Barney Sherman

Senior Music Producer

Barney Sherman joined Iowa Public Radio member station KSUI in fall 2001 as Classical music host. In his role with Iowa Public Radio, Barney hosts weekday afternoon Classical programs. He has written about music in books for Oxford and Cambridge university presses and in articles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, and many other publications.

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Classical
9:25 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Yankee Doodle Pops rebroadcast @noon

Tune in from noon to 1:30PM for a Veterans Day rebroadcast of this year's Yankee Doodle Pops concert from Des Moines.  The Des Moines Symphony and Joseph Giunta perform favorites celebrating America's many facets, and the concert culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with Howitzer canons provided by the Iowa National Guard. The broadcast, hosted by IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom and Karen Impola, is part of IPR's "Performance Iowa" series.

Classical
6:55 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Trio 826 Live from IPR - Join Us Wednesday!

Trio 826 - Hannah Holman, Susanna Klein, and Julia Bullard - on the road!
Credit Juliabullard.com

Join us Wednesday at 4PM as Trio 826 performs live on the air from IPR's Studio One in Cedar Falls - and stay for a reception with food and refreshments! Seating is limited, so please RSVP at 1-8oo-861-8000. Trio 826 consists of three stellar players - Susanna Klein, violin, Julia Bullard, viola, and Hannah Holman, cello - who make amazing music together. Tune in or, better yet, join us in person to hear them play.

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Classical
1:05 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Violins of Hope, Kristallnacht Event NOW

Jason Weinberger sharing the story of how his grandparents survived the Holocaust with a rapt audience in Cedar Falls yesterday.
Credit Barney Sherman

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.

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Classical
5:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kristallnacht Commemoration Live on IPR

Jewish children in the Terezin concentration camp
Credit Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Join us Sunday at 3PM for a live broadcast commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht - the pogrom that foreshadowed the Holocaust.  This community effort brings together the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, its music director Jason Weinberger, bassist Hunter Capoccioni, the Wartburg Choir, Cedar Valley Youth Honor Chorus, Brian Pfaltzgraff and Lee Nelson.

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Classical
10:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Golijov's tribute, Steinbacher's Mendelssohn

Arabella Steinbacher playing her Stradivarius
Credit Robert Vano, courtesy IMG Artists

Join us Thursday at 7PM for a New York Philharmonic concert with something for everyone. First, composer Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round" pays tribute to his fellow Argentine, Astor Piazzola; then the acclaimed young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher plays the Mendelssohn concerto; and finally, the sensational young American conductor Joshua Weilerstein (brother of MacArthur Genius Alisa Weilerstein) conducts Dvorak's Eighth Symphony. Tune in to hear these young talents at work with a great ensemble.

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Classical
9:50 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Inspired by Baroque music? These guys too!

French Baroque composer Francois Couperin, "The Great," who inspired Ravel and Thomas Ades.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in tonight at 7  for a concert of works by Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and the young British composer Thomas Ades that were inspired by the 18th century. Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" pays tribute to the French Baroque; one of the greats of that era, Francois Couperin, inspired Ades' "Three Couperin Sketches." Respighi's "The Birds" is his arrangement of music by several 18th-century composers, and Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" explore a theme he wrote to honor that century's music.

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Classical
10:46 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase at 5PM

Michael Gilbertson, Dubuque composer, whose opera will be performed at the Kennedy Center this month
Credit michaelgilbertson.net

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, Breaking, premiering on November 13 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Then, in Cedar Falls, Dr.

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Classical
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

"Boheme" from Cedar Rapids Opera

The children's chorus from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's production of Puccini's La Boheme.
Credit Jean Rude

Tune in today at 12 noon for the grand finale of our Opera in October series, as the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performs Puccini's La Boheme. Erica Strauss sings Mimi, Eric Barry is Rodolfo, Philip Torre is Marcello, and Meredith Hansen is Musetta in this irresistible story of young love and loss.

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Classical
11:25 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Lincoln Center Chamber series returns

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, where our weekly chamber music concerts are recorded
Credit wikipedia

It's back, starting at 10 AM! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings together some of the world's finest chamber musicians, and you can hear it weekly on IPR. It starts with Mozart at his best: the Violin Sonata in e minor played by Arnaud Sussman and Inon Barnatan, and the String Quintet in 3 in C major, K. 515, performed by no less than Ani Kavafian, Benjamin Beilman, Paul Neubauer, Lily Francis, and Timothy Eddy.

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Classical
4:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Houston Grand Opera returns w. Rossini

An 1867 caricature of Gioachino Rossini
Credit wikipedia

Tune in right now as the Houston Grand Opera returns for four weekends to IPR. First up is Rossini's delightful "The Italian Girl in Algiers," with the noted mezzo Daniela Barcellona in the title role.

