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11:19 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Brucemorchestra LIVE! Tonight at 7 PM

Orchestra Iowa and Tim Hankewich performing at last year's Brucemorchestra concert.
Credit Orchestra Iowa

If you can't make it to Orchestra Iowa's annual outdoor concert at the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, tune in to IPR Classical to hear it live. Tim Hankewich and co. will perform three Russian masterpieces everyone knows (and loves!): the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (the basis of the song "Stranger in Paradise"); the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninoff, featuring Iowa's extraordinary Miko Kominami as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, with its rich drama, colorful evocations of Russian folk music, and barn-burning finale.

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Classical
2:35 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

WCFSO, Orchestra Iowa Outdoors on IPR

Tim Hankewich conducts Orchestra Iowa at Brucemorchestra in Cedar Rapids
Credit Orchestra Iowa

Two of Iowa's finest orchestra will perform outdoors this weekend, and IPR takes you there.  At RiverLoop Ampitheatre in Waterloo at 7:30 tonight, you can hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and a pair of Slavonic Dances (Jason Weinberger tells Barney Sherman about it in the first clip below). Then, Sunday night at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa performs an all-Russian program - Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky - to be broadcast live as part of IPR's Performance Iowa series.

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Classical
7:42 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Beach & Thuille from Spoleto Festival

The pioneering American composer Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Saturday at 10 AM for this week's Spoleto Chamber Music Festival broadcast, featuring the Piano Quintet by the pioneering American composer Amy Beach, and the delightful Sextet by the neglected Tyrolean master Ludwig Thuille. The stellar performers include the St. Lawrence String Quartet and leading American musicians such as horn player Eric Ruske.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

DiDonato & Cabell in Bellini from SF

Joyce DiDonato and Nicole Cabell in the San Francisco Opera's production of "The Montagues and the Capulets"
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us at noon for the San Francisco Opera's production of Bellini's "Montagues and Capulets." You couldn't ask for a better cast: as Romeo is no less than the great American mezzo Joyce DiDonato; as Juliet is Nicole Cabelle, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest.

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University Concert
3:35 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

This Week on University Concert

Photo courtesy of the Ames Piano Quartet

This week and next week on University Concert, we'll be airing a concert by the Ames Piano Quartet, recorded live in April of 2012.  It was the quartet's last performance under that name (they are now called the Amara Piano Quartet, and the last time they performed with their previous lineup: violinist Mahlon Darlington, violist Jonathan Sturm, cellist George Work, and pianist William David.  This week, we'll hear music by Brahms, Bridge, Dvorak, and more.

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Classical
11:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Kavakos' Korngold, Gilbert's Nielsen from NY

Greek violinist/ conductor Leonidas Kavakos
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the amazing Leonidas Kavakos play Korngold's Violin Concerto and Alan Gilbert conduct the New York Philharmonic in two symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - the greatest Viennese prodigy since Mozart - fled the Third Reich and afterwards made his living in Hollywood; his Violin Concerto is an outright masterpiece. As for Nielsen, he's been called "the most underrated composer of the 2oth century." Gilbert conducts the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and his Third (the Sinfonia Espansiva).

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Classical
10:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

MacMillan's Concerto for Repin

Scottish composer James MacMillan, CBE
Credit Philip Gatward, courtesy intermusica.co.uk

Join us tonight at 7 to hear Vadim Repin (called "the best and most perfect violinist I've ever heard" by Yehudi Menuhin) perform the concerto written for him by James MacMillan, whose "musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music." The concert also includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. It features the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Donald Runnicles.

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Classical
6:04 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Holvik, Weinberger, WCFSO Chamber Concert

The distinguished soprano Karen Holvik, a native of Cedar Falls, IA.
Credit Eastman School of Music

Tune in Monday at 7 PM as the Cedar Valley Chamber Festival, Iowa-born soprano Karen Holvik, and Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony join forces for a concert of chamber delights.

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Classical
5:36 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Berlioz & Shakespeare, Byron, Cooper

Hector Berlioz, as painted by Gustave Courbet
Credit wikipedia

Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores the literary imagination of French Romantic maverick Hector Berlioz. The concert begins with his Corsair (an overture first titled after a James Fenimore Cooper novel), continues with music from Romeo and Juliet (based on the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, of course), and continues with the viola c0ncerto/symphony Harold in Italy (based on Byron). As an encore, Susan Graham sings the delicious "Summer Nights," Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

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Classical
9:56 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

SF Opera Returns with Die Walkure

Mark Delavan as Wotan and Nina Stemme as Brunnhilde in the San Francisco Opera's Die Walkure
Credit Cory Weaver courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.

