8:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Prokofiev & Shostakovich with Nosikova, Jones

William LaRue Jones, Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Iowa
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Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear two irresistible works from 20th-Century Russia performed by the U of Iowa Symphony led by William LaRue Jones.

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2:35 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

NY Phil's "CONTACT!" Thursday at 7PM

The young American conductor Jayce Ogren, who leads the New York Philharmonic in this week's broadcast.
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"These are pieces we really wanted to play." That's the unifying theme for the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! new music series, given at the Metropolitan Museum, and you can hear the latest concert Thursday at 7 PM. The young American conductor Jayce Ogren leads the world premieres of two Philharmonic commissions, Andy Akiho’s Oscillate and Jude Vaclavik’s SHOCK WAVES, as well as the New York premiere of Andrew Norman’s Try. Then,music director Alan Gilbert leads the U.S.

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9:03 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Mahler "Symphony of a Thousand" Live

Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Join us Wednesday at 7PM to hear what the Telegraph called "a performance of cosmic impact" by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Mariss Jansons.

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4:43 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Biran & WCFSO in Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, Dahl

Israeli pianist Dror Biran
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Tune in Monday at 7PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in concert. Dror Biran - "one of Israel's most admired and gifted pianists" - performs Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Before that, Jason Weinberger conducts the orchestra in Kodaly's Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, also called the Peacock Variations because its theme is the Hungarian folk song Fly, Peacock Fly.

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6:40 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Muti & Chicago Symphony in Bruckner 6th

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti conducting
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Tune in Sunday at 2pm to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and music director Riccardo Muti perform Mozart's Symphony no 25 and Anton Bruckner's noble Symphony no. 6. CSO concertmaster Robert Chen begins the concert with Paganini's First Violin Concerto.

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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
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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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2:19 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Perlman plays Vivaldi, conducts Mozart

Itzhak Perlman playing his Stradivarius violin (previously owned by Yehudi Menuhin)
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Join us Friday at 7PM to hear Itzhak Perlman conduct the San Francisco Symphony in Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"  (he  also plays the violin solos) and in Mozart's great "Prague" Symphony, no. 38 in D major.  The concert continues with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Tchaikovsky's powerful Fourth Symphony and Berlioz's  colorful "Roman Carnival" Overture.

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11:10 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Spoleto Festival Series Starts Today

The St. Lawrence String Quartet

Tune in this morning at 10AM for the first in a series of broadcasts from the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival, one of America's leading music events. Our first episode features the St. Lawrence String Quartet (one of the world's finest) playing a pinnacle of the repertory - Haydn's op. 76 no 2 - as well as the noted American violinist Livia Sohn and Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, who join the St. Lawrence in Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano, & String Quartet.

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8:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Dudamel/LA in Bach and More

Gustavo Dudamel, the young Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Tune in tonight at 7  as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel tread where few orchestras dare: they perform a Bach cantata ("Eternity, O Word of Thunder," BWV 60). Also on the program is Felix Mendelssohn's Bach-inspired "Reformation" Symphony, Moravian composer Leos Janacek's Sinfonietta, and Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 3,with soloist Martin Chalfour.

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5:10 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Schrecker's "The Stigmatized" from LA

James Conlon, music director of the LA Opera
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Tune in Saturday at 12 noon to hear the LA Opera's production of Franz Schrecker's "The Stigmatized" - an opera that caused a sensation at its 1918 premiere, but was later banned by the Third Reich and has rarely been revived. The music of Schrecker is a personal cause of LA Opera's conductor James Conlon; Saturday he gives us a rare chance to hear Schrecker's opera in performance.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
6:42 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Beethoven's Ninth Friday Afternoon

Ludwig van Beethoven painted in 1823, while he was in the midst of composing his Ninth Symphony.
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Tune in Friday at 3 PM to hear Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Over the past two months Barney Sherman has cycled through notable recent recordings of the other eight, led by conductors Osmo Vanska, Jos van Immerseel, Andrew Manze, Joshua Bell, Paavo Jarvi, Ivan Fischer, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.  Whose Ninth will complete the cycle? Hint: it will be very different from the others. Join us at around 3 PM to hear it!

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10:25 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Concierto Explores Classical's Hispanic Riches

Frank Dominguez, host of Concierto
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Tune in every Saturday from 8 am to 10 AM for Concierto, hosted by Frank Dominguez in both Spanish and English. Frank pays special attention to the contributions of Latin-American and Spanish composers as well as to performances of core repertory by great musicians of Hispanic origin, such as Claudio Arrau, Martha Argerich, and Gustavo Dudamel. This week's show includes music of Smetana and Schubert  as well as Sojo, Blasco, Soler, and more, performed by a number of musicians including Daniel Barenboim and Mirian Conti.

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8:39 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Lang & Dudamel in Tchaikovsky, Nielsen, Schumann

Lang Lang rehearsing with the Sydney Symphony
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Tune in tonight at 7 to hear just how amazingly Chinese superstar Lang Lang is playing these days - he's no longer a wunderkind, but a major artist. Also, the young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic perform two great symphonies. The broadcast begins with Lang performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1; then Dudamel conducts Carl Nielsen's Fourth (the "Inextinguishable") and Robert Schumann's Third (the "Rhenish"). The broadcast comes to us via SymphonyCast.

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11:39 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players on IPR

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Tune in tonight at 7  to hear the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, and a work by Cedar Rapids-born composer Michael Daugherty, Diamonds in the Rough.  The performances, recorded at the inauguration of the Opus Concert Cafe in Cedar Rapids, feature Anita Tucker and Samuel Rudy on the violins, Lisa Ponton on viola, Cary Bostian on cello, Christine Bellomy on clarinet, and Tom Mackey on percussion. The concert is an IPR re-broadcast.

