John Pemble http://iowapublicradio.org en Modern Folk in a Classical Music Environment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/modern-folk-classical-music-environment <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 36258 at http://iowapublicradio.org Modern Folk in a Classical Music Environment Nontraditional Collection of Traditional Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nontraditional-collection-traditional-music <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most albums are a group of songs acquired as a single body of music on a vinyl record, CD, or download, but musicians like Max Wellman from Des Moines are challenging this decades old system. &nbsp;Wellman is a 22-year old jazz singer who has been working full time in the business for three years after dropping out of Butler University in 2011. &nbsp;Last November he released the CD “You Must Believe in Spring”, a collection of songs by artists like Cole Porter, George </span>Gershwin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Frank Sinatra. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 35541 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nontraditional Collection of Traditional Music Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-ipr-reporter-picks-2013 <p>2013 has been a busy year for Iowa Public Radio's news team. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with reporters and correspondents about some of the most meaningful and challenging stories they covered. It's a "reporter's notebook" edition of the show.</p><p>Here is a list of the full features heard on today's show:</p><blockquote><p>January 10 - <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/undocumented-immigrants-university">Undocumented Immigrants at University</a></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:24:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury, Joyce Russell, Rob Dillard, Amy Mayer, Durrie Bouscaren, Clay Masters, John Pemble & Dean Borg 34194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top IPR Reporter Picks of 2013 Adapting a Christmas Classic to a Comic Book http://iowapublicradio.org/post/adapting-christmas-classic-comic-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Classic stories are often updated to fit modern times and this year a Des Moines family has adapted an old holiday tale to a digital comic book. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:12:53 +0000 John Pemble 33736 at http://iowapublicradio.org Adapting a Christmas Classic to a Comic Book Returning home to say thank you with Wicked http://iowapublicradio.org/post/returning-home-say-thank-you-wicked <p>This week the musical Wicked is celebrating ten years.&nbsp; Former Iowan Tim Baudler&nbsp;returned to Des Moines to see this show at the Civic Center with close friends and family to thank them for helping him overcome struggles in his life.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 08:55:20 +0000 John Pemble 31522 at http://iowapublicradio.org Returning home to say thank you with Wicked Iowa / Hungary Percussion Project Debuts in the United States http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-hungary-percussion-project-debuts-united-states <p>Last week a performance combining the musical culture of Hungary and Iowa made its American debut in Cedar Falls.&nbsp; It was organized by two recent music school graduates specializing in the performance of contemporary percussion music. Today they will share these new works with more Iowans as their short tour across the state resumes.</p><p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 01:08:35 +0000 John Pemble 28455 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa / Hungary Percussion Project Debuts in the United States 2013 Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2013-iowa-state-fair <p>Guest hosts Katherine Perkins and John Pemble go to the 2013 Iowa State Fair.&nbsp; They introduce us to a legally blind painter and a famous quilter.&nbsp; They watch fairgoers shear sheep and clean fish.&nbsp; They attend an Ecumenical church service for fair attendees and visit a memorial to honor fallen Iowa soldiers.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:00:41 +0000 Katherine Perkins & John Pemble 27544 at http://iowapublicradio.org 2013 Iowa State Fair Portable Memorial Honors Iowan Veterans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/portable-memorial-honors-iowan-veterans <div>Two years ago a memorial honoring Iowa’s fallen veterans began traveling around the state. This week it’s getting its biggest audience yet while on display at the Iowa State Fair. &nbsp;This new memorial is part of an effort by two Nebraskans who want to make exhibits like this for every state.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:22:05 +0000 John Pemble 27430 at http://iowapublicradio.org Portable Memorial Honors Iowan Veterans The OK Factor’s Classical Ties to Folk Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ok-factor-s-classical-ties-folk-music <p>One of the musical&nbsp;performances&nbsp;this weekend&nbsp;from the Iowa State Fair is the&nbsp;new band “The OK Factor".&nbsp; Violinist Karla Dietmeyer and cellist Olivia Hahn combine&nbsp;folk, alternative rock, and modern classical music.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 08:07:13 +0000 John Pemble 27248 at http://iowapublicradio.org The OK Factor’s Classical Ties to Folk Music Disabled Painter Demonstrates Work at Iowa State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/disabled-painter-demonstrates-work-iowa-state-fair <p>Elsie Monthei is a blind painter who for more than thirty years has painted landscapes.