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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. Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. At the invitation of Maestro Joseph Giunta,...

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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 . Listen to the wcfsymphony illustrate the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars through its epic score. The pieces that inspired it, with their many fanfares and flourishes, will also be performed during this concert. Tune in on Monday,...

The Iowa floods of 2008 destroyed thousands of structures, including the University of Iowa's Voxman Music Building. The University decided to construct a new one, and - after eight years of work - it opened just this week. The new Voxman is better than its predecessor in every way. Its acoustics and aesthetics are both state-of-the art, its interior design makes collaboration easy, and its location couldn't be more convenient (it's at the corner of Clinton and Burlington in downtown Iowa...

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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. Experience all of the seasons and then some as Orchestra Iowa performs Finzi’s autumnal The Fall of the Leaf, Op. 20 , Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with tango influences, and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams . Tune in on Monday...

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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. Travel back in time with the Des Moines and Chicago Symphonies to WWII Soviet Russia as they...

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With school back in session and fall in the air, cultural events are revving up across the state. Tune in today, Saturday, Sept. 10th, at 11AM or 5PM, for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as we talk with · Tim Ferry III talking about premiering his new nature-inspired music at the Hearst Center · Maestro Mark Russell Smith filling us in on the QCSO’s outstanding 2016-17 concert line-up · Poet Bradford Tice, winner of the 2014 Trio Award, reading from his new book of poetry called “What the...

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special program from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. Orchestra Iowa's 95 th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 17, at 7:00 PM. In a celebration of Grant Wood’s 125th anniversary that blends country, folk, and classical music, the concert will be an unforgettable night celebrating the great outdoors, art, and Iowa’s own unique heritage. The 9 th...

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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. Copland’s The Red Pony was composed as a score to a film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. It includes folklike melodies and unusual instrumental colors, derived from the dramatic action of the film. The Rhyme of Taigu explores the Chinese art...

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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. Khachaturian’s Trio utilizes melodic material from traditional Russian folk tunes. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major was premiered in Moscow during March of 1871. Overture on Hebrew Themes features the distinctly Jewish tradition of the Klezmer clarinet style. Join us on Monday, August...

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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 . The program opens dramatically with Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony , which evokes the beautiful countryside including a boisterous thunderstorm that dissipates...

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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 . Both of Handel’s pieces were written to be performed outdoors during royal events: a boating excursion and celebratory fireworks. Rivers Run Free was inspired by traveling such rivers as the Nile, Amazon, Thames and Mississippi, white water in...

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When an international jury picked the world's 10 best orchestras, three American groups made the cut - and now you can hear one of them, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, every Wednesday at 7 on IPR Classical. T he orchestra took a gamble in 2009 when it hired the youngest music director in its history - Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel, then just 28 - and that bet more than paid off. Together Dudamel and the orchestra have won major music awards and enjoyed a chemistry so "right" that the contract...

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As summer continues to heat up, tune in for more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase . The August showcase features: · Music Director & Conductor of the Des Moines Symphony Joseph Giunta diving into the orchestra’s 2016-2017 Season · President and Music Director of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, Josh Duffee, outlining details on the 2016 Bix Jazz Festival · Charles Swanson, Executive Director of Hancher, revealing plans for the auditorium’s...

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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. First is Elgar's tribute to Jean Froissart, whose Chronicles described the great era of chivalry. Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 depicts Finnish patriotism, and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major represents the French style while...

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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 . Also included on this show is the world premiere of Peter Hamlin’s 2015 musical tribute to the Iowa State Fair entitled Symphony on a Stick . You can see the work performed live at the event that...

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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. Strauss’ breathtaking Ein Heldenleben chronicles the life and loves of a hero (presumably the composer himself) and is regarded as the pinnacle of his orchestral writing. The remainder of the pieces on the program pay tribute to various mythic legends, including Dvorak’s final orchestral work. Like the Strauss, Dvorak’s A...

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The Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival’s 2016 Season kicked off with a live Performance Iowa broadcast in Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One! This year’s festival takes on an Alice in Wonderland theme as the chamber players present timeless repertoire for their season entitled “Through the Looking Glass.” Hunter Capoccioni, the festival’s Artistic Director, gave us an inside view into what the season has in store. The group performed the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 , the first...

