Barney Sherman http://iowapublicradio.org en Notable Classical Violinists Under 45: A List http://iowapublicradio.org/post/notable-classical-violinists-under-45-list <p>In my post <strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/has-classical-violin-reached-gender-parity" target="_blank">Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin?</a></strong> I mention a list I put together of classical solo violinists born after 1970, which I said illustrates my thesis that the field has attained gender parity. I mentioned, however, that the list is provisional - the best I could come up with from my perch in northeast Iowa - and that I welcome your input. Let me know what I missed, but meanwhile, here's the list:</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:42:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 42615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/parity-time-here-classical-violin <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:11pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-35376f4d-c56b-9e65-6eed-ab5ea61f8b54"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">To paraphrase my </span><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-exceptional-classicals-woman-problem-pt-1"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">previous Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:41:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 42403 at http://iowapublicradio.org Is Parity Time Here for the Classical Violin? HEAR: ChamberFest Dubuque Live IPR Set! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-chamberfest-dubuque-live-ipr-set <p>Listen below to a podcast of a live set from our studio Monday featuring four stellar young musicians from <strong><a href="http://nisom.com/index.php/events/chamberfest-orchestra" target="_blank">ChamberFest&nbsp;Dubuque</a></strong>.&nbsp; Dubuque native <strong><a href="http://michaelgilbertson.net/" target="_blank">Michael Gilbertson</a></strong> founded the festival in 2009; since then his compositions have won the Israel Prize and major awards from ASCAP and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and have been performed by the Washington National Opera, the San Francisco Chamber Or Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:49:26 +0000 Barney Sherman 42259 at http://iowapublicradio.org HEAR: ChamberFest Dubuque Live IPR Set! Beethoven, Brahms, & 'Rock Island Line" from QCSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beethoven-brahms-rock-island-line-qcso <p>Join us Monday at 7 PM to hear the Quad City Symphony in Beethoven, Brahms, and ...&nbsp;Bancks. In March, the orchestra premiered a work by local composer <strong>Jacob Bancks </strong>specifically&nbsp;<em>about </em>the&nbsp;Quad Cities. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:35:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 41555 at http://iowapublicradio.org Beethoven, Brahms, & 'Rock Island Line" from QCSO How Exceptional IS Classical's Woman Problem? Pt. 1 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-exceptional-classicals-woman-problem-pt-1 <p>NPR’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/people/182335974/anastasia-tsioulcas" target="_blank"><strong>Anastasia&nbsp;Tsioulcas</strong></a>&nbsp;just wrote a&nbsp;<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2014-classical-world-still-cant-stop-fat-shaming-women" target="_blank"><strong>scathingly brilliant post</strong></a>&nbsp;about the “fat-shaming” of the gifted Irish mezzo&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://imgartists.com/artist/tara_erraught" target="_blank">Tara&nbsp;Erraught</a>&nbsp;</strong>by&nbsp;a plague of British critics, who sounded like teenage boys as they dissed not Erraught's sing Sun, 25 May 2014 04:21:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 40954 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Exceptional IS Classical's Woman Problem? Pt. 1 Jets, Sharks, & Historical Performance Now http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jets-sharks-historical-performance-now <p>When sworn enemies shrug and say, “What was THAT about?” it’s worth noticing, especially when they add, “You know, you’re making some good points.” &nbsp;Something like that may be happening in classical music performance.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:11:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 40642 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jets, Sharks, & Historical Performance Now Hear as the WCFSymphony "takes us there" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-wcfsymphony-takes-us-there <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join us tonight at 7PM to hear the wcfsymphony premiere a work by Decorah-based composer&nbsp;</span><span data-reactid=".61.1:3:1:$comment10203667472235686_7742195:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.0" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span data-reactid=".61.1:3:1:$comment10203667472235686_7742195:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.0.$end:0:$0:0"><strong><a href="http://brookejoyce.com/" target="_blank">Br</a></strong></span></span><span data-reactid=".61.1:3:1:$comment10203667472235686_7742195:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.0:$comment-body.0.3" style="line-hei Sun, 04 May 2014 04:41:25 +0000 Barney Sherman 40113 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear as the WCFSymphony "takes us there" Hear: Vedenyapin Sings Yiddish Songs at IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-vedenyapin-sings-yiddish-songs-ipr <p>Before there was "<strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg&amp;feature=kp" target="_blank">Who's on first?"