies, Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. The soloist in the Bruch is the award-winning young Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura. Also on the program: Wagner's Rienzi Overture and Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier suite. The broadcast, on Sunday at 12 noon and Monday at 7PM, is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
Join Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s performance with Fumiaki Miura, a young Japanese violinist as he makes his debut with the Des Moines Symphony. Miuara, winner of the international Joseph Joachim Violin Competition will join the symphony for an inspiring performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Also included on this program is Strauss’s romantic Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
Featuring: Joseph Giunta, conductor Fumiaki Miura, guest violin
Join us tonight at 7 to hear Orchestra Iowa principal players delight with masterpieces for horn by Haydn and Mozart and a supreme works for string by Brahms. Principal horn Andy Harris shines in a Divertimento by Haydn and the Horn Quintet by Mozart; he's joined by the orchestra's new concertmaster Luke Witchger and by Karla Galva, violist Lisa Ponton, cellist Carey Bostian, and double-bassist Volkon Orhan. Then five strings players come together for the masterpiece that Brahms meant to be his final work - his String Quintet no. 2.
Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as four Orchestra Iowa members perform overlooked gems by Mozart, Schubert and Faure. They start with an unfinished String Trio by the teenage Schubert, continue with a Piano Trio in C major that Mozart wrote while working on his "Jupiter" Symphony, then come together for a powerful Piano Quartet in G Minor by Faure, his second. The four superb soloists - violinist Xian Meng, violist Lisa Ponton, cellist Carey Bostian, and pianist Miko Kominami - were recorded last September as part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.
The first Orchestra Iowa Chamber concert of the 2013-2014 season, entitled Fall Romance, includes the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. This program features violinists Luke Witchger and Karla Galva, violists Lisa Ponton and Amanda Grimm, cellist Carey Bostian, bass Volkan Orhon, and Charles Harris on horn. Please join Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa for our broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Showcase Chamber Fall Romance performance.
The wcfsymphony takes the stage with flair in this week's Symphonies of Iowa on Iowa Public Radio. Special guest pianist and Iowa native Conor Hanick joins the orchestra to perform John Adams Century Rolls. Inspired by the edgy and rhythmic sound of piano rolls on a player-piano, the piano concerto quotes composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin, and Fats Waller amidst the musical image of an orchestra "aligned amongst the cogs and wheels of a bustling rhythmic machine."
Join us tonight at 7 PM as Joseph Giunta begins his 25th season leading the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra with an all-Russian program. It features his favorite post-Romantic symphony - Rachmaninov's Second- plus the return to Des Moines of Ilya Yakushev, a prize-winning Russian pianist, who plays Prokofiev's scintillating Third Concerto. The broadcast is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
When Barney Sherman started planning his career in classical music, his supervisor told him, “Don’t even think about it, classical music is dying…the stations are closing, everyone’s looking for another career, it’s over.” But, 23 years later, Sherman is a Senior Music Producer at Iowa Public Radio, and Iowa’s classical industry is thriving.
Not that Iowa’s symphonies have not gone through some evolution.
This week on Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa, internationally renowned pianist Ilya Yakushev takes the stage with Maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in their 76th season debut program, From Russia With Ilya.
Join us Monday at 7PM as the 2013-2014 Symphonies of Iowa season opens with Orchestra Iowa's "Bachtoberfest." The concert, which pays tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, opens with his Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, originally for organ but orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet. It is followed by a tribute to the master by Timothy Kramer, BACH meets EsCHer. It closes with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, the"Reformation," which was strongly influenced by that composer's love of Bach.
Concluding the encore portion of Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa 2013-2014 season on Monday, January 14, 2014 at 7 p.m., the Des Moines Symphony presents one of the most beloved and recognizable works of all time, Greig’s Piano Concerto, performed by guest artist Joyce Yang. As a Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, Ms. Yang’s performances capture audiences and leave them breathless. Also included on this program is the famous tone poem Finlandia, by Sibelius and Mahler’s poetic Symphony No. 5.
