Jason Weinberger http://iowapublicradio.org en June Showcase Hosts Sister Prejean and Jake Heggie, CROT's "Mikado", the 5 Seasons Chamber, & more! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/june-showcase-hosts-sister-prejean-and-jake-heggie-crots-mikado-5-seasons-chamber-more <p>School is out for the summer with just enough time to catch up on arts events across the state on Iowa Public Radio’s <em>Iowa Arts Showcase</em>. Our June edition features:</p><ul><li><em>Sister Helen&nbsp;Prejean, humanitarian, author, and activist, discussing the evolution of her “Dead Man Walking,”</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael Gilbertson, Artistic Director of ChamberFest Dubuque, discussing the evolution of his “Juilliard in June” program into the new multiple concert series and workshop event.</em></li><li><em>Daniel&nbsp;Kleinknecht, artistic director of the Cedar Rapids Opera&nbsp;Theatre, talking about the&nbsp;CROT’s“Mikado”&nbsp;&nbsp;production,</em></li><li><em>Stephanie&nbsp;Wagor, festival artistic director, and Jason&nbsp;Weinberger, conductor and chamber music coach, sharing details about the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival</em></li><li><em>And composer Jake&nbsp;Heggie, talking about the unusual circumstances of his first opera based on Sister Helen&nbsp;Prejean’s&nbsp;book.</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:20:53 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 41297 at http://iowapublicradio.org June Showcase Hosts Sister Prejean and Jake Heggie, CROT's "Mikado", the 5 Seasons Chamber, & more! 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" 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 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... 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 Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kristallnacht-commemoration-monday-7 <p>There's another chance to hear&nbsp;wcfsymphony’s commemoration of the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that some believe marked the beginning of the Final Solution. The concert was organized by Jason Weinberger, who tells Jacqueline Halbloom about his four grandparents, all of whom survived Nazi camps, and leads a host of musicians and speakers from around the community. Participants included Hunter Capoccioni, Cedar Valley Chamber Musicians, the Metropolitan Chorale, the Wartburg Choir, the Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff, and Lee Nelson. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:44:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 36625 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kristallnacht Commemoration Monday @7 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 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 Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bach-handel-more-wcfso-xmas-concert <p>Join us Monday at 7PM as Jason Weinberger and the wcfsymphony perform Christmas (and other) music of Bach, Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Bach includes selections from his cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, plus the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Kathleen Sihler and Ute Brandenburg on violas. Music from Handel's <em>Messiah </em>and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:40:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 33557 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert The Planets Revisited with the wcfsymphony http://iowapublicradio.org/post/planets-revisited-wcfsymphony <p>Join us Monday at 7PM to explore <em>The Planets</em>, with the music of Gustav Holst&nbsp; and insights from artist Gary Kelley and music director Jason Weinberger, who conducts the wcfsymphony. This Symphonies of Iowa rebroadcast was produced and hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:51:21 +0000 Barney Sherman 32592 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Planets Revisited with the wcfsymphony Violins of Hope, Kristallnacht Event NOW http://iowapublicradio.org/post/violins-hope-kristallnacht-event-now <p>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.</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:05:51 +0000 Barney Sherman 31897 at http://iowapublicradio.org Violins of Hope, Kristallnacht Event NOW Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-5pm-0 <p>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, <em>Breaking</em>, premiering on November 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. &nbsp;Then, in Cedar Falls, Dr. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:46:49 +0000 Barney Sherman 31421 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM Iowa Arts Showcase November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-arts-showcase-november-2-2013-11-am-and-5-pm-1 <p></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:38:07 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 31357 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Arts Showcase November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Capoccioni, WCFSO: Mozart, Barber, Harbison http://iowapublicradio.org/post/capoccioni-wcfso-mozart-barber-harbison <p>Join us tonight to hear Hunter Capoccioni perform the Double-Bass Concerto written for him by the noted composer John Harbison. The International Society of Bassists commissioned&nbsp; the piece for Hunter in memory of his late father.