Symphonies of Iowa

Mondays at 7 p.m. on FM Classical (alternates with Classical 24)

Every week, Symphonies of Iowa showcases Iowa's leading orchestras in concert. You'll hear a mix of familiar masterpieces and new works, of world-renowned soloists and Iowa's best composers and musicians. Join us Mondays at 7 PM.

Click here for a simple chronological list of this season's concerts.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Elgar’s Bike” concert. The program includes works by Josef Strauss, Timo Andres, and Edward Elgar.

Cliff Jette

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s Missa Solemnis concert. Orchestra Iowa presents Beethoven’s Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis”, performed with the Simpson College Chamber Singers, the Simpson College Choir, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Beth Lytwynec, Eric Barry, and Sumner Thompson.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich” concert. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich, and features violinist Naha Greenholtz and cellist Hannah Holman.

 

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Bach II” concert. The program focuses on music by master composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen as the wcfsymphony performs two of Baroque music’s most famous instrumental works: Bach’s sparkling Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and beloved Suite No. 2. The performance features a beautiful 1970 Tom Pixton harpsichord recently acquired by the ensemble. Tune in on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!

Program

TATSUNORI HASHIMOTO

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “The Moldau, Don Juan & Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto” concert. It includes music composed by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Bedřich Smetana and features young pianist extraordinaire Charlie Albright.

Beth Amann

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “New Frontiers” concert. It includes music composed by Milhaud, Mozart, and Schumann and features bassoonist Matthew Ransom.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Firebird” concert on Monday evening, October 24 at 7 p.m. It features new music composed by Avner Dorman and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Firebird suite.

Join us as the wcfsymphony presents a new composition by Avner Dorman showcasing the exhilarating percussion duo Maraca2. The duo is comprised of percussionists Jason Huxtable and Tim Palmer. Due to an injury, UW-Madison doctoral student Garrett Mendelow substituted for Tim during this performance.

Jacqueline Halbloom

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “Romeo & Juliet and The King of Instruments” concert on Monday night, Octboer 17 at 7 p.m. It features music composed by Hector Berlioz, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saëns.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. presents Orchestra Iowa’s “Stirring Fantasies” concert. It features music composed by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet.

Jason Weinberger

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Bach I” concert on Monday evening, October 3 at 7 p.m. It features music composed by the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach.

Join the symphony for a musical journey into J.S. Bach’s incredible creativity with some of Baroque music’s most beloved works. Tune in on Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!

PROGRAM

BACH – Suite No. 1

BACH – Sinfonia from Cantata, BWV 174

BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

Orchestra Iowa

This week's Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m. presents Orchestra Iowa's "OI Chamber: French Kiss" concert. It features music by French composers François Couperin, Camille Saint-Saëns, and César Franck.

The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players present French chamber music spanning three centuries. The Baroque harpsichord and the modern trumpet join the orchestra’s principal strings for this romantic concert. Tune in on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!

PROGRAM

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms” concert. Tune in on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast! The program includes music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Johannes Brahms.

wcfsymphony.org

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast presents the wcfsymphony’s “Star Wars” concert. It features music from John Williams’ Star Wars score as well as selections from The Planets, On the Town, Swan Lake, The Ring, and The Rite of Spring.

Paul Clancy

This encore broadcast of Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “The Fifth Season” concert. The concert includes pieces by Finzi, Piazzolla, and Tchaikovsky, and features guest violinist, Lara St. John.

Des Moines Symphony

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 – Beyond the Score” concert. The concert includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in the symphony’s 6th collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also included in this broadcast will be a selection from the DMSO’s Beethoven one to nine project recorded throughout their 2003-4 season.

GMD

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore features the wcfsymphony’s “Copland and Clarinet” concert. The concert includes pieces by Zhou Long and Aaron Copland, and features two Klezmer sets with virtuoso clarinetist, David Krakauer.

Orchestra Iowa

Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast this week features Orchestra Iowa’s “OI Chamber: Russian Troika” concert. The program includes three distinctly Eastern European masterpieces.

Alessandra Tinozzi

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Capriccio Espagnol & Beethoven’s Pastoral” concert. The program includes Elena Urioste’s Des Moines Symphony debut with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Water Music” concert. The concert includes the world premiere of Jerome Margolis’ Rivers Run Free as well as Handel’s iconic Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Steve Riskind

This encore broadcast of Iowa Public Radio's Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa's “National Romance” concert. The performance features three iconic works from the late romantic era and early 20th century, each of which defines the style of music in their nation.

Andrea Joynt

IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa encore series is back! The series kicks off with the Des Moines Symphony presenting their 2015 season debut concert under Joseph Giunta with the dazzling Natasha Paremski at the keyboard. Paremski gives us a breathtaking performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “A Hero’s Life” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Wagner, Dvorak, and Richard Strauss.

Jeff Fasano

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “Season Finale – All Tchaikovsky” concert. The orchestra performs three monumental works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Andrea Joynt

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s “Symphonic Fantasies” concert. The program showcases works by Iowa composer Amy Dunker, Rachmaninoff, and Berlioz and spotlights Russian piano virtuoso Natasha Paremski.

Christopher Maharry

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol again on Friday, July 1st for its 23rd year. Iowa Public Radio Classical will be there broadcasting the concert live, with a pre-show hosted by IPR producers Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola starting at 8:00 p.m. The event features rousing marches, as well as a mix of show tunes and patriotic selections celebrating “The Sound of America.”

Orchestra Iowa

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ “Tricksters & Troubadours” concert. The musicians performed three duo compositions by Koetsier, Ginastera, and Vivaldi, as well as chamber works by Milhaud, Wuorinen, and Strauss. 

wcfsymphony.org

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Elgar’s Bike” concert. The program includes works by Josef Strauss, Timo Andres, and Edward Elgar.

Cliff Jette

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s Missa Solemnis concert. Orchestra Iowa will perform Beethoven’s Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis”, performed with the Simpson College Chamber Singers, the Simpson College Choir, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Beth Lytwynec, Eric Barry, and Sumner Thompson.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich” concert. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich, and features violinist Naha Greenholtz and cellist Hannah Holman.

Randy Darst

In response to a brilliant online dialog about classical radio, I took the opportunity to pull together a few of my own thoughts about the nature of classical music, the missions of public radio and classical radio, the so-called "curse of knowledge," and more:  

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