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6:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Britten 100th (and JFK) on Classical

Benjamin Britten, born Nov. 22 1913

Friday is both the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and the 100th birthday of one of the greatest composers, Benjamin Britten. Join Barney Sherman and Fred Childs for music written by Britten (including the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and the Gloriana Courtly Dances, among others) and recordings showing his greatness as conductor and pianist in the music of Bach, Mozart, and others. Also, Fred has audio of the announcement of Kennedy's death to the audience at the Boston Symphony concert that afternoon - it is powerful - and Barney has the music played thereafter.

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9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Houston "Don Giovanni" Saturday @noon

Malin Christensson (Zerlina), Michael Sumuel (Masetto) from the Houston Grand Opera's Don Giovanni
Credit Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Join us Saturday as Trevor Pinnock conducts Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Houston Grand Opera. Adrian Eröd is the Don, Veronika Dzhioeva is Donna Elvira, and Morris Robinson is the Commendatore.

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11:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

We Got Cellos! (Three. In One Concerto.)

Three cellos, Butterworth Hall.
Credit amandabhslater from flickr.com

If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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11:02 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

We Got Cellos! (Three. In One Concerto.)

Three cellos, Butterworth Hall.
Credit amandabhslater from flickr.com

If you like the rich, warm sound of the cello, tune in Thursday at 7 to hear a concerto for not one but three of them, by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (you might remember him from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey). The performance features three exceptional cellists - Alicia Weilerstein, Daniel Muller-Schott, and Carter Brey - and the New York Philharmonic led by Charles Dutoit. Also on the program is music of Ravel, and his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Classical
3:12 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:57 am

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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Classical
9:25 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Joshua Bell's Live Tchaikovsky Concerto

Does anyone today play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto better than Joshua Bell? Join us tonight at 7 to hear him with the Houston Symphony in a recent concert performance (also on the bill is music of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, and Mussorgsky, conducted by Lawrence Foster).

Classical
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Encore Broadcast for Monday, November 25, 2013

Jason Weingberger, Artistic Director and CEO of wcfsymphony
Credit O'Neil Arnold

On Monday, November 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series’ presents an encore broadcast of the wcfsymphony collaboration with artist Gary Kelley from the closer of their 2012-2013 season. Kelley’s original The Planets was created in 2007. The symphony brings a new light to Kelley’s project through their performance of Holst’s The Planets. Kelley also discusses his creative process.

Featuring:

Jason Weinberger, Artistic Director and CEO
Gary Kelley, artist 

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Classical
9:53 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Timofeyev/Kolpakov Russian-Roma LIVE

Oleg Timofefeyev and Vadim Kolpakov
Credit Oleg Timofeyev

Join Barney Sherman Monday at 2PM as two of the world's foremost Russian guitarists perform LIVE in IPR's studios. Oleg Timofeyev is renowned internationally both as a performer and as a musicologist who has rediscovered lost repertory. Vadim Kolpakov is one of the most prominent Russian Roma (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists of our time; previously he was lead musician of the Moscow Roma Theatre Romen, where he performed as a guitarist, composer, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor.

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Classical
9:56 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Susan Graham in Handel's "Xerxes"

Susan Graham in the Houston Grand Opera's "Xerxes"
Credit Felix Sanchez, courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera

Love Handel? Tune in Saturday at noon to hear a star-studded cast headed by the great mezzo Susan Graham perform Handel's opera "Xerxes" from the Houston Grand Opera. The cast also includes such notables as David Daniels and Laura Claycomb.

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Classical
9:32 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa Encore Broadcast for Monday, November 18, 2013

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

Featured on Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa series broadcast Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. is an encore performance by the Des Moines Symphony as they celebrate and honor their partnership and history with Drake University. The symphony began in 1937 as the Drake/Des Moines Symphony. Choirs from Drake University join with the Des Moines Symphony in this celebration of 75 years of rich music making.

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Classical
12:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Daedalus Quartet LIVE from IPR @4PM

The Daedalus Quartet
Credit Lisa-Marie Mazzucco from Daedalusquartet.com

Tune at 4PM to hear the Daedalus Quartet - whom the New Yorker called "a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets" - perform live in IPR's Studio One. The appearance is part of their week-long residency at the University of Iowa.

