Classical http://iowapublicradio.org en 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? 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 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" Play It Again And Again, Sam http://iowapublicradio.org/post/play-it-again-and-again-sam <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH45A6ek45s</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Alix Spiegel 38762 at http://iowapublicradio.org Play It Again And Again, Sam 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 In The First Violins — At Least For One Night http://iowapublicradio.org/post/first-violins-least-one-night <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5BoFihAJw</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:12:06 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 37985 at http://iowapublicradio.org In The First Violins — At Least For One Night 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! 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 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 Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames http://iowapublicradio.org/post/trio-settecento-italian-baroque-ames <p>Join us Saturday at 7AM or Sunday at 6PM to hear selections from the Ames concert by one of today's leading Baroque ensembles, Trio Settecento. Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, cellist/ gambist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader perform music of the Italian Baroque as guests of Ames Town and Gown. The broadcast is part of our University Concert series.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:09:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 36945 at http://iowapublicradio.org Trio Settecento Italian Baroque in Ames Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tallis-fantasia-scottish-fantasy-dmso <p>Hear Joe Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams's <em>Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis </em>and a lesser-known gem, based on Scottish folk melodies, Max Bruch's <em>Scottish Fantasy. </em>The soloist in the Bruch is&nbsp;the award-winning young Japanese violinist&nbsp;Fumiaki Miura. Also on the program: Wagner's <em>Rienzi </em>Overture and Richard Strauss's <em>Rosenkavalier </em>suite. The broadcast, on Sunday at 12 noon and Monday at 7PM, is part of our Symphonies of Iowa series, produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:36:00 +0000 Barney Sherman 36347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tallis Fantasia, Scottish Fantasy from DMSO Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mets-woman-without-shadow-noon <p>Richard Strauss scored "Die Frau ohne Schatten" for, count 'em, 164 instruments; the percussion alone include "glass harmonica, 4 timpani, 5 Chinese gongs, cymbals, snare drum, rute, sleigh bells, bass drum, tenor drum, big field drum, triangle, tambourine, 2 castanets, tamtam, whip (slapstick), xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, 2 celestas." Budgets alone would make performance rare, as do&nbsp;scenery challenges (like a golden waterfall and, we're not making this up, children singing out of a frying pan). Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:06:48 +0000 Barney Sherman 36328 at http://iowapublicradio.org Met's "Woman Without a Shadow" @Noon Symphonies of Iowa Presents DMSO's Scottish Fantasy and Rosenkavalier Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-dmsos-scottish-fantasy-and-rosenkavalier-concert <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Join Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s performance with Fumiaki Miura, a young Japanese violinist as he makes his debut with the Des Moines Symphony.&nbsp; Miuara, winner of the international Joseph Joachim Violin Competition will join the symphony for an inspiring performance of Bruch’s <em>Scottish Fantasy</em>. Also included on this program is Strauss’s romantic Suite from<em> Der Rosenkavalier</em>.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35517 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa Presents DMSO's Scottish Fantasy and Rosenkavalier Concert Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hadelich-overcomes-injury-attains-greatness <p>Doctors told 15-year-old violin prodigy&nbsp;Augustin Hadelich he would never play again. A tractor fire at his family's farm had badly burned his upper body, including his bowing arm. But after many months of physical therapy Hadelich came back - and now, at age 29, he has won top international awards, been entrusted with two consecutive Stradivarius violins, and earned praise from critics like Alex Ross, who wrote in <em>The New Yorker </em>that Hadelich&nbsp;has not only "fast-fingered brilliance" but also "the musicality and freewheeling fantasy that... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:08:19 +0000 Barney Sherman 36099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hadelich Overcomes Injury, Attains Greatness Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS http://iowapublicradio.org/post/herrera-weill-black-history-month-ias <p>Join Jacqueline Halbloom at 5PM&nbsp;as Iowa Arts Showcase finds out about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallcorn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Jazz Festival,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a Kurt </span>Weill<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> show with poetry by Langston Hughes, and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> more. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 03:13:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 35986 at http://iowapublicradio.org Herrera, Weill & Black History Month on IAS Symphonies of Iowa Presents the Orchestra Iowa Chamber's First 2013-2014 Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-orchestra-iowa-chambers-first-2013-2014-concert <p>The first Orchestra Iowa Chamber concert of the 2013-2014 season, entitled <em>Fall Romance</em>, includes the music of Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. This program features violinists Luke Witchger and Karla Galva, violists Lisa Ponton and Amanda Grimm, cellist Carey Bostian, bass Volkan Orhon, and Charles Harris on horn. Please join Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> for our broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Showcase Chamber <em>Fall Romance</em> performance.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35516 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa Presents the Orchestra Iowa Chamber's First 2013-2014 Concert Think Denk: Jeremy's Mozart from SF @7PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/think-denk-jeremys-mozart-sf-7pm <p>Last year, &nbsp;<strong>Jeremy Denk</strong> won a MacArthur "Genius" fellowship, published a memoir in t<em>he New Yorker</em>, signed a contract with Random House to expand that article into a book, &nbsp;and - oh, yes - won a place on IPR's&nbsp;"<a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/post/favorite-classical-cds-2013" target="_blank">Favorite Classical CDs of 2013"</a>&nbsp;list for his recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations." All of this makes us eager to hear him play one of Mozart's most celebrated piano concertos, no. 25 in C major. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:32:33 +0000 Barney Sherman 35753 at http://iowapublicradio.org Think Denk: Jeremy's Mozart from SF @7PM February Iowa Arts Showcase Takes Center Stage Saturday, February 8 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/february-iowa-arts-showcase-takes-center-stage-saturday-february-8 <p></p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s February Edition of the <em>Iowa Arts Showcase </em>provides a front row seat to the University of Northern Iowa’s Tallcorn Jazz Festival and Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz with guest artist Nachito Herrera. Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom sits down with Herrera to discuss his early introduction to the world of classical and jazz piano along with his experience as an educator. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:46:50 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 35717 at http://iowapublicradio.org February Iowa Arts Showcase Takes Center Stage Saturday, February 8 Reich, Adams, Ravel & LvB from wcfso http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reich-adams-ravel-lvb-wcfso <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;wcfsymphony took risks in this</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year's season opener - and they worked! Hear the result as conductor&nbsp;</span>Jason Weinberger solos on clarinet in Steve Reich’s pulsating <em>New York Counterpoint</em>, Iowa-born pianist&nbsp;Conor Hanick&nbsp;plays John Adams’ <em>Century Rolls,</em> and the orchestra rocks Beethoven’s<em> Wellington’s Victory </em>and Ravel’s <em>Bolero.&nbsp;</em>Hear the concert Monday at 7PM on Symphonies of Iowa, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 01:13:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 35701 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reich, Adams, Ravel & LvB from wcfso Minghella's "Butterfly" @noon live from Met http://iowapublicradio.org/post/minghellas-butterfly-noon-live-met <p>Anthony Minghella, after directing "The English Patient" and "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," turned his talents to Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" &nbsp;- that "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">cross-cultural tragedy"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of "devotion and irresponsibility and misunderstandings willful and innocent." Few operas are as difficult to bring off and Minghella's&nbsp;spare production made it "take wing." Hear it from the Met today at noon. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:46:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 35664 at http://iowapublicradio.org Minghella's "Butterfly" @noon live from Met 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" Symphonies of Iowa presents wcfsymphony's "Opening-Night Gala" 2/2 and 2/3 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-wcfsymphonys-opening-night-gala-22-and-23 <p>The wcfsymphony takes the stage with flair in this week's&nbsp;<em>Symphonies of Iowa</em> on Iowa Public Radio. Special guest pianist and Iowa native Conor Hanick joins the orchestra to perform John Adams&nbsp;<em>Century Rolls</em>. Inspired by the edgy and rhythmic sound of piano rolls on a player-piano, the piano concerto quotes composers such as Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin, and Fats Waller amidst the musical image of an orchestra "aligned amongst the cogs and wheels of a bustling rhythmic machine."&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 34999 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa presents wcfsymphony's "Opening-Night Gala" 2/2 and 2/3 94 Years After Death, Maud Powell Wins Grammy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/94-years-after-death-maud-powell-wins-grammy <p>This year at the Grammy Awards, Lifetime Achievement awards are going to bands like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15229570/the-beatles" target="_blank">The Beatles</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15331601/the-isley-brothers" target="_blank">The Isley Brothers</a> — long overdue, you could say. But they look like young punks next to another Lifetime Achievement recipient: Maud Powell.</p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:55:47 +0000 Barney Sherman & Deceptive Cadence Blog (NPR) 35363 at http://iowapublicradio.org 94 Years After Death, Maud Powell Wins Grammy 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 Symphonies of Iowa presents DMSO's "From Russia With Ilya" 1/26 and 1/27 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/symphonies-iowa-presents-dmsos-russia-ilya-126-and-127 <p>This week on Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Symphonies of Iowa</em>, internationally renowned pianist Ilya Yakushev takes the stage with Maestro Joseph Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony in their 76<sup>th</sup> season debut program, <em>From Russia With Ilya</em>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 34693 at http://iowapublicradio.org Symphonies of Iowa presents DMSO's "From Russia With Ilya" 1/26 and 1/27 Salonen in Sibelius as CSO Moves to Friday! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/salonen-sibelius-cso-moves-friday <p>Join us tonight at 7 as our &nbsp;weekly Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcast moves to a new time: Friday night. We're starting with an exceptional concert: the noted Finnish composer /conductor Esa-Pekka&nbsp;Salonen&nbsp;leads what may be our greatest orchestra (the CSO) in what may be the greatest symphony (the 7th) written by Salonen's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">greatest compatriot (</span>Sibelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;">). Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:14:06 +0000 Barney Sherman 34320 at http://iowapublicradio.org Salonen in Sibelius as CSO Moves to Friday! 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 Top Folk and Classical Music of 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/top-folk-and-classical-music-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Host Charity </span>Nebbe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is joined by </span>IPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> music host Barney Sherman to talk about the top classical music of 2013, and Karen </span>Impola<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks about some of the best folk music of the year. &nbsp;Listen to some excerpts and a </span>little<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> info about the artist and performances. Scroll down for the full list of selections.</span></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:03:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe, Ben Stanton, Barney Sherman & Karen Impola 33719 at http://iowapublicradio.org Top Folk and Classical Music of 2013