</a></strong> there was the similar routine, "<strong><a href="http://www.cclj.be/article/1/3896" target="_blank">Weinstein? Einstein!</a></strong>" by the Yiddish standup team&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimon_Dzigan" target="_blank">Dzigan&nbsp;</a>&amp; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJt_CA857aU" target="_blank">Schumacher</a>. Sun, 04 May 2014 00:57:04 +0000 Barney Sherman 40111 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear: Vedenyapin Sings Yiddish Songs at IPR Russian-Yiddish In-Studio Set at IPR @2:30 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/russian-yiddish-studio-set-ipr-230-pm <p>Russian-born singer/scholar<strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/about-us/people/yuri-vedenyapin" target="_blank">Yuri Vedenyapin</a></strong>&nbsp;- a renowned expert in<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Yiddish folklore - will be in our studios Wednesday with Russian-guitar virtuoso <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Timofeyev" target="_blank">Oleg Timofeyev</a></strong>&nbsp;to introduce us to the little-known repertory of Russian songs in Yiddish. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:54:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 39873 at http://iowapublicradio.org Russian-Yiddish In-Studio Set at IPR @2:30 PM From Bach to "Teeth," Amazing Iowa Weekend http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bach-teeth-amazing-iowa-weekend <p>Even I am a little stunned by how exciting, original - and <em>abundant </em>- the classical concerts are in Iowa this weekend. Here's a list (and please let me know if I've missed something! I'll add it -&nbsp;bsherman at iowapublicradio.org):</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:18:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 39750 at http://iowapublicradio.org From Bach to "Teeth," Amazing Iowa Weekend BREAKING NEWS: Vanska's Back in Minnesota http://iowapublicradio.org/post/breaking-news-vanskas-back-minnesota <p>When the 16-month lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra ended in January, the orchestra had no conductor. Music director <strong>Osmo Vanska,</strong> &nbsp;whose conducting had propelled the orchestra to international fame, <strong><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/06/228164214/minnesota-orchestra-conductor-resigns-after-carnegie-hall-cancellations" target="_blank">resigned last year</a> </strong>in support of the musicians, and without him... well, what exactly was Plan B? Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:48:24 +0000 Barney Sherman 39676 at http://iowapublicradio.org BREAKING NEWS: Vanska's Back in Minnesota What's YOUR Favorite Shakespeare Music? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-your-favorite-shakespeare-music <p>It MAY be SHAKEspeare's&nbsp;BIRTHday, SO they SAY, and WHAT&nbsp;muSIcian can reFRAIN from PLAY? That is (to drop the iambic pentameter) from the fun of listing favorite Shakespeare-inspired classical works? Below are a couple of lists from other sources, followed by my own additions and comments. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">What would make YOUR list? Let us know on our Facebook page or on twitter @IPRClassical, or by email (bsherman@iowapublicradio.org) &nbsp;- and whatever you choose,&nbsp;<strong>Happy Shakespeare Day!</strong></span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:33:29 +0000 Barney Sherman 39611 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's YOUR Favorite Shakespeare Music? Simon Estes Live: Today at 2:00 pm http://iowapublicradio.org/post/simon-estes-live-today-200-pm <p>Join us Thursday afternoon to hear one of the great musicians of our time, Simon Estes, as he tells us about his extraordinary work as a musician, humanitarian, and educator. Born in Centerville, IA, where his father worked as a coal miner, Estes was the first black male artist ever to appear at the Bayreuth Festival <span style="line-height: 1.5;">(he is one of the rare singers&nbsp; to triumph in all of Wagner's major operas) and has sung lead roles with all of the world's great opera houses and orchestras. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:09:57 +0000 Barney Sherman 39535 at http://iowapublicradio.org Simon Estes Live: Today at 2:00 pm Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mighty-wurlitzer-returns-cr-mahler-walton <p>The 2008 Cedar Rapids flood badly damaged the Wurlitzer organ at the Paramount Theatre, but it is now fully restored, and this March was unveiled in concert. For its victorious return, Orchestra Iowa chose two masterpieces that need a huge organ: Walton’s splendid <em>Te Deum</em> and Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony. With two choruses, two soloists and full orchestra, this colossal performance brought together the largest ensemble ever to appear at the Paramount. Jacqueline Halbloom produced and hosts IPR's broadcast as part of our Symphonies of Iowa series.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 39411 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to CR in Mahler, Walton Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bachs-passions-guides-npr-more <p>Careful writers think twice before using superlatives, but it's safe to say that<strong> Bach’s <em>St. Matthew Passion </em></strong>is&nbsp;the greatest musical work ever written for Good Friday services. