Jacqueline Halbloom

Classical Music Host

Jacqueline Halbloom, now in her 14th year in classical public radio, currently serves as Iowa Public Radio’s producer and host of Symphonies of Iowa, Performance Iowa and Iowa Arts Showcase. In addition to her on-air duties, Jacqueline serves on the Friends board of UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.  A true lover of music and public radio, Jacqueline is indeed a great advocate for the fine arts in Iowa.

She brings to her work a background both practical and theoretical: Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Education, which she used as a teacher of orchestra students. As a player, she performed in the viola section of the Eugene Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and Cedar Rapids Symphony (now known as Orchestra Iowa).  She is adequately familiar with the numerous slanders against the viola versus the violin. (Why is a viola more useful than a violin?  Being larger, it burns longer).  Even after many bad jokes, Jacqueline remains positive about music and public radio’s ability to enrich the lives of all who listen.

Jacqueline's favorite shows are University Concert and Choral Tradition.

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The world-renowned pianist, Jonathan Biss, hopes to complete recording all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas by 2020. He also created a Beethoven/5 project, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and five living composers each writing a concerto inspired by one of Beethoven’s five piano concertos.

His online course, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, enrolled more than 150,000 students from 60 countries. What an outreach!

Putnam Museum and Science Center

Novelist Ayn Rand said it best: “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.”

The Putnam Museum takes this statement to heart with their new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions.

Showcased will be vignettes of characters from novels such as Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Harry Potter, The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Age of Innocence. These heroic women truly come to life in the new exhibition.

Des Moines Metro Opera

Dvořák’s gripping opera, Rusalka, often compared to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, ushers his heroine, Rusalka, through the joys of falling in love, coupled with the heartbreak of broken commitments as the result of several tragic decisions.

Sung in Czech, the opera truly “resonates with Dvořák’s passion for Czech folklore and fairy tales.” He “juxtaposes the mortal and the mythical with beautiful folk melodies and luminous arias.”

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Born in 1907 in Winterset, John Wayne’s family moved a lot. Wayne was a smart kid and a budding athlete. He attended the University of Southern California on a sports scholarship until an injury ended his football career. Switching gears, he started working as a prop man and an extra in Hollywood. The rest is history.

Brooklyn Museum

What better forces to pair up than music and art? The Figge Art Museum in Davenport and The Quad City Symphony Orchestra have partnered to create a celebration of “French Moderns.”

Des Moines Metro Opera

Kicking off the broadcasts is a performance by the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2018 production of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus.

Die Fledermaus is described as an “effervescent and sparkling confection” that contains “familiar melodies” and “delightful charm.” A tale about a friend who plays a joke on another friend, the story will bring laughter to all listeners.

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Fine art, wooded hills, and winding rivers – over 50 artists will be putting out their welcome mats for this year’s 21st annual Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour.

Vibrant falling leaves are the backdrop to discovering unique painting, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, weaving, wood, blown glass, sculptures, and collages. Artists open their studios to the public exclusively for this event, where visitors can watch the artists create, chat, and purchase works of art.

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A one-of-a-kind landmark mostly survived Marshalltown’s July 19th tornado on 129 E Main Street. Its survival is even more miraculous since it is all displayed totally outside. Owners Barb Hagstrand and Jeff Mitchell are more than thankful.

Just over five years ago, the location of the garden was a burnt-out building that was destroyed in a fire. Four years later, Barb and Jeff cut the ribbon on the new garden and many in town came to celebrate.

The New York Times calls Inon Barnatan "one of the most admired pianists of his generation." Barnatan will make his Des Moines debut this weekend with the Des Moines Symphony performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto.  Having played with symphonies including the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies along with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics and receiving awards such as Lincoln Center's 2015 Martin E. Segal Award, Barnatan is considered a "young artist of exceptional accomplishment."

Headed for a career in law, Igor Stravinksy didn’t immediately realize his talent as a composer. Yet, once he did, he soared, creating a new style of music – modernism. This new style was “pared down to essentials, in melody, rhythm and instrumentation.” Stravinsky showcased his invention in 1918 with a composition entitled L'Histoire du soldat, translated into “The Soldier’s Tale.” It is scored for seven instruments (clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion) and four speaking parts (the Devil, the Soldier, a Princess, and an unseen reader).

Orchestra Iowa

Cicadas and classical music – it doesn’t get much better than that. On Saturday, September 15, Orchestra Iowa presents Brucemorchestra XI “The American Rhapsody.”

