Classical

Symphonies of Iowa
3:52 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa May 20 and 21, 2012

Select Orchestra Iowa wind players open this Chamber Showcase concert with Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio, inspired by Ireland’s 1919 Easter Rebellion. The brief but brilliant Entr’acte for Flute and Harp by French composer Jacques Ibert follows, and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, abounding with Bohemian folk melodies, closes the program.

(Concert recorded April 14, 2012)

Symphonies of Iowa
3:51 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa May 13 and 14, 2012

It caused a riot at its premiere and later, a battle of words between its composer and the Walt Disney Company. Now, nearly a century after its composition, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring still retains the capacity to shock and move us more than almost any other work in the orchestral repertoire. This third and most revolutionary of the ballet scores Stravinsky composed for the legendary impresario Serge Diaghilev, was written between 1911 and 1913.  The Rite of Spring may no longer set off riots, but it still packs quite a wallop.

Symphonies of Iowa
3:50 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa May 6 and 7, 2012

Composed for Good Friday services during Bach’s first year at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the St. John Passion is a dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John. The work is constructed of recitatives and choruses, reflective chorales and arias, and is framed by a two choruses, the second of which is followed by one final chorale. Luther College’s Nordic Choir joins Orchestra Iowa to present this monumental work.

(Concert recorded March 24-25, 2012)

Symphonies of Iowa
2:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa April 29 and 30, 2012

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony performs Mussorgsky’s oft-arranged piano masterwork, Pictures at an Exhibition, in a rarely-heard version made just after the composer’s death. Michael Pawlak, the WCFSO’s principal percussionist, provides an unusual opportunity to hear a live performance of Joseph Schwantner’s celebrated Percussion Concerto.

(Concert recorded March 24, 2012)

Symphonies of Iowa
2:35 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa April 22 and 23, 2012

Jennifer Frautschi, the Grammy-nominated and Avery Fisher Prize-winning American violinist, makes her Iowa debut collaborating with Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in Barber’s tuneful and rhythmic Violin Concerto. The DMSO also performs Tchaikovsky’s great soul-searching last symphony, the Pathetique.

(Concert recorded March 10-11, 2012)

Symphonies of Iowa
2:34 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa April 15 and 16, 2012

Brahms’ melancholy Horn Trio for horn, piano and violin may have been written as a wordless requiem for his mother. The trio opens with a gentle Andante instead of the usual Allegro. Images of nature, represented by the horn, pervade the elegiac mood of the piece. Chamber works by J. S. Bach and Michael Haydn, the prolific younger brother of Franz Joseph, compliment the Horn Trio.

(Concert recorded Feb. 18, 2012)

Symphonies of Iowa
2:33 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa April 8 and 9, 2012

Orchestra Iowa’s Season of Fifth Symphonies continues with Bruckner’s profound, mystical Fifth Symphony. Timothy Hankewich leads the orchestra in their performance of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony - the aural equivalent of entering a great cathedral; some regard it as the Austrian master's greatest work. The Bruckner Society of America, formed in 1931, promotes the work of Bruckner and helped make this Orchestra Iowa concert possible.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:32 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa April 1 and 2, 2012

Keeping with their Spirit of America season, Maestro Giunta invites Sarah Hicks, Resident Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, to conduct an American program with the Des Moines Symphony. The concert includes Barber’s Adagio for Strings, an inspirational work revered for its unsurpassed beauty, and Copland’s lively Billy the Kid.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:32 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 25 and 26, 2012

Pianist and composer Timothy Andres gives listeners a glimpse into the creative process as he joins the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra to perform his own realization of Mozart’s unfinished piano concerto. The opening work Bathtub Shrine, originally commemorating the death of William Harwood, is an elegy composed by Andres for the Yale Symphony. The WCFSO also presents Schumann’s Symphony No.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 18 and 19, 2012

Orchestra Iowa, led by Timothy Hankewich, warms the stage with the fiery fifth symphony of Sibelius. Pianist and Iowa-native Conor Hanick joins the orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto, the Emperor. This program both opens and closes with references to the Freemasons: Mozart’s dark and serious funeral music was composed in memory of two fellow Masons, and a signed original manuscript of Sibelius’ most famous work, Finlandia, is housed at the Masonic Library of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Symphonies of Iowa
2:29 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 11 and 12, 2012

Internationally-acclaimed educator and pianist Chiu-Ling Lin comes together with the Des Moines Symphony for an exciting performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. Paired with Mussorgsky’s work is a selection from the Des Moines Symphony’s “Beethoven: One-to-Nine” CD set. This series commemorates the orchestra’s feat of performing all nine Beethoven symphonies during their 2003-2004 season.

Read more
Symphonies of Iowa
2:28 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 4 and 5, 2012

Nokuthula Ngwenyama joins the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra in their performance of two epic works based on the life experiences of Hector Berlioz, the “bad boy” of 19th century music. Ngwenyama stars on Harold en Italie, a unique tone poem-concerto inspired by its composer’s stay in Rome. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony’s own virtuoso musicians are showcased in Berlioz’s brilliant Symphonie Fantastique.

(Concert recorded Nov. 5, 2011)

Performance Iowa
2:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa January 20, 2013

Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and co-host University of  Iowa’s professor of voice, Dr. Katherine Eberle, present Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa in a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of La Boheme, on location from the newly restored Paramount Theatre. As one of Puccini’s most frequently performed operas, La Boheme tells the story of, love and youthful idealism touched with darker elements of poverty, illness and tragedy. Puccini based the opera on Henri Murger’s novel, La Vie de Boheme.

Read more
Performance Iowa
2:23 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 22 and 23, 2012

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony presents a special holiday concert with global sensation, The Texas Tenors. Former finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the trio is comprised of tenors John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher.

Performance Iowa
2:21 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 15, 16, and 22, 2012

Joined by Ballet Quad Cities, Orchestra Iowa presents a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutracker ballet. Tchaikovsky’s final ballet, The Nutcracker was first staged at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892. It is based on E.T.A.

Performance Iowa
2:21 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa December 8 and 9, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ Opus Inauguration Chamber Concert. Following the floods of 2008, the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was closed due to severe damage. In restoration, teams worked to replicate the designs of the first Paramount built in 1920.

Performance Iowa
2:20 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 22 and 25, 2012

Iowa Public Radio Classical's Performance Iowa series presents encore broadcasts of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 Brucemorchestra! program. Recorded from the front lawn of the historic Brucemore Estate in Cedar Rapids, this year's Brucemorchestra! program featured the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic 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.

Read more
Performance Iowa
2:19 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Performance Iowa November 18, 2012

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a live broadcast of eighteen year old piano phenomenon, Conrad Tao’s performance at the Gallagher–Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. As a Chinese-American born in Urbana, Illinois, he was found playing children’s songs on the piano when he was only eighteen months old, and gave his first recital not long after at the age of four.

Read more
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.

At the Opera with IPR
2:17 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

At the Opera with IPR 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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages