Barney Sherman

Senior Music Producer

Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge university presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications.

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Classical
9:43 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Orchestra Iowa Premieres Daugherty

Detail of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood.
Credit wikipedia (Google Art Project)

Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 pm for the premiere of "American Gothic," composed for Orchestra Iowa by the multiple-Grammy winning Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty. It's inspired by the art of Grant Wood, who spent most of his life in Iowa. Also on the broadcast is Dvorak's 7th Symphony and music of Rachmaninov. Music director Tim Hankewich conducts.

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Classical
8:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Rigoletto from Lyric, Saturday at Noon

Rigoletto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Giuseppe Filianoti is "the pre-eminent lyric tenor of his generation"; Željko Lučić has triumphed around the world in Verdi. Hear their interpretations of the jester-capped glory of the Verdi repertoire, Rigoletto, this Saturday. Of course, the treacherous triangle at Rigoletto’s core requires a heartrending soprano, and Lyric has one: the Uzbekistan-born, Tchaikovsky Gold Medal-winning Albina Shagimuratova, making her Lyric debut. 

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Classical
8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus in Carnegie, Today at 5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Thursday's Performance Today also brings us other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Classical
8:24 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Orpheus CO in Carnegie, Thurs @5PM

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Credit Larry Fink from orpheusnyc.com

Wait, where's the conductor? Not in front of the conductor-less Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Hear this virtuoso group in a recent Carnegie Hall appearance playing Schubert's Fourth Symphony, preceded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances. Also on Thursday's Performance Today are other talented artists playing Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and more.

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Classical
8:20 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Angelich & Capucons in Brahms, Today

American pianist Nicholas Angelich.
Credit Stephane de Bourgies, from Columbia Artists Management Inc.

American pianist Nicholas Angelich has been called "the finest Brahms player of his generation," and the brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon are renowned on violin and cello. Tune in this afternoon to hear the three perform a work of Brahms's youth that he rewrote in old age: his soaring, lyrically rich Piano Trio. no. 1.

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Classical
7:47 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Higdon's "All Things Majestic," 7 PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon and her cat Beau.
Credit Photo: Candace di Carlo from jenniferhigdon.com

Join us Tuesday at 7 for Copland's glorious Symphony no. 3 (with a finale based on "Fanfare for the Common Man"), Barber's Piano Concerto (played by Garrick Ohlsson), and Jennifer Higdon's "All Things Majestic." In this 2011 work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Higdon explores the natural wonders of Grand Teton National Park. Robert Spano conducts the Cincinnati Symphony on this SymphonyCast broadcast.

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Classical
9:31 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Hear Jamie Barton, new "Singer of the World"

American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who yesterday was crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Congratulations, Jamie!
Credit jamiebartonmezzo.com

Tune in this afternoon to hear a sample of the art of Jamie Barton - the Georgia farm girl who yesterday won the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World crown.

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Classical
3:04 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

"Rite of Spring," "Pictures" by Quad City SO

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra in concert.
Credit Quad City Symphony Orchestra Facebook page

2013 was the 100th anniversary of the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Join us Monday at 7 PM to hear the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform it, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, led by music director Mark Russell Smith. The concert was recorded at the Adler Theater in Davenport and is part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
5:26 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Mastersingers from Lyric Saturday Noon

Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser and James Morris as Hans Sachs in Lyric Opera’s production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”
Credit Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tune in Saturday for Wagner's comic masterpiece, "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg," in a production featuring some master singers, including Bo Skovhus as Beckmesser, Johann Botha as Walther, and the illustrious Wagnerian James Morris as Sachs (one of his signature roles). The Lyric Opera of Chicago production is conducted by music director Sir Andrew Davis.

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Classical
5:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Grimaud's Great Beethoven, Friday Afternoon

Helene Grimaud, pianist and wolf conservationist.
Credit Credit: Robert Schultze/ Mat Hennek/ DG from imgartists.com

When Hélène Grimaud isn't playing the piano, her passion is the wolf conservancy she co-founded. It liberated her, she writes: after conceiving of it, "I had become a wild woman." That wildness may be part of what make Grimaud a great Beethoven interpreter. Hear her in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5, (known as "The Emperor") Friday afternoon on Barney Sherman's program.

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Classical
10:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today

Viktoria Mullova receiving the Gold Medal from Leonid Kogan at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Credit viktoriamullova.com

1982: Viktoria Mullova is the USSR's violin sensation, winning the gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition. I983: she puts her state-owned Stradivarius on her hotel bed in Finland, dons a blonde wig to fool her KGB minders, and escapes to Sweden. Since then, she's been on of the supreme violinists - and she regularly crosses artistic borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Hear one of the concertos - a reconstruction recorded for the first time - on Barney Sherman's program at around 3 this afternoon.

