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We're not sure what to call them - "long-forms"? "essays"? - but some IPR posts take extra time to explore the landscape of classical music and what it tells us about our world. IPR's new Classical Barn page lets you find these posts quickly and easily. Click on the link to explore for yourself!

Orchestra Iowa has a new concert master, Dawn Gingrich . She says she fell in love with the violin when she was three. “I was constantly exposed to lots of great concerts,” she says. “When I was three years old, there was a women playing the violin at a concert I attended with my parents, and she had a terrific dress on. That’s really what stuck with me. I was reportedly insistent about violin lessons after that.” A concert master is the principle violinist with an orchestra, second in line...

Red Cedar Chamber Music

A century ago, a couple named the Brintons from Washington, Iowa, assembled one of the world's great collections of silent films. Now, a historian in the town, Michael Zahs, has rediscovered and rehabilitated this trove - and in the coming weeks you can sample it as one of Iowa's most creative musical groups, Red Cedar Chamber Music , tours our state, accompanying the films with its unique mix of live music. They call it " The Brinton Silent Film Project , " and last week they came to IPR's...

Sunday Baroque

Suzanne Bona, flutist and host of Sunday Baroque, knows her Bach. In honor of his birthday, this Sunday from 8am to noon she's devoting her entire program to his music. Suzanne appreciates many different styles of Bach playing and has a keen ear for performances that turn out special. Which works and recordings will she choose? Tune in and find out! Afterwards, Barney will host four hours of music that's NOT by Bach - although some of it will be by Bach's family members, predecessors and...

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Last week, a suit over a Marvin Gaye song put copyright into the headlines ; but last year, the top copyright stories involved classical music. I wrote about one of those stories in a previous post , and now want to tell you about an even more memorable one. It's an ingenious study of Italian opera before 1900 , and it has important things to tell us about our own future legislative battles. The authors, Stanford economists Petra Moser and Michela Giorcelli , noticed that Italy offered them a...

It was a good year for chamber music, orchestras, fusion and harmonies. That's according to two of IPR's music hosts who shared their favorite recordings of 2014.

Fan of classical music? Most likely, the answer is no. Pianist George Lepauw is trying to change that.

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Project Trio were in Iowa recently for a performance schedule that included being a part of WCF Symphony's season opening concert on Oct. 11. The Brooklyn, NY three-piece also stopped by IPR's Studio One for music and conversation. Project Trio (Greg Pattillo on flute, Peter Seymour on bass, Eric Stephenson on cello) delightfully blur the edges of musical genres, as you can hear right here!

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In what ways could music relate to the human voice without Auto-Tune or even, necessarily, language - or, for that matter, even singing? New classical CDs are exploring a fascinating range of possibilities, and several are either by or about Iowans. In reverse chronological order, here are five standouts: 1. Erin Gee: Mouthpieces - Gee, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, et al. (col legno) . Erin Gee, who was raised in Iowa and earned two music degrees at the University of Iowa, has won...

He would have cranked up his radio louder and louder as his hearing got worse, but there's no doubt that if public radio had existed, Beethoven would have been an addict. And according to Jan Swafford, "People who knew Beethoven said politics was his favorite subject." So in addition to IPR Classical, I'd bet LvB would have had a preset for IPR's News/Talk stream. Do you seriously think this man would have missed an episode of All Things Considered? Swafford, author of the new biography,...

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In May, Simon Estes came to IPR to talk about his life and work, and one hour seemed way too short! His history is extraordinary: his grandparents were slaves, his father was a miner in Centerville, IA , then a major coal town, and he grew up to become one of the world's greatest opera singers. He broke many color barriers, including becoming the first black man to sing lead roles at the Bayreuth Festival (founded by Richard Wagner to showcase his operas). Dr. Estes has now sung at all the...

Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat. DiDonato has posted the text of her speech on her own website, and it's well worth 10 minutes of your time, whether you're an aspiring artist or need a gentle reminder or two about creativity. Here, though, is the bullet-point version for an extra-quick boost: You will never make...

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Violist Nadia Sirota - a leading advocate of new music, and former student of Jason Weinberger - recently joined the WCFSymphony to perform "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" - works written for her by Judd Greenstein and Daniel Bjarnson. Then Weinberger led the orchestra in the sumptuous (but violin-free) Serenade no. 2 of Brahms. Hear the concert on Symphonies of Iowa, Sunday at 12 noon or Monday at 7 PM on IPR Classical.

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What led three awesome soloists - Julia Bullard (viola), Hannah Holman (cello), and Susanna Klein (violin) - to form an ensemble, and why did they call it "Trio 826"? Hear the answers, and examples of their superb playing, in the live session they broadcast from IPR's studio last fall. They're performing Thursday night at 8 at Davis Hall at University of Northern Iowa, then Saturday night at the Hillel Foundation in Iowa City , and then Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Tri-State Jewish Center in...