Classical
9:22 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

German Requiem (& Genius Premiere)

Canadian violinist and MacArthur "Genius" fellow Leila Josefowicz
Credit J. Henry Fair, courtesy HarrisonParrott

Tune in Tuesday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" violinist Leila Josefowicz premieres a new work by Stephen Mackey written in memory of his mother, and Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic and Master Chorale in the profoundly beautiful "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms. At the core of this masterpiece is a movement Brahms added in memory of his own mother; it is sung by Christine Schaeffer (Matthias Goerne is the male soloist).

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Classical
5:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Mozart's "Clemenza" Tonight & Sunday

Lisa Neher as Annio, Allison Crain as Servilia, and Brian Dykes as Publio in the Act I finale of La Clemenza di Tito
Credit Todd Adamson

Love "The Magic Flute"? Mozart's next opera was "The Clemency of Titus." You can hear the University of Iowa Opera Theatre's production tonight at 7PM or Sunday at noon. It's the last broadcast in IPR's "Opera in October" series, hosted and produced by Jacqueline Halbloom.

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Classical
11:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Pavarotti & Ricciarelli in SF "Luisa Miller"

Luciano Pavarotti and Katia Ricciarelli in San Francisco Opera's 1974 'Luisa Miller'
Credit Carolyn Mason Jones

Tune in Saturday at noon for Verdi's Luisa Miller in a 1974 performance by the San Francisco Opera. Katia Ricciarelli sings the title role and Luciano Pavarotti is the nobleman she loves but, as a poor village girl, cannot marry. This archived broadcast captures Pavarotti's first performance of this role.

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Classical
11:09 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Beethoven 9th & Turnage Premiere

Beethoven painted during the time he was composing his Ninth Symphony.

Join us at 7PM as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, preceded by a musical meditation on the 9th, "Frieze" by Mark-Anthony Turnage  in its American premiere. Says Turnage, "I've been obsessed with Beethoven from the age of eight. What a joy, therefore, to be asked... to write a piece inspired by Beethoven's great symphony. Beethoven is a towering figure, but I find him more inspiring than intimidating."

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Classical
9:46 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Verdi's Requiem from Amsterdam

Giuseppe Verdi
Credit wikipedia

Join us at 7PM to hear an "unusually sensitive and humane" concert performance of Verdi's Requiem by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and their chief conductor, Mariss Jansons. In this performance, reported one critic, "the whole piece came together as [a] long, beautiful and genuinely moving prayer..." The Netherlands Radio Chorus was "world class," and the soloists (Anja Hartenos, Stephanie Blythe, Dimitri Pittas, and Orlin Anastassov) were exceptional. Hear the result for yourself on IPR Wednesday night.

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Classical
10:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Mozart Requiem in Concert from Dresden

Mozart at age 26, in an unfinished portrait by Joseph Lange.
Credit wikipedia

Tune in at 7 PM to hear the work Mozart left unfinished at his death - the Requiem - performed in concert by the Dresden Staatskapelle. The Staatskapelle, one of the world's oldest and most admired orchestras, is led by its new music director, Christian Thielemann.

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Classical
3:22 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

DMMO's "Elektra" on "Opera in October"

The Des Moines Metro Opera's "Elektra"
Credit Daily Life Photography

Join us today at noon as our Opera in October series continues with the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Elektra by Richard Strauss. This opera was the beginning of a long collaboration between Strauss and the notable Austrian author  Hugo von Hoffmansthal. Its powerful retelling of the Greek myth challenges performers to this day. Tune in to hear how well the DMMO surmounts those challenges!

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Classical
2:37 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Adamo's "Mary Magdalene" at SF Opera

The San Francisco Opera's production of "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by Mark Adamo
Credit Cory Weaver, courtesy San Francisco Opera

Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera performs Mark Adamo's new opera, "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "lushly beautiful, suffused with ripe tonal harmonies and urgent, arching melodies that lodge immediately in the listener's memory."

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Classical
10:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Arnone's Bach Live from IPR at 1 PM

Cellist Anthony Arnone of the University of Iowa

Tune in today at 1 PM as cellist Anthony Arnone plays selections from Bach's Suites for Solo Cello live from IPR's studios in Cedar Falls. Arnone, a professor at the University of Iowa, will not only play, but also talk to IPR's Barney Sherman about the music and his project of playing Bach in unexpected public places.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
3:35 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Brandenburgatopia - Afternoons This Week

The opening of the manuscript Bach sent to the Margrave of Brandenburg.
Credit Bach-Archiv Leipzig (bach-digital.de)

Among the many delights that Barney Sherman has scheduled this week is a new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos that will make you fall in love with them yet again. We all thought we knew how these concertos sound - but these performances glow with warm, rich timbres we haven't yet heard from other period-instrument (or modern-instrument) groups. We all have a sense for how they move, but these have a natural interplay among the musicians and a liveliness that comes from within the music (as opposed to velocity imposed from without).

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Classical
8:19 am
Sat October 12, 2013

DMMO's "Extraordinary" 'Grimes' on RIGHT NOW

The Des Moines Metro Opera's "Peter Grimes."
Credit Daily Life Photography

Benjamin Britten came to the USA in 1939, but sailed home to England in 1942. What had made his homesickness too powerful to ignore was reading the poetry of  George Crabbe, which was set in Britten's home county of Suffolk.