  

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Classical
3:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Concertgebouw Beethoven: Kleiber & more

Ludwig van Beethoven painted in 1823 (when he was 53 years old)
Credit public domain

Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the legendary Carlos Kleiber conducting one of his signature works, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony live in concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The broadcast features other Concertgebouw legends in this composer: Eduard van Beinum, Mariss Jansons, Rafael Kubelik, and Riccardo Chailly each conducting one movement of the Second Symphony, and Mitsuko Uchida, Claudio Arrau, and Murray Perahia each playing one movement of the Third Piano Concerto.

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Classical
10:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Britten Piece for Rostropovich, Weds. @5 PM

Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten after a concert, November 1, 1964 (RIA Novosti archive, image #25562)
Credit Mikhail Ozerskiy on wikipedia commons

They seemed  opposite: Mstislav Rostropovich, the fiery Soviet cellist, Benjamin Britten  the cool-tempered English composer. But they shared uncompromising convictions about social issues and musical genius. On Wednesday's Performance Today Coleman Itzkoff, - PT"s Young Artist in Residence - brings to life music that Britten wrote for Rostropovich.

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Classical
7:42 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Vasks Premiere, Mozart from LA/ Dudamel

Latvian composer Peteris Vasks
Credit wikipedia

"Ethereal, it glitters like stars millions of light-years away" - that's Distant Light, by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Tune in Tuesday at 7 PM to hear the world premiere by the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by Gustavo Dudamel. Also on the program is Mozart's Posthorn Serenade and Marriage of Figaro overture.

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Classical
3:35 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Dubuque a la Russe: Symphonies of Iowa

Romania-born pianist and composer Eugene Alcalay.
Credit Eugene Alcalay's web page.

Tune in Monday at 7 PM to hear the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in a program of Russian Romantics. Tchaikovsky's glorious Piano Concerto no. 1 features Romania-born guest artist Eugene Alcalay, who was praised by Leonard Bernstein for his “outstanding talent as both a performer and composer." The orchestra, led by music director William Intriligator, also performs Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Festival Overture and Capriccio Espagnol.

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Classical
10:07 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cliburn Winner Kholodenko Tonight at 5

Yadym Kholodenko, right, 26, of Ukraine, is congratulated by jury members Menahem Pressler, left, and Andrea Bonatta, center, after winning the Gold Medal in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Sunday.
Credit Photo by Carolyn Cruz/The Cliburn

Tune in tonight at 5 PM to hear the sensational pianist Vadym Kholodenko - who triumphed this week at the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas - in his victory performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 21 (the one with the beautiful "Elvira Madigan" slow movement). Leonard Slatkin conducts the Fort Worth Symphony. Also on the program is another highly acclaimed young pianist, Conrad Tao, performing one of his own compositions.

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Classical
10:37 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Netrebko, Calleja Shine in Lyric's Boheme

Joseph Lim, Andrea Silvestrelli, Joseph Calleja, Anna Netrebko, and Lucas Meachem in “La Boheme" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Anna Netrebko as Mimi, Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo,  Elizabeth Futral as Musetta -  you can't find a better cast for La Boheme today than the one we'll broadcast Saturday at noon from Lyric Opera of Chicago. Critic Lawrence Johnson praised  Netrebko's "gleaming vocalism, dramatic acuity, and personality-plus stage charisma," and found Calleja to be "on an equally inspired level."

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Classical
9:24 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Marsalis and NY Phil Thursday at 7 PM

Wynton Marsalis at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) Seventh Annual Jazz Festival in West Orange, NJ
Credit public domain/ wikipedia

Tune in Thursday to hear the New York Philharmonic perform Copland, Stravinsky, Shostakovich - and Marsalis. Jazz-influenced works by Aaron (the  Clarinet Concerto), Igor (Ragtime) and Dmitri (Tahiti Trot) precede the Symphony no. 3 (Swing Symphony) by Wynton, who brings his Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra along to join Alan Gilbert and the orchestra.

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Classical
8:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Sudbin, Vanska rock Beethoven, Sibelius

Russian pianist Yegveny Sudbin
Credit Clive Barda, courtesy of yevgenysudbin.com

Tune in tonight at 7PM to hear Yevgeny Sudbin - at 32 "hailed as potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century"- perform Beethoven's Third Concerto with musicians famed for Beethoven, the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vanska. Then Vanska conducts a work he's famed for, the Second Symphony of his fellow Finn, Jean Sibelius. Opening this concert is a new work by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The concert comes to us via SymphonyCast.

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Classical
2:37 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Holst's "Planets" Reimagined by WCFSO

Our solar system
Credit zen at flickr.com

Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Jason Weinberger in "The Planets Reimagined" - Holst's masterpiece along with a new rendering by artist Garry Kelley. The concert was recorded on April 27 as part of IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series.

