Public Radio Music Month

It's Public Radio Music Month! Help us celebrate all April long with on-air specials and exclusive web content. 

Visit Public Radio Music Month to get involved, spread the word and check out exclusive web content like interviews and performances from artists who got their start with public radio. 

Music
12:28 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Vinyl's Comeback & the Rise of Music Streaming

Daytrotter albums at Ragged Records, in Davenport
Ragged Records / facebook

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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Classical
10:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Philadelphia's Carnegie Triumph, at 7 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin take a bow at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
Credit musical photo man (at Flickr.com)

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.

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Classical
4:45 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Iowa-Inspired Music from the WCFSO

Barn near Cedar Falls, photographed by Jason Weinberger, music director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra
Credit Jason Weinberger (via Flickr)

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.

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The Folk Tree
1:49 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Peter Mayer, Iowa Opera House Project spotlighted on The Folk Tree

Photo by Lisa Harrison

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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Classical
9:58 am
Thu April 25, 2013

NYPhil's Mozart, Beethoven, & French Mystics

The New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City - the location of this week's broadcast concert.
Credit Yuan2003, Flickr.com

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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Studio One
11:33 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Live set from The Envy Corps

Credit theenvycorps.com

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.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 28 and April 29, 2013

Credit 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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Classical
9:33 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

DMSO and Nadja on Symphonies of Iowa

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

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.

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The Folk Tree
10:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey, Crooked Still featured on The Folk Tree this Sunday

Photo by Jim Herrington

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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Classical
10:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Met's "Ring" Cycle Part 3, Saturday at 10 AM

Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Martina Serafin as Sieglinde
Credit Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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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Classical
10:14 am
Thu April 18, 2013

DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm

Scene from the Des Moines Metro Opera's 40th Anniversary Season production of Eugene Onegin, to be broadcast on IPR Saturday at 7 PM.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

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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Talk of Iowa
12:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Appreciating Classical Music

CaZaTo Ma / flickr

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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Studio One
10:47 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Live set from Christopher The Conquered

Credit Christopher The Conquered

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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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 21 and April 22, 2013

Guest violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

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

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The Folk Tree
11:53 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Live Recordings, Live Guests on The Folk Tree this week

Photo courtesy of Red Horse

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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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 14 and April 15, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

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

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The Folk Tree
11:24 am
Fri April 5, 2013

The Pines, Sarah Jarosz featured on this week's edition of The Folk Tree

Photo courtesy of sarahjarosz.com

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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Studio One
9:33 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Live set from Bonne Finken and The Collective

Credit bonnefinkenblogspot.com

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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Symphonies of Iowa
10:38 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 7 and April 8, 2013

Guest Artist Hunter Capoccioni
Credit 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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Studio One
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Live Set from William Elliott Whitmore

Credit npr.org

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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Iowa Arts Showcase
12:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase April 6, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vladimir Gorbach, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America competition
Credit crossingsatcarnige.com

  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.

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Performance Iowa
12:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow

Scene from CROT's 2012 production of The Merry Widow
Credit 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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Performance Iowa
11:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus

Scene from the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's 2011 performance of Die Fledermaus
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Arias in April series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013. This New Year’s Eve farce is filled with revenge, comedy, seduction, false identities, romance, and politics. UNI students excelled performing Strauss II’s operetta melodies and waltzes. Composed in only forty-two nights, this libretto has enraptured audiences since its debut in 1874.

This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.

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Performance Iowa
11:49 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Arias in April with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This epic tale set from Pushkin’s novel in verse, tells the fateful story of youthful Tatiana falling in love with the mysterious and self-absorbed Onegin. Tchaikovsky’s irresistible melodies and trademark dances reflect the Russian atmosphere of his homeland.

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Performance Iowa
11:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April features an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow) on April 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 2012 season after also performing it in their first year. The cast includes Joyce El-Khoury as Magda de Civry, making her Des Moines Metro Opera debut after being featured in Opera News and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier.

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Symphonies of Iowa
11:25 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for March 31 & April 1, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Orchestra Iowa Chamber: Concert 3
LECLAIR                                 Sonata for 2 Violas, Op. 12 #2
BOCCHERINI                         Trio in D minor, Op. 54, No. 5
MENDELSSOHN                    Quintet No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 87

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Performance Iowa
9:53 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

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Live Music Events
11:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Amara Piano Quartet live concert broadcast

Photo courtesy of Joanne Rile Artists Management

Join  hosts Jacqueline Halbloom and Curt Snook as IPR Classical comes to you live from Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in Ames with a performance by the Amara Piano Quartet on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.  This program is part of our Performance Iowa series.

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