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9:25 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Yankee Doodle Pops rebroadcast @noon

Tune in from noon to 1:30PM for a Veterans Day rebroadcast of this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert from Des Moines.  The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta perform favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard. The broadcast, hosted by IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola, is part of IPR's "Performance Iowa" series.

Classical
6:55 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Trio 826 Live from IPR - Join Us Wednesday!

Trio 826 - Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard - on the road!
Credit Juliabullard.com

Join us Wednesday at 4PM as Trio 826 performs live on the air from IPR's Studio One in Cedar Falls - and stay for a reception with food and refreshments! Seating is limited, so please RSVP at 1-8oo-861-8000. Trio 826 consists of three stellar players - Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola, and Hannah Holman, cello - who make amazing music together. Tune in or, better yet, join us in person to hear them play.

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Classical
1:05 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Violins of Hope, Kristallnacht Event NOW

Jason Weinberger sharing the story of how his grandparents survived the Holocaust with a rapt audience in Cedar Falls yesterday.
Credit Barney Sherman

Tune in now to hear "Violins of Hope" - the story of a man's quest to restore violins played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps - followed at 3 by a LIVE broadcast of the Kristallnacht commemoration in Cedar Falls, with Jason Weinberger leading the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and a number of other participants telling the tale of the pogrom that initiated the Final Solution. Jacqueline Halbloom hosts.

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5:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kristallnacht Commemoration Live on IPR

Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp
Credit Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Join us Sunday at 3PM for a live broadcast commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht - the pogrom that foreshadowed the Holocaust.  This community effort brings together the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, its music director Jason Weinberger, bassist Hunter Capoccioni, the Wartburg Choir, Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff and Lee Nelson.

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10:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Golijov's tribute, Steinbacher's Mendelssohn

Arabella Steinbacher playing her Stradivarius
Credit Robert Vano, courtesy IMG Artists

Join us Thursday at 7PM for a New York Philharmonic concert with something for everyone. First, composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round" pays tribute to his fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzola; then the acclaimed young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher plays the Mendelssohn concerto; and finally, the sensational young American conductor Joshua Weilerstein (brother of MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein) conducts Dvorak's Eighth Symphony. Tune in to hear these young talents at work with a great ensemble.

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9:50 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Inspired by Baroque music? These guys too!

French Baroque composer Francois Couperin, "The Great," who inspired Ravel and Thomas Ades.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7  for a concert of works by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and the young British composer Thomas Ades that were inspired by the 18th century. Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" pays tribute to the French Baroque; one of the greats of that era, Francois Couperin, inspired Ades' "Three Couperin Sketches." Respighi's "The Birds" is his arrangement of music by several 18th-century composers, and Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" explore a theme he wrote to honor that century's music.

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10:46 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM

Michael Gilbertson, Dubuque composer, whose opera will be performed at the Kennedy Center this month
Credit michaelgilbertson.net

Tune in to this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as Jacqueline Halbloom updates us on exciting events in Dubuque, Cedar Falls and the Quad Cities. She visits the University of Dubuque to speak to its president, Jeffrey Bullard, and Heritage Center Executive Director, Thomas Robbins, about the new Heritage Center and upcoming performers like the King’s Singers. Also, Dubuque-born composer Michael Gilbertson tell us about his new opera, Breaking, premiering on November 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Then, in Cedar Falls, Dr.

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Classical
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

"Boheme" from Cedar Rapids Opera

The children's chorus from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme.
Credit Jean Rude

Tune in today at 12 noon for the grand finale of our Opera in October series, as the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performs Puccini's La Boheme. Erica Strauss sings Mimi, Eric Barry is Rodolfo, Philip Torre is Marcello, and Meredith Hansen is Musetta in this irresistible story of young love and loss.

