Classical

Classical
9:33 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

DMSO and Nadja on Symphonies of Iowa

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Hear Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, one of America's leading violinists, tonight at 7 with the Des Moines Symphony. She performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with what the Des Moines Register called "intense focus but a light touch... lilting through the middle section and scampering like a giddy squirrel through the finale."
Also on the progam: music from Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Franck's beautiful Symphony in D Minor. Music Director Joseph Giunta conducts on this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast.

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Classical
10:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Met's "Ring" Cycle Part 3, Saturday at 10 AM

Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Martina Serafin as Sieglinde
Credit Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Siegfried, the third part of Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle, airs live from the Metropolitan Opera starting at 10 AM Saturday on IPR Classical.  Jay Hunter Morris reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the title hero, and Deborah Voigt returns as Brunnhilde.

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Classical
10:14 am
Thu April 18, 2013

DMMO's Eugene Onegin, Tonight at 7 pm

Scene from the Des Moines Metro Opera's 40th Anniversary Season production of Eugene Onegin, to be broadcast on IPR Saturday at 7 PM.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

An epic tale from Pushkin meets the irresistible melodies and dances of Tchaikovsky in Eugene Onegin - and you can hear the Des Moines Metro Opera's production in an encore broadcast on IPR's Arias in April series tonight, Saturday April 20th, at 7 p.m . Iowa’s own John Moore, who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, sings the title role, and Jane Shaulis, who has also sung at the Met, is Filippyevna. Other cast members include Jan Cornelius, Elise Qualgliata, and Cody Austin.

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Talk of Iowa
12:46 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Appreciating Classical Music

CaZaTo Ma / flickr

Have you ever felt at a loss to understand certain music?  April is Public Radio Music Month, and we are taking the opportunity to highlight classical and operatic music.  Today we give you some tools for listening to classic music styles with some short excerpts and two music experts who will show you how to truly appreciate the genre.

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Classical
9:05 am
Wed April 17, 2013

McGlaughlin Explores Roaring '20s at 9 PM

Bill McGlaughlin hosting "Exploring Music"
Credit Wikimedia Commons and Exploring Music

In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers, radio became a multimillion dollar industry and art and literature flowed like bathtub gin. On this week's "Exploring Music," Host Bill McGlaughlin gives us a guided tour through the Roaring '20s in New York, Paris and Berlin, introducing us to music from about two dozen composers, including Igor Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, Edgar Varese, Kurt Weill, Maurice Ravel, Germaine Tailleferre, Bela Bartok and Jerome Kern.

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 21 and April 22, 2013

Guest violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Des Moines Symphony – Nadja Plays Mendelssohn

Joseph Giunta, music director
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

WAGNER                               Music from Die Meistersinger
MENDELSSOHN                Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.
FRANCK                                 Symphony in d Minor

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 14 and April 15, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Orchestra Iowa – Star-Crossed Lovers
Timothy Hankewich, music director
Frank Oden, actor

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Symphonies of Iowa
10:38 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for April 7 and April 8, 2013

Guest Artist Hunter Capoccioni
Credit Hunter Capoccioni

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony – Past & Present, Hunter Capoccioni

Jason Weinberger, music director
Hunter
Capoccioni, bass

MOZART                              La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621, “March” and “Overture”
HARBISON                         Concerto for Bass Viol
BARBER                               Suite from Medea, Op. 23

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Iowa Arts Showcase
12:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase April 6, 2013 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Vladimir Gorbach, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America competition
Credit crossingsatcarnige.com

  Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase, April edition will celebrate Public Radio Music Month with an appearance by the Amara Piano Quartet (formerly known as the Ames Piano Quartet) complete with their new members, pianist Mei-Hsuan Huang and violinist Boro Martinic. Mei-Hsuan and Boro will join with long-time piano quartet and Iowa State music faculty, violist Jonathan Sturm and cellist George Work to discuss the challenges and rewards of forming a new piano quartet and the joys of performing chamber music.

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Performance Iowa
12:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Lehar's The Merry Widow

Scene from CROT's 2012 production of The Merry Widow
Credit Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

On May 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April concludes with an encore broadcast of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s 2012 production of The Merry Widow. Written in 1905 by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow 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.

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Performance Iowa
11:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Johann Strauss the Second's Die Fledermaus

Scene from the University of Northern Iowa Opera Theatre's 2011 performance of Die Fledermaus
Credit UNI Opera Theatre

Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa’s Arias in April series presents an encore broadcast of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music’s-Opera Theatre presentation of Die Fledermaus 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.

This concert was recorded March 31, 2011.

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Performance Iowa
11:49 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April Featuring Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents Arias in April with an encore broadcast of Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2012 Fortieth Anniversary Festival Season performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. 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.

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Symphonies of Iowa
11:25 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for March 31 & April 1, 2013

Credit Orchestra Iowa

Orchestra Iowa Chamber: Concert 3
LECLAIR                                 Sonata for 2 Violas, Op. 12 #2
BOCCHERINI                         Trio in D minor, Op. 54, No. 5
MENDELSSOHN                    Quintet No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 87

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Performance Iowa
9:53 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Arias in April featuring Mozart's Don Giovanni

Scene from the DMMO's 40th Anniversary 2012 Season
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio will celebrate Public Radio Music Month on Saturday evenings at 7 with Arias in April. Brought back by popular demand, Iowa Public Radio Classical will present encore broadcasts of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 40th Anniversary season. We’ll also air again the UNI Opera Theatre’s production of Die Fledermaus and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Merry Widow performance.