&nbsp; This week she spent a day at the Iowa State Fair demonstrating her talent for Very Special Arts (VSA), a group with the mission of highlighting the artistic abilities of people with disabilities.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:29:04 +0000 John Pemble 27186 at http://iowapublicradio.org Disabled Painter Demonstrates Work at Iowa State Fair "Scree Stage" Premiers at Des Moines Art Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scree-stage-premiers-des-moines-art-center <p>A new sculpture weighing more than twelve tons has been under construction at the Des Moines Art Center for two weeks.&nbsp; It’s titled “Scree Stage”, named after the debris of fallen rocks found at the base of a mountain. It’s the center of an exhibit opening this weekend. Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble visited the Art Center as this massive new work of art began to take its final shape.</p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 06:02:43 +0000 John Pemble 22800 at http://iowapublicradio.org "Scree Stage" Premiers at Des Moines Art Center Spring 2013 Iowa Floods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-2013-iowa-floods <p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:30:06 +0000 Dean Borg, Durrie Bouscaren & John Pemble 21623 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring 2013 Iowa Floods H.D. Harmsen’s first release on vinyl “Papoose” http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hd-harmsen-s-first-release-vinyl-papoose <p>One of the biggest changes for the music industry is the shift from publishing music on CDs, to downloadable music files.&nbsp; There are still artists who prefer their music be available on a tangible medium, even one as old as vinyl.&nbsp; In Iowa the two year old label Maximum Ames Records, publishes all of its titles on vinyl, including H.D. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:45:02 +0000 John Pemble 20037 at http://iowapublicradio.org H.D. Harmsen’s first release on vinyl “Papoose” Sculpture of Norman Borlaug Nears Completion http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sculpture-norman-borlaug-nears-completion <p>In the second half of the 20th century, native Iowan Norman Borlaug developed wheat seeds that increased crop yields in third world countries.&nbsp; His work in agriculture led him to a Nobel Peace Prize, a Congressional Gold Medal, and next year he’ll be remembered with a statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection housed in the United States Capitol.&nbsp; South Dakota artist Benjamin Victor is commissioned to create this sculpture and brought his work in progress to the Iowa Historical Building for a two week artist in residency to get the final details right.</p><p></p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 18479 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sculpture of Norman Borlaug Nears Completion Inaugural Tuk Tuk Goose Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inaugural-tuk-tuk-goose-race <p>In India, motorized rickshaws serve as taxis for short trips. In America, these vehicles are rare but over the weekend you could see them in Iowa albeit for a different purpose. A Des Moines businessman organized a rickshaw race, called “Tuk Tuk Goose”.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:52:24 +0000 John Pemble 9938 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inaugural Tuk Tuk Goose Race Ballet Des Moines Adds Full Time Dancers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ballet-des-moines-adds-full-time-dancers <p>Ballet Des Moines is trying something new this year: hiring dancers for a six month residency.&nbsp; It’s the first time Ballet Des Moines has six full time professional dancers to perform modern and classic productions for an entire season.<br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:25:40 +0000 John Pemble 9602 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ballet Des Moines Adds Full Time Dancers Audio Description for Blind People http://iowapublicradio.org/post/audio-description-blind-people <p>An assistive service began this weekend in Des Moines allowing blind people to hear descriptions of what’s happening on the stage of a theatrical production. The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service, or IRIS, is providing audio description for blind patrons attending shows during the Civic Center’s Broadway series.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 03:17:02 +0000 John Pemble 9062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Audio Description for Blind People Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Commission http://iowapublicradio.org/post/des-moines-symphony-s-75th-anniversary-commission <p>This weekend the Des Moines Symphony performed new music commissioned for their seventy fifth season inspired by art from the city’s two block sculpture park.<br><br>Video version of this story.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j39mr7t9v50&amp;feature=share&amp;list=UUD2o-SvcudKvbwGsQMASb-g</p><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 07:08:26 +0000 John Pemble 8740 at http://iowapublicradio.org Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Commission Parlours First Full Length Record “all is here” http://iowapublicradio.org/post/parlours-first-full-length-record-all-here <p>Early last year the Des Moines based band Parlours released their music on a 5 song EP.&nbsp; Less than 6 months later one of their songs was used in a prime time television program.&nbsp; This national attention helped give the band the resources to record a full length collection.