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Classical
7:18 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

OperaX2 Saturday: Elektra, Hansel&Gretel

Maria Kanyova and Elizabeth DeShong as Hansel and Gretel in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production
Credit Dan Rest, via Lyric Opera of Chicago

Unhappy childhoods are each unhappy in their own way. For Hansel and Gretel, things look grim but turn out sweet; for Elektra... not so much. Hear both stories in great German operas this Saturday from the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Richard Strauss's Elektra, with Christine Goerke in the title role, and Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, with Elizabeth DeShong and Maria Kanyova as the siblings and Jill Grove as the witch.

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Classical
7:05 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Andras Schiff Leads NY Phil Bachfest

The Hungarian pianist/conductor Andras Schiff
Credit Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com

Tune in tonight at 7 as Andras Schiff - one of the world's supreme Bach interpreters - leads the final concert in the "Bach Variations" Festival of the New York Philharmonic. The Hungarian pianist/ conductor (a winner of the prestigious Bach Prize) leads two of the Bach keyboard concertos from the piano, and also conducts Mendelssohn's String Symphony no. 9 and Schumann's Symphony no. 4. 

  

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Classical
9:58 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Brahms that Even Wagner Liked, Weds. PM

The as-yet-beardless Johannes Brahms in 1853.
Credit wikipedia

"I could tell he was no joker," wrote Wagner about the young Brahms playing the Handel Variations for him. For Wagner speaking of a rival, that was high praise, and for the rest of us, the work sounds outright amazing. Hear an inspired performance of the Handel Variations Wednesday afternoon on Barney Sherman's show. Also on the program: an ethereal evocation of ancient Greece by Debussy.

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10:49 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Still Funny after All These Years: Haydn

Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in ''Das Rheingold'' by Richard Wagner
Credit wikimedia commons, Reinhard Kraasch

Tune in Tuesday at 5 pm as Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic, in a concert performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 90. Rattle loves all of it - including  the joke at the end, which still gets a laugh when it's done right (and it is!). Also on the program: Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Concertgebouw in Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony. Earlier, on Barney Sherman's program, Ivan Fischer conducts Beethoven's 7th and Richard Goode plays Mozart's 27th Piano Concerto.

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Classical
3:15 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Carmina Burana from Des Moines, Drake

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Drake Choir, and Drake University/Community Chorus performing Carmina Burana.
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Join us tonight at 7 to hear the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Drake Choir and Drake University/Community Chorus perform Orff's stirring Carmina Burana. Also on the program: Krommer's Concerto for Two Clarinet featuring DMSO's astounding clarinetists, Gregory Oakes & Clarence Padilla. The concert celebrates the 75-year partnership of Drake and the DMSO, which began in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts, and soloists are Carrie Ellen Giunta, soprano, Christopher Pfund, tenor, and Robert Orth, baritone.

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5:07 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Lyric's "Don Pasquale" Saturday at Noon

Don Pasquale from the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Credit Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Never mind that he's having a late-life crisis: Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" just wants a little respect. Hear this genuinely hilarious comic opera Saturday at noon from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. A stellar cast is headed by  ldebrando D’Arcangelo and Marlis Petersen.

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5:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Des Moines Musicians' Philip Glass Fest

Pianist Sophia Ahmad, who, when she's not practicing, is Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
Credit courtesy of Sophia Ahmad

Tune in Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear a group of Iowa musicians celebrate the 75th birthday of Philip Glass with a concert (part 1 of 2) that conveys the range of his music. Pianist Sophia Ahmad (you might know her as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra) plays the Orphee Suite; pianist Kris DeWild plays Love Divided By; Edwin and Francine Griffith perform Hymn to the Sun (from Akhnaten); saxophonist Colin Young plays Gradus; and The Rex Repeter Quartet plays a movement from his Third String Quartet.

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8:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Isabelle Faust's Brahms & Bach, Thursday

Violinist Isabelle Faust
Credit Ivy Artists.com

She was once called "the greatest violinist you've never heard of" - but since then she' s won many major awards. Hear Isabelle Faust play the Brahms Concerto on Barney Sherman's show in the afternoon, and then the two Bach violin concertos on the New York Philharmonic broadcast at 7 pm. Discover why the New York Times says, "her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music's hidden strains of lyricism."

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9:31 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rite of Spring 100th Today

Igor Stravinsky, sketched by his friend and collaborator Pablo Picasso
Credit public domain

Wednesday, May 29 is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and while it no longer causes riots it still sounds radical, wild, and fresh. Hear it - introduced by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross - in the 6 PM hour of Performance Today.  In the afternoon Barney Sherman will play part of it in the version Stravinsky first published, for piano four hands.

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Classical Music in the Midday
9:59 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Beethoven under the stars

The Tanglewood Festival's music shed
Credit Sébastien Barré at flickr.com

The Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies and third Leonore Overture under the stars at Tanglewood with noted Beethovenian Christoph von Dohnanyi - sound enticing? Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm to hear it on SymphonyCast on IPRClassical.

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