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11:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Credit The Princess Diana Exhibition

Iowa Public Radio’s next Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast will air Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Join us as Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Kim Findlay, director of Davenport’s Putnam museum. Findlay will discuss the museum’s current and upcoming exhibits with special attention to the current Princess Diana exhibition. Jacqueline and Findlay will explore details about Princess Diana’s wedding dress and diamond tiara displayed in the exhibition.

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Classical
11:25 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber series returns

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, where our weekly chamber music concerts are recorded
Credit wikipedia

It's back, starting at 10 AM! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings together some of the world's finest chamber musicians, and you can hear it weekly on IPR. It starts with Mozart at his best: the Violin Sonata in e minor played by Arnaud Sussman and Inon Barnatan, and the String Quintet in 3 in C major, K. 515, performed by no less than Ani Kavafian, Benjamin Beilman, Paul Neubauer, Lily Francis, and Timothy Eddy.

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4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini

An 1867 caricature of Gioachino Rossini
Credit wikipedia

Tune in right now as the Houston Grand Opera returns for four weekends to IPR. First up is Rossini's delightful "The Italian Girl in Algiers," with the noted mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the title role.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Opera in October: CROT's La Boheme, 11/2 and 11/3

The children's chorus from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme.
Credit Jean Rude

In the final performances of the Opera in October broadcast series, Iowa Public Radio presents the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at noon.

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9:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

German Requiem (& Genius Premiere)

Canadian violinist and MacArthur "Genius" fellow Leila Josefowicz
Credit J. Henry Fair, courtesy HarrisonParrott

Tune in Tuesday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" violinist Leila Josefowicz premieres a new work by Stephen Mackey written in memory of his mother, and Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic and Master Chorale in the profoundly beautiful "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms. At the core of this masterpiece is a movement Brahms added in memory of his own mother; it is sung by Christine Schaeffer (Matthias Goerne is the male soloist).

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5:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Mozart's "Clemenza" Tonight & Sunday

Lisa Neher as Annio, Allison Crain as Servilia, and Brian Dykes as Publio in the Act I finale of La Clemenza di Tito
Credit Todd Adamson

Love "The Magic Flute"? Mozart's next opera was "The Clemency of Titus." You can hear the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production tonight at 7PM or Sunday at noon. It's the last broadcast in IPR's "Opera in October" series, hosted and produced by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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11:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pavarotti & Ricciarelli in SF "Luisa Miller"

Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli in San Francisco Opera's 1974 'Luisa Miller'
Credit Carolyn Mason Jones

Tune in Saturday at noon for Verdi's Luisa Miller in a 1974 performance by the San Francisco Opera. Katia Ricciarelli sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti is the nobleman she loves but, as a poor village girl, cannot marry. This archived broadcast captures Pavarotti's first performance of this role.

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11:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Beethoven 9th & Turnage Premiere

Beethoven painted during the time he was composing his Ninth Symphony.

Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage  in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."

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9:46 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Verdi's Requiem from Amsterdam

Giuseppe Verdi
Credit wikipedia

Join us at 7PM to hear an "unusually sensitive and humane" concert performance of Verdi's Requiem by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and their chief conductor, Mariss Jansons. In this performance, reported one critic, "the whole piece came together as [a] long, beautiful and genuinely moving prayer..." The Netherlands Radio Chorus was "world class," and the soloists (Anja Hartenos, Stephanie Blythe, Dimitri Pittas, and Orlin Anastassov) were exceptional. Hear the result for yourself on IPR Wednesday night.

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At the Opera with IPR
1:18 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Opera in October: UI Opera Theatre's La Clemenza di Tito, 10/26 and 10/27

From L to R: Lisa Neher as Annio, Allison Crain as Servilia, and Brian Dykes as Publio in the Act I finale of La Clemenza di Tito
Credit Todd Adamson

This week on Iowa Public Radio's Opera in October broadcast series showcases the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at noon. 

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10:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Mozart Requiem in Concert from Dresden

Mozart at age 26, in an unfinished portrait by Joseph Lange.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in at 7 PM to hear the work Mozart left unfinished at his death - the Requiem - performed in concert by the Dresden Staatskapelle. The Staatskapelle, one of the world's oldest and most admired orchestras, is led by its new music director, Christian Thielemann.

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