Tonight at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the award-winning composer Laura Kaminsky , painter Rebecca Allen , physicist Robert Davies, and The F r y Street Quartet will join forces for an interdisciplinary exploration of climate change called The Crossroads Project. It's part of a week-long UI residency by the quartet, which also includes a concert Thursday night at Riverside Recital Hall. Yesterday, Kaminsky spoke with Barney Sherman about how she composed the Pulitzer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH45A6ek45s A couple of years ago, music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis decided to make some alterations to the music of Luciano Berio . Berio was one of the most famous classical composers of the 20th century, a man internationally recognized for the dramatic power of his compositions. But Margulis didn't worry much about disrupting Berio's finely crafted music. After loading his most famous piece into a computer editing program, she just randomly started...

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Mozart was 23 when he wrote a concerto so rich that not even he would ever surpass it. It's for Violin and Viola (K. 364) and when Orchestra Iowa performed the work recently, i nstead of bringing in touring soloists, they shined the spotlight on their own first violinist Luke Witchger and principal violist Lisa Ponton. They were amazing: You can hear them on this week's Symphonies of Iowa broadcasts, Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM. Another highlight of the concert is Shostakovich's First...

Just an ordinary weekend in Iowa: Sure, if you were in London you could hear the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Beethoven and Bruckner, and next weekend, see Sadler's Wells dance a Stravinsky double-bill. But think of the traffic and the cost of living! Meanwhile, here in Iowa? This month's Iowa Arts Showcase , which you can hear Saturday at 11 or 5, gives some in-depth background, but meanwhile - check it out: In Cedar Falls Saturday night the wcfsymphony and Jason Weinberger premiere a new...

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When someone shouted " Osmo, come home ,” it touched off "five minutes of clamorous applause, which quickly turned rhythmic." That demonstration was in Minneapolis this weekend, says the New York Times , which adds: "s ince m anagement lifted its 16-month lockout of the players" of the Minnesota Orchestra "over a contract dispute, in January, the musicians have typically been greeted as conquering if battered heroes. But the man of the moment, it became increasingly clear, was Osmo Vanska, 61...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5BoFihAJw Orchestras and classical musicians all around the country are trying to figure out new ways of reaching audiences, from playing at IKEA (the Detroit Symphony Orchestra) to hosting fantasy camps (violin legend Itzhak Perlman ). The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra pioneered its own experiment Saturday night, when they invited the public to play with them, if only for a few minutes, in an initiative dubbed #OrchestraYou . After a concert at Newark's New...

It's Bach's Birthday! - or is it? The calendars in Eisenach on the day of his birth read March 21st, but back in 1685 Thuringians were still using the Julian calendar, so our equivalent date is "March 31st," ("equivalent" in being about ten days after the vernal equinox). But old habits die hard, especially addictive ones, and Bach is by far my primary addiction. How about if we just party for ten days? If you're a regular listener [first, THANK YOU!; second:] you'll know that for me, a day...

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Two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. They told Barney Sherman about composing Roma music in Moscow, performing with Eugene Hutz at Madonna's birthday party, and reading a scene in Dostoevsky that connects Roma and Klezmer musicians. And they demonstrated the special sound and style of their instruments. You can hear this in-studio session by clicking on this link or by...

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If you missed the in-studio live set of Renaissance music by Fathom, not to worry - Fortune has smiled on you! You can listen to the mp3 with the widget below or to a WAV file at this link. The group performed music written from the 1400s through February, 2014 (by Mary Larew, a native of Iowa and member of Fathom), all of it focused on the theme of Lady Luck. The six members of Fathom each have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are: Mary Larew ...

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Join us Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear selections from the Ames concert by one of today's leading Baroque ensembles, Trio Settecento. Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, cellist/ gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader perform music of the Italian Baroque as guests of Ames Town and Gown. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.

Tune in at 3pm for a live in-studio concert of Renaissance music by the NY-based group Fathom. Its six members, including two Iowans, have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are: Iowa's own Mary Larew, a composer, singer, and instrumentalist, who recently finished her Ph.D. in medieval music at the UK's University of York, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Viola da gamba virtuosos Loren Ludwig of Grinnell College, Zoe Weiss, and Kivie Cahn-Lipman...

Des Moines Symphony

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...

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Richard Strauss scored "Die Frau ohne Schatten" for, count 'em, 164 instruments; the percussion alone include "glass harmonica, 4 timpani, 5 Chinese gongs, cymbals, snare drum, rute, sleigh bells, bass drum, tenor drum, big field drum, triangle, tambourine, 2 castanets, tamtam, whip (slapstick), xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, 2 celestas." Budgets alone would make performance rare, as do scenery challenges (like a golden waterfall and, we're not making this up, children singing out of a...

S. Takehana

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
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Schmidt Artists

Doctors told 15-year-old violin prodigy Augustin Hadelich he would never play again. A tractor fire at his family's farm had badly burned his upper body, including his bowing arm. But after many months of physical therapy Hadelich came back - and now, at age 29, he has won top international awards, been entrusted with two consecutive Stradivarius violins, and earned praise from critics like Alex Ross, who wrote in The New Yorker that Hadelich has not only "fast-fingered brilliance" but also ...

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...

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