Barney Sherman

Classical Music Host

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 and Sunday 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. Another topic he has written about is Iowa, for The Atlantic (and for Iowa Public Radio!).

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Tune in Thursday at 7 pm to hear "Prospero's Rooms"  - a piece by Christopher Rouse based on Edgar Allen Poe's  "Masque of the Red Death" - premiered by the New York Philharmonic  with music director Alan Gilbert. Also on the program is  Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony, inspired in part by Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Celestial Railroad," and Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade," inspired by Plato's "Symposium," performed by Joshua Bell. The broadcast is hosted by Alec Baldwin.

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The players stomped their feet to applaud the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - that's how great the Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Carnegie Hall concert was.  Hear it for yourself tonight at 7 on SymphonyCast. The New York Times said, "The ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogeneous richness, has never sounded better." On the program are Ravel's La Valse, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto (Leonid Kogan is the soloist), and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

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Join us tonight at 7  to hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform three works inspired by the Midwest. Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is his creative response to Iowa's prairies and farm life. Antonin Dvorak’s “American Suite” draws on his visit to the United States, including a summer in Iowa. Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land 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.

UNI Opera Theatre

Tune in Saturday at 7 PM for the UNI Opera Theatre's irresistible production of Johann Strauss Jr's witty, melodious  "Die Fledermaus." It's performed in communicative English and led by Jonathan Girard.  The broadcast is part of our "Arias in April" series. (Bonus: watch the rehearsal of the overture:


Tune in at 7 tonight to hear pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Mozart's 23rd Concerto, plus a new concerto written for him by fellow Frenchman Tristan Murail. Also, American David Robertson conducts Beethoven's irresistible Symphony no. 2, and a work by the mystical Frenchman Olivier Messiaen. As usual, Alec Baldwin hosts this weekly broadcast of the New York Philharmonic.

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Hear the orchestra voted the world's finest with the rising Taiwanese conductor Shoa-Chia Liu in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Debussy's Images at 7 pm on IPR Classical. Liu, who was music director of the Hannover State Opera and now heads the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, has been called "exceptionally gifted" and a "master of nuance" by the German press. As for the Royal Concertgebouw, it came in #1 in a 2010 Gramophone poll of international critics. The concert comes to us from SymphonyCast.

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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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.

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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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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Tune in tonight at 7 PM to hear a concert by Gustavo Dudamel - the phenomenal young music director of the LA Philharmonic  - and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, with which he started his career. Featured is music by Latin American composers Silvestre Revueltas, Julion Orbon, Carlos Chavez, and Arturo Marquez. As an encore, SymphonyCast will broadcast the final movement of Mahler's 9th from a recent live recording by Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic.

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Hear Part II of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle, Die Walkure, live from the Metropolitan Opera this Saturday beginning at 10 AM. In this second opera, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world. Deborah Voigt returns with her acclaimed Brunnhilde, and on the podium is the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews Randal K. West, Executive and Artistic Director of Way Off Broadway, Iowa's only professional musical theatre company.

Tune in during the 2 o'clock hour as Jacqueline interviews Maestro Joseph Giunta, music director of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, about the DMSO's 18th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops performance on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Nicholas Renkoski, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Des Moines Metro Opera. Mr. Renkoski will discuss the opening performances of the DMMO's summer season, including the premiere of Don Giovanni on Friday, June 22, and Puccini's La Rondine, which will premiere on Saturday, June 23.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock for an exclusive in-studio preview performance of Robert Lindsey-Nassif's new opera, Frankenboy: A Monsteropera. Composed for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Frankenboy is a one-act opera that presents an anti-bullying message aimed at young audiences.

Host Jacqueline Halbloom interviews Michael Mayes, baritone. Originally from Conroe, Texas, Mr. Mayes has performed with opera companies across the United States including Madison Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Fort Worth Opera.

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 Des Moines Metro Opera, Michael Egel. Mr. Egel will discuss details about the DMMO’s Fortieth Anniversary Season running between June 22nd to July 15th.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour as she interviews pianist Barry Douglas regarding his upcoming performance with the Des Moines Symphony. A Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist, Douglas will be featured on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the DMSO's Season Finale concert, scheduled for May 12 and 13, 2012.

University of Northern Iowa faculty artist Hunter Capoccioni, double bass, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss his upcoming involvement in Music to Commemorate the Passover Season and the Holocaust.

During the 2 o’clock hour, Jacqueline will be speaking by phone with cellist Emanuel Wehse, a member of the Morgenstern Trio. The Morgenstern Trio is appearing in concert on Thursday evening at 7:30 in the Great Hall of the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The Trio will perform Debussy’s Piano Trio in G, Mozart’s Trio for Piano, Violin, Cello, K. 564, and Smetana’s Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15.

The University of Northern Iowa’s Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Dr. Stephen Gaies will join Jacqueline during the 2 o’clock hour to talk about his collaboration with the Jewish

Music Director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Jason Weinberger stops by the studio during the 2 p.m. hour to discuss the WCFSO's performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Bernard McDonald, pianist, conductor and director of opera at Simpson College, joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour to discuss the upcoming guest artist recital of baritone and Simpson College graduate John Michael Moore.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony music director Jason Weinberger joins Jacqueline during the 2 o'clock hour for an interview regarding the WCFSO's upcoming concert on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, acclaimed author and host of American Public Media's The Splendid Table, joins Jacqueline during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss her role in the upcoming The Art of Chocolate by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour for an interview with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra artists regarding the DSO's upcoming concert, The Sounds of Scotland.

Daniel Kleinknecht and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre join host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 3 o'clock hour to discuss the CROT's upcoming production, The Art of Chocolate, which features two one-act operas.

Maestro Giunta joins host Jacqueline Halbloom by phone during the 2 o'clock hour to talk about this weekend's Des Moines Symphony program, Barber & Tchaikovsky. The DMSO will be joined by guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi for their performance of Barber

Violinist Jennifer Frautschi joins host Jacqueline Halbloom during the 2 o'clock hour for an interview about her upcoming performance with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Frautschi will make her Iowa debut starring on Barber's Violin Concerto as part of the DMSO's Barber & Tchaikovsky program.