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:16:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 39306 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sirotabrahms-wcfso-monday-7-pm <p class="mti_font_element" style="border: 0px; font-family: 'DIN Next W01 Regular', sans-serif; line-height: 18px; vertical-align: baseline; margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(76, 76, 76);">Violist Nadia Sirota&nbsp;- a leading advocate of new music, and former student of Jason Weinberger - recently joined the WCFSymphony&nbsp;to perform "beautiful music of a higher order than anything else you will hear this year" - works written for her by Judd Greenstein and Daniel Bjarnson. Then Weinberger&nbsp;led the orchestra in the sumptuous (but violin-free) Serenade no. 2 of Brahms. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:12:40 +0000 Barney Sherman 39062 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sirota+Brahms from wcfso, Monday 7 PM Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-826-residency-ipr-studio-session <p>What led three awesome soloists - Julia Bullard (viola), Hannah Holman (cello), and Susanna Klein (violin) -&nbsp; to form an ensemble, and why did they call it "Trio 826"? Hear the answers, and examples of their superb playing, in the live session they broadcast from IPR's studio last fall. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:05:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 38894 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio 826 Residency: the IPR Studio Session Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... http://iowapublicradio.org/post/concert-review-wcfsymphony-takes-us-there <p><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa" target="_blank">Iowa's amazing classical &nbsp;month&nbsp;</a></strong>continues with <a href="http://www.trio826.com/#!live/cqnr" target="_blank"><strong>Trio 826 i</strong>n Cedar Falls and Rock Island</a>&nbsp;(watch this space), the <a href="https://dmsymphony.org/events/masterworks-6-giunta-conducts-beethoven-eroica/" target="_blank"><strong>Des Moines Symphony</strong>&nbsp;in <strong>Beethoven's Eroica Symphony</strong> and <strong>Violin Concerto</strong></a> this weekend, <strong><a href="http://events.kw Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:26:36 +0000 Barney Sherman 38855 at http://iowapublicradio.org Concert review: wcfsymphony takes us there... Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/art-joins-science-crossroads-project <p><strong><a href="http://www.thecrossroadsproject.org/calendar.html" target="_blank">Tonight at the University of Iowa College of Public Health,</a> </strong>the award-winning composer <strong>Laura Kaminsky</strong>, painter <strong>Rebecca Allen</strong>, physicist <strong>Robert Davies,&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The F</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>r</strong>y Street Quartet</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will join forces for an interdisciplinary exploration of </span><stro Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:31:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 38780 at http://iowapublicradio.org Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart http://iowapublicradio.org/post/oi-shines-lvb-dmitri-barber-mozart <p>Mozart was 23 when he wrote a concerto so rich that not even he would ever surpass it. It's for Violin and Viola (K. 364) and when Orchestra Iowa performed the work recently, &nbsp;i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nstead of bringing in touring soloists, they shined the spotlight on their own &nbsp;first violinist Luke&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Witchger&nbsp;and principal violist Lisa&nbsp;Ponton.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; They were amazing:</span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:51:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 38697 at http://iowapublicradio.org OI Shines in LvB, Dmitri, Barber & Mozart Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/london-or-paris-no-its-iowa <div><div><strong><em>Just an ordinary weekend in Iowa: </em></strong>Sure, if you were in London you could hear the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Beethoven and Bruckner, and next weekend, see Sadler's Wells dance a&nbsp;Stravinsky&nbsp;double-bill. But think of the traffic and the cost of living! Meanwhile, here in Iowa? Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:57:20 +0000 Barney Sherman 38616 at http://iowapublicradio.org Is This London (or Paris)? No, It's Iowa! Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/eyes-ears-osmo-sibelius-5-tonight-6 <p>When someone shouted "<strong>Osmo, come home</strong>,” it touched off&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"five minutes of clamorous applause, which quickly turned rhythmic." That demonstration was in Minneapolis this weekend, says the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/arts/music/no-decisions-yet-on-minnesota-ensembles-conductor.html?hpw&amp;rref=arts" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">New York Times</a>, which adds:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ince m</span><span style="l Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:44:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 38413 at http://iowapublicradio.org Eyes & Ears on Osmo: Sibelius 5 tonight @6 Mozart Soiree from WCFSO @7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mozart-soiree-wcfso-7-pm <p>Travel back in time tonight to hear the WCFSymphony's re-creation of&nbsp; a Mozart soiree, recorded live at Waterloo’s newly-restored Brown Derby Ballroom. The elegant interior was the perfect setting for an array of Mozartian gems, culminating in the Symphony no. 40. Soloists included soprano Suzanne Lommler and Artistic Director Jason Weinberger on clarinet. Jacqueline Halbloom hosts this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Barney Sherman 38019 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mozart Soiree from WCFSO @7 PM Iowa Arts Showcase Today @ 11AM or 5PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-today-11am-or-5pm <p>Join Jacqueline Halbloom to hear about four musical events coming up in Iowa next month:</p><ul><li>The <strong>Metropolitan Chorale'</strong>s 60th&nbsp;Anniversary Concert</li><li>The Iowa recital of the 2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Ukrainian pianist<strong> Vadym Kholodenko</strong></li><li>The UI School of Music's<strong> Die Fledermaus </strong>at the Englert</li><li>The Des Moines recital of award-winning French classical guitarist <strong>Judicael Perroy</strong></li></ul> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:05:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 37953 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase Today @ 11AM or 5PM Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/happy-bachs-sort-birthday-0 <p></p><p>It's Bach's Birthday! - or is it? The calendars in Eisenach on the day of his birth read March 21st, but back in 1685 Thuringians were&nbsp; still using the Julian calendar, so our equivalent date is "March 31st," ("equivalent" in being about ten days after the vernal equinox). But old habits die hard, especially addictive ones, and Bach is by far my primary addiction. How about if we just party for ten days?</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:43:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 37906 at http://iowapublicradio.org Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-orchestras-make-music-about-iowa <p>Iowa's orchestras are commissioning works&nbsp;about Iowa; but how can music without words convey anything about a place? Some examples:</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:51:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 37707 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Orchestras Make Music - about Iowa Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-zingarescas-studio-set-ipr <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. They told Barney Sherman about&nbsp;composing Roma&nbsp;music in Moscow,&nbsp;performing with Eugene&nbsp;Hutz&nbsp;at Madonna's birthday party, and reading&nbsp;a scene in Dostoevsky that connects Roma and Klezmer&nbsp;musicians. And they demonstrated the special sound and style of their instruments. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:12:53 +0000 Barney Sherman 37486 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Zingaresca's In-Studio Set at IPR Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux http://iowapublicradio.org/post/post-3-what-makes-it-classical-pt-deux <p>I’ve put it off all week, but the public clamor is getting overwhelming…um, would you believe a single email?... so: On to the follow-up! In my <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music" target="_blank">last post,</a> I explained why my trusty ideas about “what makes music classical” now seem confused, and I promised to follow up with a more viable approach. Here's a start. I don’t want to oversell it; at best, it’s only part of the answer. But for me, it helps clear at least some of the fog.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:23:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 37094 at http://iowapublicradio.org Post 3: What Makes It "Classical," pt. deux Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-fathoms-studio-renaissance-set <p>If you missed the in-studio live set of Renaissance music by Fathom, not to worry - Fortune has smiled on you! You can listen to the mp3 with the widget below or to a WAV file <a href="https://soundcloud.com/barneysherman/the-fathom-early-music" target="_blank">at this link.</a>&nbsp; The group performed music written from the 1400s through February, 2014 (by Mary Larew, a native of Iowa and member of Fathom), all of it focused on the theme of Lady Luck. The six members of Fathom each have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:08:33 +0000 Barney Sherman 36982 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear Fathom's In-Studio Renaissance Set Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems http://iowapublicradio.org/post/orchestra-iowas-beethoven-7-italian-gems <p>Join us Sunday at noon or Monday at 7PM as Orchestra Iowa performs "the apotheosis of the dance" - Beethoven's wildly inspired Seventh Symphony - preceded by two neglected Italian masterpieces. Nino Rota is best known for his film scores for Fellini and Coppola, but was even more important as a concert composer, and double-bass virtuoso Volkan Orhon shows what we've been missing in the Divertimento Concertante. And Giuseppe Martucci's Nocturne is an inexplicably neglected beauty, as Tim Hankewich and the orchestra demonstrate in this concert recorded at the Paramount in Cedar Rapids. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Barney Sherman 36959 at http://iowapublicradio.org Orchestra Iowa's Beethoven 7, Italian Gems