Classical Music in the Afternoon 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: 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 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 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 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" 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! 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 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 Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fathoms-live-renaissance-set-3-pm <p>Tune in at 3pm for a live in-studio concert of Renaissance music by the NY-based group Fathom.&nbsp; Its six members, including two Iowans, have distinguished careers in early music (and in some cases, new music as well). They are:</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36821 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fathom's live Renaissance set @ 3 PM Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/blog-post-2-just-what-classical-music <div dir="ltr"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Quick</strong>: <strong>define “classical music.”</strong> &nbsp;It may sound easy, but most of <em>my </em>attempts have been dead ends. They don't get you to much of the music.&nbsp;<strong>Later I’ll discuss a definition that I think works -&nbsp;</strong>it covers everything, and helps explain why classical music matters to us. But first let me give you <strong>a tour of some of the blind alleys.</strong></span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:27:02 +0000 Barney Sherman 36373 at http://iowapublicradio.org Blog Post 2: Just What IS "Classical Music"? Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "Zingaresca" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romarussian-guitar-session-zingaresca <p>With all eyes on Sochi, here's a little IPR&nbsp;extra for the ears: two masters of the Russian 7-string guitar, Oleg Timofeyev and Vadim Kolpakov, who came into our studios last November to play original and traditional music. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:29:52 +0000 Barney Sherman 35814 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roma/Russian Guitar Session by "Zingaresca" My First Blog Post: "Not Dead Again" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-first-blog-post-not-dead-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month on <em><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-symphonies-evolve-survive" target="_blank">Talk of Iowa</a></em>,&nbsp;</span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank">Charity </a></strong></span><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank">Nebbe</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/people/charity-nebbe" target="_blank"> </a></strong>hosted four Iowa music directors–</span></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:27:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 35643 at http://iowapublicradio.org My First Blog Post: "Not Dead Again" Iowa Symphonies Evolve to Survive http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-symphonies-evolve-survive <p>When Barney Sherman started planning his career in classical music, his supervisor told him, “Don’t even think about it, classical music is dying…the stations are closing, everyone’s looking for another career, it’s over.” But, 23 years later, Sherman is a Senior Music Producer at Iowa Public Radio, and Iowa’s classical industry is thriving.</p><p>Not that Iowa’s symphonies have not gone through some evolution.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:18:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 35225 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Symphonies Evolve to Survive Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/favorite-classical-cds-2013 <p>When I <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-folk-and-classical-music-2013" target="_blank">spoke with<strong> Charity Nebbe </strong>about favorite</a><strong><a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-folk-and-classical-music-2013" target="_blank"> classical CDs of 2013</a>,</strong> time was short, so I cut my list to 10 that I thought might appeal to the widest range of listeners. But my actual list is much longer. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Barney Sherman 33812 at http://iowapublicradio.org Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 Classical Music in the Afternoon June 18, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-music-afternoon-june-18-2012 <p>Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock for an exclusive in-studio preview performance of <a href="http://www.robertlindseynassif.com/" target="_blank">Robert Lindsey-Nassif's</a> new opera, <a href="http://legionarts.org/events/frankenboy" target="_blank"><i>Frankenboy: A Monsteropera</i></a>. Composed for the <a href="http://www.cr-opera.org/" target="_blank">Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre</a>, <i>Frankenboy</i> is a one-act opera that presents an anti-bullying message aimed at young audiences. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:36:53 +0000 Barney Sherman 15497 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classical Music in the Afternoon May 21, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-music-afternoon-may-21-2012 <p>Join Iowa Public Radio’s senior music producer Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o’clock hour for an interview with the Artistic Director of the <a href="http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org/" target="_blank">Des Moines Metro Opera</a>, <a href="http://www.desmoinesmetroopera.org/about_dmmo#directors" target="_blank">Michael Egel</a>. Mr. Egel will discuss details about the DMMO’s Fortieth Anniversary Season running&nbsp;between June 22nd to July 15th. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:34:06 +0000 Barney Sherman 15493 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classical Music in the Afternoon May 9, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-music-afternoon-may-9-2012 <p>Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews pianist <a href="http://www.barry-douglas.com/" target="_blank">Barry Douglas</a> regarding his upcoming performance with the <a href="http://www.dmsymphony.org/" target="_blank">Des Moines Symphony</a>. A Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Douglas will be featured on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the DMSO's <a href="http://www.dmsymphony.org/component/option,com_gigcal/task,details/gigcal_gigs_id,195/Itemid,246/" target="_blank">Season Finale</a> concert, scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2012.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:33:16 +0000 Barney Sherman 15492 at http://iowapublicradio.org Classical Music in the Afternoon April 27, 2012 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/classical-music-afternoon-april-27-2012 <p>University of Northern Iowa faculty artist <a href="http://www.uni.edu/music/faculty/capoccioni.html" target="_blank">Hunter Capoccioni</a>, double bass, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss his upcoming involvement in <em>Music to Commemorate the Passover Season and the Holocaust</em>. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:31:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 15490 at http://iowapublicradio.org