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Live Music Events
11:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Amara Piano Quartet live concert broadcast

Photo courtesy of Joanne Rile Artists Management

Join  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 Amara Piano Quartet on Sunday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.  This program is part of our Performance Iowa series.

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Symphonies of Iowa
8:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa for March 24 and 25, 2013

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist: Jon Nakamatsu

Internationally-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for performances of Liszt’s first and second piano concertos. Nakamatsu, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, has performed at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, the Beijing International Piano Festival and with jazz pianist David Benoit at the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. This program under Maestro Joseph Giunta opens with music from Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera, Hansel and Gretel.

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University Concert
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

University Concert March 16 and 17, 2013

Pianist Rika Uchida, with soprano Leanne Freeman-Miller, recorded on the Drake University campus on March 23, 2011.

Symphonies of Iowa
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 17 and 18, 2013

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, led by music director Jason Weinberger, joins forces with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival to bring audiences an eclectic array of American chamber music. Opening the concert is Walter Piston’s Divertimento, written for nine instruments and commissioned by the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1946. John Harbison’s North and South is a cycle of six settings of poems by Elizabeth Bishop, scored for mezzo-soprano, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass.

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Symphonies of Iowa
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 10 and 11, 2013

Orchestra Iowa triumphantly returns to the newly refurbished Paramount Theatre following the devastating flood of 2008. In this concert, Orchestra Iowa presents the orchestral suite from the romantically poignant opera, Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. Der Rosenkavalier was an instant success following its Dresden premiere in January of 1911. The orchestra continues with Gunther Schuller’s most popular work, Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee.

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University Concert
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

University Concert March 9 and 10, 2013

A recital by pianist Nicholas Roth, recorded in November 2012.

University Concert
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

University Concert March 2 and 3, 2013

The ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Golemo, recorded on April 27, 2012.

Symphonies of Iowa
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Symphonies of Iowa March 3 and 4, 2013

The Des Moines Symphony, led by Maestro Joseph Giunta, performs Paul Dukas’ programmatic scherzo, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on a ballad by the German poet Goethe. Guest artist Benny Kim joins the orchestra for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto. The concert closes with Berlioz’s monumental and programmatic  Symphonie Fantastique.

(Concert recorded Oct. 27 and 28, 2012)

Iowa Arts Showcase
12:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Iowa Arts Showcase March 2, 2013

This month, Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase includes Trio 826 who will be performing in the Castle Room at Wartburg College on March 10, 2013.  This magnificent trio is comprised of three good friends Julia Bullard, Susanna Klein, and Hannah Holman who all wanted to explore new and old classical music.

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University Concert
12:00 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

University Concert February 23 and 24, 2013

The Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, with trombone soloist Grady McGrannahan, recorded on October 9, 2012.

Classical Music in the Midday
12:46 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Midday October 24, 2012 Pt. 2

Curt Snook’s 11 a.m. hour show brings together Iowa State University’s associate professor of music Mary Creswell and Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Hallbloom to discuss ISU’s November performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.They’ll chat about the show and collaboration between the ISU Opera Studio, ISU Theatre, and ISU Chamber Orchestra.

Classical Music in the Midday
12:45 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Midday October 24, 2012

During Curt Snook’s noon hour show, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Joseph Giunta joins Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Hallbloom to discuss the DMSO’s upcoming Symphonie Fantastique performance on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Maestro Giunta will share about their program including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor by Bruch, and Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz.

Classical Music in the Midday
12:44 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Midday October 23, 2012

During Curt Snook’s 11 a.m. hour show, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra’s director Jason Weinberger joins Iowa Public Radio’s Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the WCFSO’s upcoming Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto performance on Saturday, Oct. 27. Dror Biran, one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists will also appear as a guest performer for the concert.

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Classical Music in the Midday
12:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Midday September 27, 2012

Stay with Curt Snook’s show, during the 11 a.m. hour as the Des Moines Symphony’s Maestro Joseph Giunta joins IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom by phone to talk about the orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Season Debut: Scheherazade and Nomade to be held on September 29th and 30th at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Maestro Giunta will chat about their world premiere of a newly-commissioned piece by Steve Heitzeg for this occasion called a Symphony In Sculpture.

Classical Music in the Midday
12:43 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Midday September 19, 2012

During Curt Snook’s program in the 11 a.m. hour, Jason Weinberger, director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and Indie singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, join IPR’s Jacqueline Halbloom to discuss the WCFSO’s opening performance of the season on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Kahane singing and performing on guitar and piano with the orchestra his 2012 work called Crane Palimpsest for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra. They discuss Purcell’s incidental music to the Fairy Queen and Beethoven’s famous Pastoral Symphony.

Classical
12:40 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Classical Music in the Afternoon August 13, 2012

Faculty Artist and University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano, Sean Botkin, will make an appearance during the 3 o’clock hour to chat with Jacqueline about his recent debut at Ravinia performing the Rachmaninoff 4th Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. Mr.

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