Performance Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en Live Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony's annual Yankee Doodle Pops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/live-broadcast-des-moines-symphonys-annual-yankee-doodle-pops <p>Live from the West Terrace of Iowa’s State Capitol, Iowa Public Radio Classical is pleased to present the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s 21<sup>st</sup> annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 42009 at http://iowapublicradio.org Live Broadcast of Des Moines Symphony's annual Yankee Doodle Pops Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-pianist-margaryta-golovko-wins-first-prize-midwest-international-piano-competition <p>Congratulations to Margaryta Golovko, winner of the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition! After competing this past week with nineteen other pianists in the senior division from eleven different countries, Margaryta is the winner of a $10,000 cash prize, a CD recording with the Blue Griffin label, a concerto performance with the wcfsymphony on November 1, 2014, and an optional 2-year professional management contract with Heartland Concert Artists.</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 03:22:03 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Pianist Margaryta Golovko Wins First Prize in Midwest International Piano Competition Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/three-finalists-face-saturday-10000-midwest-international-piano-competition <p class="Body">While sixteen of the greatest young senior division pianists from around the world begin to pack their bags, Elina Akselrud, Tomer Gewirtzman, and Margaryta Golovko are preparing for the final round of the senior division of the Midwest International Piano Competition, and the chance to win $10,000.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio speaks with Midwest International Piano Competition founders </span>Dmitri<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Vorobiev<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Sean </span>Botkin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:13:48 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41814 at http://iowapublicradio.org Three Finalists Face Off this Saturday for $10,000 in Midwest International Piano Competition Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/junior-division-finalists-selected-midwest-international-piano-competition <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Twenty-six young, world-class pianists from across the globe have been competing this week in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition. Iowa Public Radio speaks with the founders of the competition, Dmitri Vorobiev and Sean Botkin. Hear the two University of Northern Iowa Piano Professors describe the origins of this inaugural event as they give us a peek behind the scenes.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:59:45 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41770 at http://iowapublicradio.org Junior Division Finalists Selected in the Midwest International Piano Competition Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/live-broadcast-top-notch-pianists-midwest-international-piano-competition-finals-june-7-5 <p>Three of the world’s best young pianists will be competing in the finals for the first ever Midwest International Piano Competition, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Wed, 28 May 2014 17:50:12 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41349 at http://iowapublicradio.org Live Broadcast of Top Notch Pianists in Midwest International Piano Competition Finals, June 7 at 5 Performance Iowa Special: Live Sneak-Peek of Robert Lindsey Nassif's "Opal," Tuesday, 1/21 at noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-special-live-sneak-peek-robert-lindsey-nassifs-opal-tuesday-121-noon <p>In Iowa Public Radio's Studio One, Robert Lindsey-Nassif and members of the CSPS <em>Opal </em>cast along with Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom&nbsp;explore Lindsey Nassif’s critically-acclaimed musical, <em>Opal</em>. Iowa native&nbsp;Lindsey-Nassif, the composer, librettist, and director shares the background behind this unique riches-to-rags story of Opal Whiteley, a seven-year-old girl orphaned in a ship wreck and raised in an Oregon lumber camp.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35002 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa Special: Live Sneak-Peek of Robert Lindsey Nassif's "Opal," Tuesday, 1/21 at noon Performance Iowa Live Broadcast of CROT's Carmen, January 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-live-broadcast-crots-carmen-january-19-2014-2-pm <p>Love, lust, betrayal, and revenge all simmer during the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Bizet’s <em>Carmen</em>. Mezzo soprano and Iowa native, Janara Kellerman, sings the title role of the gypsy seductress. Tenor Alok Kumar plays the love-struck Don José, and baritone Philip Torre appears as the handsome toreador Escamillo.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 34106 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa Live Broadcast of CROT's Carmen, January 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. Performance Iowa Special: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's FRANKENBOY! on January 1, 2014 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-special-cedar-rapids-opera-theatres-frankenboy-january-1-2014 <p>Kick off the New Year with Iowa Public Radio’s special broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Young Artist production of <em>FRANKENBOY!</em>&nbsp; by Iowa composer and librettist, Robert Lindsey-Nassif. Robert is the recipient of several awards for his Off-Broadway productions. <em>FRANKENBOY! </em>tells the story of Melvin Frankenstein and his first day at Transylvania Middle School.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:44:49 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 34073 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa Special: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's FRANKENBOY! on January 1, 2014 Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano, in recital on Performance Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sarah-jane-mcmahon-soprano-recital-performance-iowa <p>Join Iowa Public Radio in a special broadcast of the recital of renowned soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, at noon on both Friday November 29, 2013 and Sunday, December 8, 2013.