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Classical
8:38 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Stravinsky & Two Sorts of "Russian-ness"

Igor Stravinsky, drawn by his friend Pablo Picasso
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7 as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a concert that contrasts two kinds of "Russian-ness" in Stravinsky. "The Fairy's Kiss" is his loving tribute to Tchaikovsky; "Petroushka" bursts with Russian color and Russian folk themes.

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Classical
8:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Lugansky's Rach 3, Oundjian's Tchaikovsky

Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky
Credit Marco Borggreve, courtesy opus 3 Artists

Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as Nikolai Lugansky - the young Russian who was one of the artists listed by the New York Times as evidence that we live in a "golden age" of the piano - performs everyone's favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto, the Third. Then Peter Oundjian, who left a major career as a violinist to become a conductor, leads Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Performing is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which recently appointed Oundjian its music director.

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Classical
4:15 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Orchestra Iowa's Return to the Paramount

The refurbished Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.

Join us Monday at 7 PM for an encore broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's triumphant return to the Paramount Theatre, refurbished after the devastating flood of 2008. Music director Tim Hankewich leads the concert, which took place in November, 2012. It features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Waltzes, and Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. Jacqueline Halbloom is the producer and host of our Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
9:49 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Hamelin, Petrenko & CSO Russian Concert

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, the noted Canadian artist soloing in this week's Chicago Symphony concert
Credit Fran Kaufman, courtesy marcandrehamelin.com

Tune in at 2PM as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Canadian pianist extraordinaire, plays the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Shostakovich, and Kirill Petrenko debuts with the Chicago Symphony in Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff.  The young Russian maestro this year conducted the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth and became music director of the Bavarian State Opera.

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University Concert
4:13 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

This Week on University Concert

This week on University Concert, we'll hear selections from three 2010 concerts by the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a graduate student ensemble directed by Dr. William LaRue Jones.  They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.

University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state.  It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

Classical
10:29 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

"Power" and "Beauty" in LA's Tosca

Tosca (Sondra Radvanovsky) and Cavaradossi (Marco Berti) in the LA Opera’s "Tosca."
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Tune in at noon for Puccini's Tosca from the LA Opera. Sondra Radvanovsky, in the title role, provides what a critic called "a voice of power, but also a voice of great beauty." (He added, What an actress!) Marco Berti and the other singers also won high praise. And the conductor is none other than Placido Domingo.

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Classical
9:12 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hahn, SF & Vanska play Russians (& Finn)

American violin genius Hilary Hahn during a recent visit to NPR's studios
Credit BurntPixel at flickr.com

Join us at 7 PM when the great American violinist Hilary Hahn plays Prokofiev's first concerto with the San Francisco Symphony led by the Finnish maestro Osmo Vanska. Vanska also conducts the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, as well as a work written for him by his countryman Kalevi Aho, Minea. (This piece, written for Vanska's Minnesota Orchestra, is a "generally straightforward romp, in which principal players from throughout the large orchestra are tapped to play spotlighted roles.") Pictured is Hilary Hahn during  a recent visit to the studios of NPR!

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Classical
9:09 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Beethoven 1, 2 & 5 by Fischer & Concertgebouw

Ivan Fischer, noted Hungarian conductor, composer, and opera director
Credit Marco Borggreve from http://www.bfz.hu

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear Ivan Fischer (one of the great Beethoven conductors) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (voted the world's finest in an international poll) in Beethoven's First, Second, and Fifth Symphonies. The concert broadcast is part of our Live from the Concertgebouw series.

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Classical
9:41 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Lewis in Mozart, Harding in Schumann, Sibelius

British pianist Paul Lewis, whose Beethoven cycle won many international record awards.
Credit The Queen's Hall at flickr.com

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear pianist Paul Lewis - winner of many major awards-  play one of Mozart's greatest concertos, his 25th in C major. Then, another acclaimed young Briton, Daniel Harding, conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in two other masterpieces in C major: Schumann's Symphony no. 2 and Sibelius's Symphony no. 7.  The concert broadcast begins with Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music.

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Classical
6:07 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Kim's Bruch, DMSO's Dukas, Berlioz

Benny Kim - the rising young violinist born in Moline and trained by Doris Preucil of the Preucil School in Iowa City (and by Dorothy DeLay, teacher of Itzhak Perlman).