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:52:11 +0000 John Pemble 8300 at http://iowapublicradio.org Parlours First Full Length Record “all is here” Burlington School Named After Voyager Project’s Chief Scientist http://iowapublicradio.org/post/burlington-school-named-after-voyager-project-s-chief-scientist <p>A Burlington Middle School is now named after a key scientist in NASA’s Voyager program.&nbsp; Today the Edward Stone Middle School opens for classes and Ed Stone returned to the hometown where his journey as a space scientist began.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:58:14 +0000 John Pemble 6602 at http://iowapublicradio.org Burlington School Named After Voyager Project’s Chief Scientist Iowa State Fair 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-state-fair-2012 <p>We're at the Iowa State Fair, and we're taking you with us. From the grand concourse for a Zumba lesson, to Pioneer Hall for a classic radio play, to an outdoor stage for square dancing...and monster arming wrestling to butterfly tagging. Join us for this special edition of "Talk of Iowa".</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:29:05 +0000 Katherine Perkins & John Pemble 6461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa State Fair 2012 Iowa State Fair Food and Healthiest State Initiative http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-state-fair-food-and-healthiest-state-initiative <p>This morning the Iowa State Fair began with activities promoting the one year old Healthiest State Initiative.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s also the first day a dozen new food items high in fat or sugar are available, including the double bacon corn dog.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:50:01 +0000 John Pemble 6084 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa State Fair Food and Healthiest State Initiative Nate Logsdon Rotates in Three Bands http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nate-logsdon-rotates-three-bands <p>It&rsquo;s common for musicians to collaborate in several bands.&nbsp; This weekend at the&nbsp;80/35 music festival in Des Moines an active musician found himself playing in three bands&nbsp;during one afternoon.&nbsp; Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s John Pemble followed this busy artist from one stage to the next.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 08 Jul 2012 07:04:58 +0000 John Pemble 4355 at http://iowapublicradio.org Nate Logsdon Rotates in Three Bands 80/35 Music Festival’s Fifth Year of Alternative Music http://iowapublicradio.org/post/8035-music-festival-s-fifth-year-alternative-music <p>This weekend the annual alternative music festival Eighty Thirty Five marks it&rsquo;s fifth consecutive year of bringing national acts like Avett Brothers and Death Cab for Cutie to Des Moines.&nbsp; For some these are new and unusual bands and festival organizers say this is one of the key reasons they put together this music event.</p> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 07:20:51 +0000 John Pemble 4330 at http://iowapublicradio.org 80/35 Music Festival’s Fifth Year of Alternative Music Iowa Opera House Project http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-opera-house-project <p>In the early 20th century Iowa had close to&nbsp;1,000 opera houses but now only a few hundred are still standing and many of them are abandoned.&nbsp; This summer an Iowa musician is doing a series of performances in restored opera houses highlighting these building’s historic value while showcasing contemporary musicians.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:24:55 +0000 John Pemble 3586 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Opera House Project Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cedar-rapids-mural-reveals-post-flood-optimism <p>Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled &ldquo;You Know, We&rsquo;re all in This Together&rdquo;.&nbsp; The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 02:15:44 +0000 John Pemble 2970 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism Grinnell College Choir Commissions Work http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grinnell-college-choir-commissions-work <p>A young composer who is seen by many as an up-and-coming talent will soon have his new piece performed on the East Coast.&nbsp; His work was written for and premiered this spring by the Grinnell College choir.&nbsp; It combines the unlikely pairing of Irish poetry about Iowa with biblical passages about an apocalypse sung in Arabic.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:57:39 +0000 John Pemble 214 at http://iowapublicradio.org Grinnell College Choir Commissions Work Grinnell College Choir Commission "Anything Can Happen" by Mohammed Fairouz http://iowapublicradio.org/post/grinnell-college-choir-commission-anything-can-happen-mohammed-fairouz Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 26263 at http://iowapublicradio.org Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival http://iowapublicradio.org/post/christopher-conquered-releases-new-album-mission-creek-festival <p>Des Moines based indie rock musician Chris Ford is trying out a new venue for releasing his new CD. Instead of a typical release party or concert, he’s unveiling the work at a venue that brings musicians together with authors and visual artists during a weeklong event -- the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City.<br><br>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 1710 at http://iowapublicradio.org Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival http://iowapublicradio.org/post/christopher-conquered-releases-new-album-mission-creek-festival-0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 John Pemble 26206 at http://iowapublicradio.org