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:48:28 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 32619 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano, in recital on Performance Iowa Performance Iowa Thanksgiving Special: Brucemorchestra VI http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-thanksgiving-special-brucemorchestra-vi <p>Save a seat at your Thanksgiving table this year for Iowa Public Radio Classical, as we present a special broadcast featuring Orchestra Iowa's annual Brucemorchestra concert from 2013. This special will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 1, 2013 at noon.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:39:11 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 32620 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa Thanksgiving Special: Brucemorchestra VI Performance Iowa Live Broadcast September 8, 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-live-broadcast-september-8-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iowa Public Radio’s&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Performance Iowa</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;series will present a live broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Brucemorchestra!&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">2013 on Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Held on the front lawn of&nbsp;Brucemore&nbsp;mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s concert features works by three of Russia’s best-known composers.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:01:19 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 27525 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa Live Broadcast September 8, 2013 Performance Iowa July 3, 2013: Yankee Doodle Pops http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-july-3-2013-yankee-doodle-pops-0 <p>Iowa Public Radio Classical’s <em>Performance Iowa</em> will present the Des Moines Symphony’s 20<sup>th</sup> annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, broadcast live from the West Terrace of the state capital. The theme of this year’s concert is “Road Trip U.S.A. — An American Journey.” IPR producers Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola will host a pre-concert patriotic warm-up at 8 pm, setting the stage for the DMSO’s patriotic celebration.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:31:46 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 23007 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa July 3, 2013: Yankee Doodle Pops Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-lehars-merry-widow <p>On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Arias in April</em>&nbsp;concludes with&nbsp;an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of <em>The Merry Widow</em>. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, <em>The Merry Widow</em> tells the comical story of the wealthy widow Hanna, wooed by Prince Danilo of 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.” Daniel Kleinknecht conducts. Orchestra Iowa musicians perform as the Opera Orchestra.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:12:12 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18404 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-johann-strauss-seconds-die-fledermaus <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Performance Iowa’s Arias in April</em> series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of <em>Die Fledermaus </em>at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013. 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.</p><p>This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:58:51 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18403 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-tchaikovskys-eugene-onegin <p>On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Performance Iowa</em> presents <em>Arias in April</em> with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s <em>Eugene Onegin</em>. 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. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:49:22 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18402 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-puccinis-la-rondine <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Arias in April</em> features an encore broadcast of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La Rondine (The Swallow) on April 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. Des Moines Metro Opera chose to bring this opera to life once again for their Fortieth Anniversary 2012 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 <em>Opera News </em>and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:38:38 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18397 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April Featuring Puccini's La Rondine Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni http://iowapublicradio.org/post/arias-april-featuring-mozarts-don-giovanni <p>Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with <em>Arias in April</em>. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of <em>Die Fledermaus</em> and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s <em>Merry Widow</em> performance.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:53:10 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18389 at http://iowapublicradio.org Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni Amara Piano Quartet live concert broadcast http://iowapublicradio.org/post/amara-piano-quartet-live-concert-broadcast <p></p><p></p><p>Join&nbsp; hosts Jacqueline Halbloom and Curt Snook as IPR Classical comes to you live from Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in Ames with a performance by the <strong>Amara Piano Quartet</strong> on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.&nbsp; This program is part of our <em>Performance Iowa</em> series.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:25:09 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 18205 at http://iowapublicradio.org Amara Piano Quartet live concert broadcast Performance Iowa January 20, 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-january-20-2013 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom and co-host University of&nbsp; Iowa’s professor of voice, Dr. Katherine Eberle, present Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> in a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s performance of <i>La Boheme, </i>on location<i> </i>from the newly restored<i> </i>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, <i>La Vie de Boheme. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:23:40 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15544 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa December 22 and 23, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-december-22-and-23-2012 <p>The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony presents a special holiday concert with global sensation, <a href="http://www.thetexastenors.com/" target="_blank">The Texas Tenors</a>. Former finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the trio is comprised of tenors John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15543 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa December 15, 16, and 22, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-december-15-16-and-22-2012 <p>Joined by <a href="http://www.balletquadcities.com/" target="_blank">Ballet Quad Cities</a>, Orchestra Iowa presents a performance of <a href="http://www.orchestraiowa.org/Events/20121201/171/The-Nutcracker.aspx" target="_blank">Tchaikovsky’s <i>Nutracker</i> ballet</a>. Tchaikovsky’s final ballet, <i>The Nutcracker </i>was first staged at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892. It is based on E.T.A. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:21:52 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15542 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa December 8 and 9, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-december-8-and-9-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> presents Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ Opus Inauguration Chamber Concert. Following the floods of 2008, the <a href="http://www.paramounttheatrecr.com/" target="_blank">Paramount Theatre </a>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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:21:04 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15541 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa November 22 and 25, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-november-22-and-25-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio Classical's <i>Performance Iowa </i>series presents encore broadcasts of Orchestra Iowa's 2012 <i>Brucemorchestra! </i>program. Recorded from the front lawn of the historic <a href="http://www.brucemore.org/" target="_blank">Brucemore Estate </a>in Cedar Rapids, this year's <i>Brucemorchestra! </i>program featured the American music of Gershwin, Grofé and Copland. Gershwin's impressionistic <i>An American in Paris</i> portrays the story of a young American, absorbing the sounds of French culture as he strolls down the streets of Paris. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:20:16 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15540 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa November 18, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-november-18-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> 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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:19:28 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15539 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa November 10 and 11, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-november-10-and-11-2012 <p>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.&nbsp;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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:18:42 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15538 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa November 3 and 4, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-november-3-and-4-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio concludes their <i>Performance Iowa’s </i><i>Opera in October</i> series with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of Franz Lehar’s <i>The Merry Widow</i>. A wealthy widow struggles with where to invest her money. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, <i>The Merry Widow</i> 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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:17:05 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15536 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa October 27 and 28, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-october-27-and-28-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa’s Opera in October</i> series presents the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of <i>Die Fledermaus</i>. 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.</p><p>(Recorded March 31, 2011)</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:16:08 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15535 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa October 20 and 21, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-october-20-and-21-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> presents <i>Opera in October</i> with the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s <i>Eugene Onegin</i>. 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. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:24 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15534 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa October 13 and 14, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-october-13-and-14-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance </i>Iowa features the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 performance of La<i> Rondine (The Swallow.) </i>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 <i>Opera News </i>and John Viscardi performing the poet Prunier. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:14:33 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15533 at http://iowapublicradio.org Performance Iowa October 6 and 7, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/performance-iowa-october-6-and-7-2012 <p>Iowa Public Radio’s <i>Performance Iowa</i> kicks off their <i>Opera in October</i> series with performances featuring the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Fortieth Anniversary season. &nbsp;Iowa Public Radio’s first broadcast showcases the Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece <i>Don </i>Giovanni. The cast includes Marjorie Owens, as Donna Anna, and Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez, as Zerlina, who were both highlighted last summer in <i>Opera </i>News. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:13:45 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 15532 at http://iowapublicradio.org