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Tune in at 5PM to hear the Quad City Symphony premiere a work written for them by Maquoketa native John Frantzen - broadcast on the nationally syndicated show, Performance Today with Fred Child. The piece is called "Beyond a Wild Dream," and Frantzen wrote it for the QCSO's 100th anniversary season; music director Mark Russell Smith conducted. Frantzen has won many awards for his music, has been performed at Carnegie Hall and by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has written a piece you want to...

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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. The symphony’s Season Finale opens with the full dynamic force of the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s riveting and festive Capriccio Italien . The brilliant, young violinist Simone Porter’s playing has been described as “dynamic” and “impassioned.” She makes her Des Moines debut in the famous and...

When Martha Argerich plays piano, says Alex Ros s , her “rivals become mere fans” and critics find their “well of superlatives running dry.” She combines qualities "seldom contained in one person": " brain-teasing technical agility" meets "an unaffected interpreter whose native language is music.... A lot of pianists play huge double octave, [but] few have the unerring naturalness of phrasing that allows them to embody the music rather than interpret it." Want to hear Argerich at her best? B...

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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. Clarke University Professor Dr. Amy Dunker’s piece Imagine Dragons is a dramatic fanfare opener for the program. Rachmaninoff’s 2 nd Piano Concerto showcases Ms. Paremski’s brilliant technique and consummate musicianship and brings out the many...

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The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Young Artists stopped by Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One at noon yesterday to present highlights from the CROT’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning South Pacific . The CROT’s principal cast members soprano Erin Bryan appeared as the Navy nurse, Nellie Forbush; Baritone Kyle Roeder performed as the French Plantation owner, Emile de Beque; Mezzo-Soprano, Jessica Kasinski sang the role of Bloody Mary; and Tenor, Jack Cotterell executed the part...

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The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol again on Friday, July 1 st for its 23 rd 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.” The Des Moines Symphony and Maestro Joseph...

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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. The first half of the program includes virtuosic works such as Vivaldi’s Sonata for Bassoon and Harp and Ginastera’s Duo for Flute and Oboe , written to showcase the musicianship of chamber players. The second half features...

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Did the Tonys last night whet your appetite for more Broadway? Tune in at 1PM today when ChamberFest Dubuque comes to IPR Classical's studios to give a preview of this year's concerts - and that includes a "Sound of Broadway" gala tonight in Dubuque. Singer Sarah Ellis, a Tristate native now touring with a Tony-winning show, joins notable pianist Carlos Avila (who will also play Gershwin) and Dubuque native Bridget Pasker (who will play Dvorak on her cello for us). Introducing them is Michael...

Rachel Bearinger

Congratulations to Timur Mustakimov, winner of the second Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from ten different countries, Mustakimov is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize and a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label. Timur was also the winner of the new Audience Choice Award, for which he received $500. Timur Mustakimov performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Brahms’ Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118...

Rachel Bearinger

The 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition is nearing its climax as three world-class pianists have been selected to compete in the finals on Saturday night and perform the concerto of their choice with the wcfsymphony under Jason Weinberger. The three finalists hail from China, the United States, and Russia. All three have chosen to play the Emperor Concerto as their final round repertoire. What a wonderful opportunity for the listener to hear different musical interpretations of...

Rachel Bearinger

The second Midwest International Piano Competition is in full swing at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn in Cedar Falls! The world-renowned pianists and teachers serving as this year’s judges include Eric Larsen, Craig Sheppard, and Nelita True. American pianist Eric Larsen has established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He tours regularly in Russia, Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. He is in demand internationally for both solo piano and chamber music...

Christina Patramanis

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is invading Iowa Public Radio! Join us at noon on Tuesday, June 14 th for your favorite tunes from the CROT’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific . The CROT’s principal cast features Erin Bryan as Nellie Forbush, Kyle Roeder as Emile de Beque, Jessica Kasinski as Bloody Mary, and Jack Cotterell as Lt. Cable. The principals and the ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their upcoming performances of South Pacific . Listen for IPR’s...

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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. Hear the wcfsymphony present Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations in a whole new light alongside other works inspired by the kinetic energy of cycling. Josef Strauss’ quirky Velocipede Polka depicts the cycling craze that swept through Vienna, and Timo Andres’ Running Theme captures cycling’s unique combination of repetition and...

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