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Performance Iowa

 

Iowa Public Radio’s performance series, Performance Iowa, showcases Iowa's best performers as well as visiting musicians making a special stop in Iowa and in our studios. Host Jacqueline Halbloom goes behind the music in each broadcast with IPR’s classical music team and celebrity guests.

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Performance Iowa
2:18 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 10 and 11, 2012

To celebrate Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert. Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert features Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performing patriotic favorites, opening with the National Anthem, sung by Leah McIntire-Barnett, the winner of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 "Oh Say Can You Sing?" competition.

Performance Iowa
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 3 and 4, 2012

Iowa Public Radio concludes their Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow tells the comical story of the well-to-do widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo from 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.” Executive director Dr.

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Performance Iowa
2:16 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 27 and 28, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Opera in October series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus. 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.

(Recorded March 31, 2011)

Performance Iowa
2:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 20 and 21, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Opera in October with the 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. The Des Moines Metro Opera joins with Ballet Des Moines to bring this magnificent work to life.

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Performance Iowa
2:14 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 13 and 14, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow.) Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 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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Performance Iowa
2:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa October 6 and 7, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa kicks off their Opera in October series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season.  Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie Owens, as Donna Anna, and Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez, as Zerlina, who were both highlighted last summer in Opera News.

Performance Iowa
2:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa September 9, 2012

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa series presents a live broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra! program. Broadcast from the front lawn of the historic Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids, this year's Brucemorchestra! program features the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic rhapsody An American in Paris portrays the story of a young American, absorbing the sounds of French culture as he strolls down the streets of Paris.

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Performance Iowa
2:12 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 15 and 16, 2012

As the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s sixth season prepares to open on July 21, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa series proudly presents a broadcast of the festival’s opening concert from their 2011 season, titled Gypsy Airs and Hungarian Dances. Founded in 2006, the CVCMF strives to bring classical music to new audiences in uniquely diverse venues. This program includes performances of Tajčević’s Seven Balkan Dances, Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs Op. 55 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25.

Performance Iowa
2:11 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 8 and 9, 2012

As the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary Season draws to a close, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa brings to you a recital by lyric baritone John Michael Moore. Before singing the title role in this season’s Eugene Onegin, Mr.

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Performance Iowa
2:10 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 3, 2012

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa will present a live broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Titled A John Williams American Spectacular, the concert will feature Maestro Giunta and the DMSO performing patriotic favorites, opening wi

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Performance Iowa
2:09 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa July 1 and 2, 2012

Internationally-renowned baritone Todd Thomas presents a Des Moines Metro Opera Guild recital with collaborative pianist Bernard McDonald, Director of Opera at Simpson College.

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Performance Iowa
2:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa June 3, 2012

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season will soon start. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa will present the DMMO’s sensational last season production of Donizetti’s three-act comic masterpiece, Don Pasquale.

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Performance Iowa
2:07 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa April 29, 2012

Performance Iowa presents Music to Commemorate the Passover Season & The Holocaust, a live 2 p.m. broadcast from the Caspe Terrace in Waukee, IA.

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Performance Iowa
2:06 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 23, 2012

IPR’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2010 Curtains Up program featuring Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen. Ms. Goeldner and Mr. Ketelsen present a dazzling selection of arias, art songs and favorites.

Performance Iowa
2:05 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 16, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a 7 p.m. encore broadcast of the recital of soprano Jane Redding. Ms. Redding performed a fundraising recital with pianist Cara Chowning for the Des Moines Metro Opera during 2011.

Performance Iowa
2:04 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa March 9, 2012

Iowa Public Radio is excited to present a 7 p.m. WFMT broadcast of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Gala. 

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