&nbsp; Hunter is director of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival&nbsp; and a UNI faculty artist. Also on the program are selections from Mozart’s opera <em>La Clemenza di Tito </em>and from Samuel Barber's ballet <em>Medea</em>. Jason Weinberger conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:24:18 +0000 Barney Sherman 29500 at http://iowapublicradio.org Capoccioni, WCFSO: Mozart, Barber, Harbison WCFSO, Orchestra Iowa Outdoors on IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wcfso-orchestra-iowa-outdoors-ipr <p>Two of Iowa's finest orchestra will perform outdoors this weekend, and IPR takes you there.&nbsp; At RiverLoop Ampitheatre in Waterloo at 7:30 tonight, you can hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and a pair of Slavonic Dances (Jason Weinberger tells Barney Sherman about it in the first clip below). Then, Sunday night at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa performs an all-Russian program - Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky - to be broadcast live as part of IPR's Performance Iowa series. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:35:12 +0000 Barney Sherman 28726 at http://iowapublicradio.org WCFSO, Orchestra Iowa Outdoors on IPR Holvik, Weinberger, WCFSO Chamber Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/holvik-weinberger-wcfso-chamber-concert <p>Tune in Monday at 7 PM as the Cedar Valley Chamber Festival, Iowa-born soprano Karen Holvik, and Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony join forces for a concert of chamber delights. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 23:04:05 +0000 Barney Sherman 28423 at http://iowapublicradio.org Holvik, Weinberger, WCFSO Chamber Concert Biran & WCFSO in Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, Dahl http://iowapublicradio.org/post/biran-wcfso-tchaikovsky-kodaly-dahl <p>Tune in Monday at 7PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in concert. Dror Biran - "one of Israel's most admired and gifted pianists" - performs Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the orchestra. Before that, Jason Weinberger conducts the orchestra in Kodaly's <em>Variations on a Hungarian Folksong</em>, also called the <em>Peacock Variations</em> because its theme is the Hungarian folk song <i>Fly, Peacock Fly</i>. Sun, 04 Aug 2013 21:43:35 +0000 Barney Sherman 26905 at http://iowapublicradio.org Biran & WCFSO in Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, Dahl Holst's "Planets" Reimagined by WCFSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/holsts-planets-reimagined-wcfso <p>Tune in Sunday at noon or Monday at 7 PM to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Jason Weinberger in "The Planets Reimagined" - Holst's masterpiece along with a new rendering by artist Garry Kelley. The concert was recorded on April 27 as part of IPR's&nbsp;Symphonies of Iowa series.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 19:37:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 22134 at http://iowapublicradio.org Holst's "Planets" Reimagined by WCFSO WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wcfso-bachfest-tonight-7-pm <p>"The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices"&nbsp; is the title of a Bach cantata and of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's concert of Easter-related Bach, which you can hear tonight at 7 PM. The Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 is preceded by sinfonias from several cantatas (including "The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices" BWV 31) and the Easter Oratorio, and by the entirety of the beautiful Cantata 104, "Hear, O Shepherd of Israel" (with the University of Northern Iowa Cantorei and soloists Jeffrey Brich and John Hines). Music Director Jason Weinberger conducts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 18 May 2013 00:57:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 20977 at http://iowapublicradio.org WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM Iowa-Inspired Music from the WCFSO http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-inspired-music-wcfso <p>Join us tonight at 7&nbsp; to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform three works inspired by the Midwest. Jonathan Chenette&rsquo;s <em>Rural Symphony </em>is his creative response to<em> </em>Iowa&#39;s prairies and farm life. Antonin Dvorak&rsquo;s &ldquo;American Suite&rdquo; draws on his visit to the United States, including a summer in Iowa. Aaron Copland&rsquo;s <em>The Tender Land</em> depicts the story of a young girl about to leave her home on a Midwestern farm. Jason Weinberger conducts, on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.</p><p></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:45:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 19896 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa-Inspired Music from the WCFSO