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7:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

LA Opera's "Foscaris" Saturday at Noon

Placido Domingo as Francesco Foscari and Marina Poplavskaya as Lucrezia Contarini in the LA Opera's "The Two Foscaris."
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Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state desperate to protect his son - and himself - from ruthless enemies, as the LA Opera return to IPR with Verdi's "The Two Foscaris." The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, the father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city without mercy. The strong cast also includes Francesco Meli and Marina Poplavskaya.

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10:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hear Trifonov (seriously!). 7 PM Thursday

Russian pianist Daniel Trifonov.
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Every four years the International Tchaikovsky Competition considers giving a pianist its First Prize. Some years it just doesn't. But in 2011 it gave Daniel Trifonov not only a First for piano, but also its overall Gold Medal. (He also took first at the Rubinstein Competition in Israel.) Hear him perform Prokofiev's marvelous Third Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic on Thurday night's concert broadcast. The orchestra also performs Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade under music director Alan Gilbert.

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8:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Concertgebouw/Boulez Mahler 7th Tues.

Mahler's composition hut on the shores of Lake Worth in the Austrian alps, where he composed his Seventh Symphony.
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Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Pierre Boulez, performs Mahler's 7th Symphony in concert. The orchestra gave the work's second performance under Mahler's baton in 1909; Boulez is one of its noted interpreters. Mahler wrote the work, sometimes called "The Song of the Night," in his composition hut in the Austrian alps (pictured). Also on this SymphonyCast broadcast are Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra.

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4:09 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Des Moines-Inspired Work on SOI Monday

One of the works in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines - the inspiration for the composition by Steve Heitzeg premiered by the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
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Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the 75th Season inaugural concert of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Featured is a new work based on the art in Des Moines' Pappajohn Sculpture Park, written by Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzig. Also on the program are Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Wagner’s Lohengrin preludes, and music from the score Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote for the film Captain Blood. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts.

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9:37 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Lyric's Oklahoma! ("a revelation") Saturday

John Cudia, Ashley Brown and cast in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Oklahoma"
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The waving wheat will sure sound sweet when the Lyric Opera of Chicago performs Oklahoma! Saturday at noon. One critic calls the production "a joyous revelation, establishing beyond a doubt that Oklahoma! deserves this sort of stature and venue....  the score is is rich and lovely in its deceptively simple, thoroughly American-bred melodies. The beauty of the voices singing them is soon foretold when John Cudia begins 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’' in a baritone that one can’t get enough of...." Hear it for yourself on IPR Classical!

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7:59 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Hear Ax in Schumann and Haydn

Emmanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma after a concert
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Why is Yo-Yo Ma pointing to his recital buddy, Emmanuel Ax? Find out why Ax is IT this afternoon when Barney Sherman plays his new recording of Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, and again at 7PM, when Ax performs a Haydn concerto with the New York Philharmonic. As you'll hear, no pianist plays Schumann and Haydn better. Also on the New York Philharmonic program: Christopher Rouse's Symphony no. 3 (his take on Prokofiev), and music director Alan Gilbert's symphonic synthesis of music from Wagner's Ring Cycle.

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10:19 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Hear Staatskapelle "Mesmerize" at Carnegie

The Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann
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Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the glorious Staatskapelle Dresden's recent Carnegie Hall appearance with their new music director, Christian Thielemann. The critics called their performance of Bruckner's  magnum opus, his Eighth Symphony, "mesmerizing" and "rapturous." Hear it for yourself on tonight's SymphonyCast.

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3:02 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Yang's Grieg, Giunta's Mahler 5th from DM

Joyce Yang, the Avery Fischer-winning pianist
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Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM to hear the Grieg Concerto played by Joyce Yang (called "the most gifted young pianist of her generation") with the Des Moines Symphony. Yang, a winner of the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant, has performed recently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert begins with Sibelius's stirring Finlandia and closes with Mahler's powerful Symphony no. 5 conducted by music director Joseph Giunta.

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10:02 am
Thu July 4, 2013

July 4th Classical Extraganza All Day

Fourth of July fireworks
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Hankering for the best in Independence Day classical music? Tune in to IPR's Classical stream. You'll hear favorites (and new delights) throughout the day, and on Performance Today at 5 PM (including "Shenandoah" sung by the St. Olaf Choir) and then a concert by the New York Philharmonic with a special guest appearance by the Jazz Knights from the West Point Band.

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7:57 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Live from DM, It's Yankee Doodle Pops!

Maestro Joseph Giunta directs the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra at the Yankee Doodle Pops concert.
Credit Christopher Maharry, courtesy Des Moines Symphony

Join us at 8 PM on Wednesday, July 3rd for this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert - LIVE from Des Moines!   Jared McCarty, winner of the symphony’s “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest, will kick off the concert at 8:30 with the Star Spangled Banner. The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta will continue with favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard.

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10:05 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaham in Mendelssohn, "Butterfly"

Gil Shaham, the Israel-born, Illinois-raised violin master.

Tune in this afternoon and evening to hear the glorious Gil Shaham on record and in concert. The Israel-born, Illinois-bred violinist leads the International Sejong Soloists in Mendelssohn's Octet - surely the greatest work ever written by a 16 year old - on Barney Sherman's show. Then, on Performance Today, he plays the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, written in China in 1959.  When a friend introduced him to the work a few years ago, his friend burst into tears because the music was so emotional.  Hear Shaham play it, and see if it moves you, too.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for July 7 and July 8, 2013

Guest Pianist Joyce Yang
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Des Moines Symphony – Grieg Piano Concerto & Mahler 5

Joseph Giunta, music director
Joyce Yang, guest pianist

SIBELIUS                             Finlandia
GRIEG                                   Piano Concerto
MAHLER                              Symphony No. 5                       

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