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Classical
7:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Golijov's Azul, Tchaikovsky's 6th from LA

Osvaldo Golijov, who was born in 1960 to an Eastern European Jewish family in Argentina, moved as a young man to Israel, and now lives in the USA.
Credit Sara Evans © 2002 from osvaldogolijov.com

Tune in tonight at 7 as Marin Alsop conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's last symphony, a heartfelt emotional journey known as the "Pathetique," and in a beautiful work by the Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, Azul. Composed for Yo-Yo Ma, Azul is now being performed by other cellists, including the soloist in this concert, Joshua Roman.

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Classical
9:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A Taste of Verdi on his 200th Birthday

October 10th is the 200th birthday of one of music's most perceptive and passionate humanists, Giuseppe Verdi, who made the New York Times's recent list of the 10 greatest composers. Barney Sherman, Fred Childs and IPR will share some choice examples of why, along with the music of Beethoven, Brahms and other greats whom he admired or who admired him. Tune in!

Classical
8:25 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tonight at 7: Mahler 9th from Amsterdam

Gustav Mahler in 1907, a year before he began work on his Ninth Symphony
Credit wikipedia

Mahler's 9th Symphony "expresses an extraordinary love of the earth," said Alban Berg; yet "it comes from eternity," said Herbert von Karajan. Hear an extraordinary performance by one of the world's finest orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, led by Daniele Gatti, the music director of the French National Orchestra and Zurich Opera. Reviewing the September concert, one critic wrote that "the sound of this wonderful orchestra really opened up" and that "Gatti’s and the orchestra’s pacing and shaping of this was excellent."

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Classical
11:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Iowa Bachtoberfest & Goldberg Greatness

Bach without his wig, reconstructed by forensic anthropologist Carolyn Wilkinson from a cast of his skull.
Credit Centre for Forensic and Medical Art, Dundee University

Tune in this afternoon as Tim Hankewich joins Barney Sherman to tell us about the upcoming Bachtoberfest concerts in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Ottumwa  - and Barney shares a new recording of The Goldberg Variations that would knock Bach's wig off!

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Classical
11:59 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Opera in October (pt. 1): Romeo from DM

Jason Slayden as Romeo and Sara Gartland as Juliet perform in Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet"
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Tune in at noon as IPR's "Opera in October" series begins with the Des Moines Metro Opera's "Romeo and Juliet." This production of Gounod's classic - known above all for its beautiful love duets - features Sara Gartland and Jason Slayden in the title roles. IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom produces and hosts the series.

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Classical
5:14 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase: Saturday 11AM & 5PM

A work by artist El Anatsui featured at the Des Moines Arts Center's exhibit, "GRAVITY AND GRACE: Monumental Works by El Anatsui"
Credit Des Moines Arts Center

Join us for October’s Iowa Arts Showcase. Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews: Jeff Fleming of the Des Moines Art Center about its upcoming Gravity and Grace exhibit featuring the art of El Anatsui; Iowa Composer’s Forum members Jillian Whitaker of UNI and Jerry Owen of Coe College; actress Tanna Frederick, cofounder of the Iowa Independent Film Festival;  and Bernard McDonald and Bruce Brown about their upcoming Simpson College opera productions.

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Classical
9:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Andsnes, Dudamel Beethoven Thirds

Norwegian pianist/conductor Leif Ove Andsnes, called "one of the most gifted artists of his generation."
Credit le frisson from flickr.com

Tune in at 7PM for Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto and 3rd Symphony from two leading artists -  Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Andsnes, who was recently elected to Gramophone's Hall of Fame, is in the midst of what he calls his "Beethoven journey," and his recent recording of this concerto was praised widely - but all present say he surpassed it in this concert performance. As for Dudamel, he and the LA Philharmonic have recorded the "Eroica" Symphony, but they, too, apparently surpassed the recording in this concert.

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Classical
9:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Weilerstein, Masur, NY in Brahms

Alicia Weilerstein, the MacArthur "Genius" American cellist.
Credit Jamie Jung from opus3 artists

Tune in Thursday at 7PM as MacArthur "Genius" Alicia Weilerstein brings her cello to the New York Philharmonic, joining its concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the Double Concerto of Brahms. Conducting is Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur , who also leads the Brahms Symphony no. 2. Alec Baldwin hosts the broadcast.

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Classical
9:29 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Beethoven 9th & more from Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven.
Credit ©Chris Christodolou courtesy west-eastern-divan.org

Join us at 7PM for Beethoven's 9th Symphony (preceded by his 2nd) in a concert by Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of young Israeli and Arab musicians, the West-Eastern Divan. Before, at 5 pm, you can hear him lead the Vienna Philharmonic in Johann Strauss, Jr., and - as pianist - play Mendelssohn, Mozart, and the Chopin Concerto no. 2 (conducted by the Boston Symphony's new music director, Andris Nelsons). You'll also hear him say, "I pray every day that I will not get comfortable in my old age."

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