Tune in tonight at 7 for three Romantic masterpieces from the Des Moines Symphony. Benny Kim, a Quad Cities native who now has a major national career, solos in Bruch's Violin Concerto no. 1; and music director Joseph Giunta conducts Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (based on a poem by Goethe about the dangers of "a little learning") and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (a wild ride through love gone very, very wrong). The broadcast is part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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Classical
3:40 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

CSO (& flamenco singer) in Ravel, Debussy, Falla

The young Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
Credit Felix Broede courtesy harrisonparrott.com

Tune in Sunday at 2 pm to hear Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes his Chicago Symphony debut in music of Debussy, Ravel - and his countryman, Falla, performed with a flamenco singer from Spain. After Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin" and "Pavane for a Dead Princess" and Debussy's ballet "The Toy Box," Heras-Casado and the CSO are joined by cantaora Marina Heredia for Falla's "Love, the Magician."

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Classical
10:36 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Rossini's "Cinderella" from LA Opera

Kate Lindsey as Cinderella in the LA Opera's new production.
Credit Robbert Millard from LA Opera

Join us at noon for Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story -  a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast headed by Kate Lindsey.

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Classical
8:20 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Guitarist Jorge Caballero in Ames

Guitarist Jorge Caballero
Credit http://www.jcaballeroguitar.com

Tune in Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 6pm to hear guitarist Jorge Caballero in recital in Ames. He's the youngest musician (and only guitarist) to win the prestigious Naumburg International Competition; the New York Times called him a "superb young guitarist" with a rare combination of "a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona." His concert was sponsored by Ames Town & Gown and is broadcast as part of IPR's University Concert series.

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Classical
8:56 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Performance Today from Aspen

The Aspen Music Tent (and the Aspen scenery)
Credit eoshea from flickr.com

Every evening from 5 to 7 this week on Performance Today, you can hear what's happening at this year's Aspen Music Festival. Featured artists include established greats like guitarist Sharon Isbin and violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg as well as admired newcomers like violinists Ray Chen and Stefan Jackiw. Tune in to sample the music they're making this week in the Rockies!

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Classical
8:01 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Midori & Vanska in Sibelius, Debussy, Britten

Midori performing for schoolchildren
Credit gotomidori.com

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska perform Britten's Four Sea Pictures from Peter Grimes, Debussy's La Mer, and with Midori  - one of the world's foremost violinists - the concerto by Vanska's great compatriot Sibelius. This SymphonyCast concert broadcast also includes Debussy's L'Isle joyeuse ("The Joyful Island") and Clare de Lune, and the last two movements of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

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4:23 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Bach & Sons from Orchestra Iowa players

Johann Christian Bach, cousin of the Leipzig Bachs (the portrait was long thought to be of Wilhelm Friedemann, whose music is featured on this broadcast).
Credit Wikipedia

Tune in Monday at 7PM to hear music of Bach and sons performed by the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players.  Violist Lisa Ponton & harpsichordist Miko Kominami perform a sonata by Bach’s eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann; flutist Jane Walker & violinist Karla Galva play a duet by son #2, Carl Philipp Emanuel; then cellist Carey Bostian & oboist David Hempel join the others for a quintet by Bach’s youngest, Johann Christian (known in the Bach household as "Christel").

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Classical
3:52 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Sunday Baroque Goes From Bach to Scots

Suzanne Bona, host of Sunday Baroque, heard on IPR Classical every Sunday from 8AM to noon.
Credit Cincinatti Public Radio

Join host Suzanne Bona every Sunday morning from 8 to noon for a feast of Baroque music. She'll begin this week with Bach (and later on play his Cantata no. 147), make varied stops in Italy, Austria, Spain, France, and England (with special attention to Thomas Tallis), and end with an hour of music by composers born or resident in Scotland. Suzanne, who's also an accomplished flute player, brings you the best in music and performances every week.

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Classical
10:34 am
Sat August 10, 2013

LA Opera "Flying Dutchman" at Noon

The LA Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman"
Credit Robert Millard, courtesy of LA Opera

Tune in at noon for LA Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." The legend of a ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever is made vivid by Wagner's enthralling music. The result is a thrilling journey into a mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption. James Conlon, a noted Wagnerian, conducts, and Icelandic baritone Tomas Tomasson sings the cursed mariner.

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