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series’ encore broadcast Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7 p.m., Orchestra Iowa concludes their 2012-2013 symphonic season with the world-premiere of Michael Daugherty’s American Gothic. Michael Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids native and multiple Grammy-award winner. Orchestra Iowa commissioned this work, which was inspired by one of Grant Wood’s best-known paintings. Rachmaninov’s The Rock and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 complete the program.
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series’ encore broadcast Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7 p.m., Maestro Mark Russell Smith leads the Quad City Symphony in the 100th anniversary performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which was first performed in 1913. This completes Maestro Smith’s cycle of Stravinsky ballets, which included Petrushka in 2009 and the Firebird in 2010. They also perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Featured on Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series broadcast Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. is the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s encore Classics 5 Russia’s Greatest performance. This performance includes music from three of Russia’s greatest composers. Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor has been praised for its robust melodies, and the Russian Easter Festival Overture and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov are filled with joy and orchestral color.
Join us Monday at 7PM to explore The Planets, with the music of Gustav Holst and insights from artist Gary Kelley and music director Jason Weinberger, who conducts the wcfsymphony. This Symphonies of Iowa rebroadcast was produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
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.
Jason Weinberger, Artistic Director and CEO Gary Kelley, artist
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.
On Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7 p.m., Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast featuring Orchestra Iowa.
On this performance Maestro Hankewich completes Orchestra Iowa’s Symphony cycle of the four symphonies by Brahms, which began in 2007. He programs his favorite symphony, Symphony No. 3. Roger Oyster, principal trombonist in the Kansas City Symphony, performs on the euphonium with Orchestra Iowa to present a concertino by Weber. The program opens with Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
On Monday, October 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa presents an encore broadcast of the Waterloo0-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, narrator Scott Cawelti, and the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra performance. Commissioned by the Blanden Memorial Art Museum and the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a three-movement work inspired by photographs of daily life in rural Iowa.
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series encore broadcast scheduled for Monday October 7, 2013 at 7 p.m., internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for a brilliant performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Tune in Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa presents "Star-Crossed Lovers" - music inspired by Shakespeare's tragic lovers, including a new work written in Iowa. After Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy and music from Prokofiev's ballet, we'll hear the dances from Bernstein's West Side Story, which transplanted the story to Harlem. But first, we'll hear Drive By, by Grinnell faculty member Eric McIntyre. Narrated by actor Frank Oden, it presents a unique twist on the story of Romeo and Juliet by combining orchestral nuance with beat poetry.
On Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast scheduled for Monday, September 30 at 7 p.m., Orchestra Iowa combines romantic tragedies with exciting new works to create an electric program called Star-Crossed Lovers. Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture of the same title will set the musical stage. You’ll enjoy a modern take on the evening’s theme with Drive By, by Iowa composer and Grinnell College faculty member Eric McIntyre.
Join us tonight to hear Hunter Capoccioni perform the Double-Bass Concerto written for him by the noted composer John Harbison. The International Society of Bassists commissioned the piece for Hunter in memory of his late father. Hunter is director of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival and a UNI faculty artist. Also on the program are selections from Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito and from Samuel Barber's ballet Medea. Jason Weinberger conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.
Join us Monday 7 PM as the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform a sonata for two violins by French Baroque composer Jean-Marie LeClair, a string trio by Luigi Boccherini, and the String Quintet no. 2 of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn, often described as the greatest prodigy in the history of music, wrote a radiant Quintet in his teens, then returned to the medium near the end of his life, producing the work featured in this broadcast. It is darker and more passionately intense than its predecessor. Hear it on this encore broadcast of Symphonies of Iowa, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
Tune in tonight at 7 as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, music from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," and two works of Liszt - BOTH piano concertos, played by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu, from Oakland, CA, won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn competition, and has since built a notable international career and discography. Joseph Giunta conducts in this encore presentation from IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.