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Iowa Composers Forum

The Iowa Composers Forum, dubbed ICF for short, is hosting their Fall Festival with a trio of concerts showcasing new music. A dozen composers are on the docket: Shawn Crouch, Elaine Erickson, Ben Hippen, Denise Knaack, Robert Martin, Jerry Owen, James Romig, Ray Songayllo, David Vayo, Randy Wells, Jonathan Wilson, and Alec Wood.

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Composer Philip Glass informed concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein that he wanted to compose a piece specifically for her. She loved the idea and devised a plan to involve orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. Simone set forth to organize a consortium of orchestras, and the wcfsymphony was one of them.

Glass composed Piano Concerto No. 3 for this consortium and Simone. To say it has been a success is an understatement. Simone’s recording of the concerto reached number one on the Billboard classical charts.

Iowa Quilt Archives

"Blessed are the piecemakers!" 

What started as a hardware store in Winterset, Iowa and was used for many other businesses is now the location for the Iowa Quilt Museum.

The current exhibit is "Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair." Imagine an open space with 20-foot ceilings, featuring a magical display of quilts that "had the distinction of winning a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair." The exhibit showcases quilts from the past 32 years.

What do you get with a street full of top-notch juried artists, face painters, balloon sculptures, children's activities, and live demonstrations? You get the 13th Annual ARTapalooza Fine Art Show, taking over downtown Cedar Falls on the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Artists go through a "highly competitive process" before they are chosen to participate. Featured artwork includes ceramics, metal sculptures, paintings, glasswork, fiber, jewelry, photography, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.

Library of Congress

Composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100-years-old on August 25th. To celebrate, the world is performing, listening to, and creating events to honor this virtuoso and his music.

Iowa Arts Council

Iowans want to change the world and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs helps them do it!

Believe it or not, this year alone, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awarded over $2 million in grants to organizations and groups throughout the state of Iowa.

Michael Morain, communications manager at the IDCA, showcases the organizations and groups that the grants were awarded to and how those projects will benefit Iowa. 

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The Zenith Chamber Music Festival showcases professional musicians across the globe in addition to local artists. This year’s artists include Anna Reider and Helen Hwaya Kim on violin, Sheldon Person on viola, Ashley Sidon and Paula Kosower on cello, and Kelly Kuo on piano, along with the Damani Phillips Jazz Quartet. These national and international artists pair with local musicians to celebrate the arts and bring classical music to the Des Moines area.

Mozart was just 25-years-old when he moved out of the nest. Away from home, he found love, musical inspiration, and composed his first opera, Abduction from the Seraglio, in Vienna. That piece, along with others, kick-started his career.

State Historical Museum

The saying “Nothing runs like a Deere” still holds true 100 years after Deere entered the engine and tractor business. Iowa celebrated this 100 year anniversary in June and continues to celebrate it.

Retired John Deere engineer and former long-term Iowa resident, Terry Woods shares the 100-year evolution of John Deere tractors in Iowa, plus his famous airline ticket sketch.

100 years ago, John Deere acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. What started as a company producing steel plows now boasts plants located worldwide.

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Coming soon to the Urbandale Community Theater is Robert John Ford’s Six-on-Six The Musical!

Please note the venue change: This Urbandale Community Theater production will be held at Valley High School's Staplin Performing Arts Center in West Des Moines. 

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Ritual Fire Dance” concert. The performance includes works by Ravel, Rodrigo, and Falla.

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Listen below to hear of all kinds of interesting art and musical events that will be happening around the state of Iowa in the months of July and August! Events such as IPR broadcasts, summer municipal band concerts, musicals, recitals, theater shows, art exhibits and festivals, chamber festivals, and so much more are happening right here in Iowa. So get out and enjoy the music!

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik” concert. The Halloween-themed performance includes works by Gustav Mahler, Ferruccio Busoni, Hector Berlioz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, and Charles Gounod.

International Arts & Artists

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids recently opened an extraordinary exhibit that will run through September 17th. This show entitled "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Join IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom as she interviews Stefanie Kohn, Curator of The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library about this new exhibit.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

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On Monday, July 16th at noon, IPR’s Performance Iowa will bring you a taste of this year’s Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, live from IPR’s Studios!

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This week's Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony's "Masterworks 2: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake" concert. The orchestra performs works by Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. 

Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center recently opened a unique exhibit that will run through September 2nd. This show entitled “In the Spirit of Louise Noun” is in honor of philanthropist, art historian, feminist, pioneer collector of women’s art, and civic and social activist, Louise Noun.

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Listen below to hear of all kinds of interesting art and musical events that will be happening around the state of Iowa in the month of June! Events such as IPR broadcasts, symphony concerts, summer municipal band concerts, musicals, recitals, jazz festivals, theater shows, art exhibits, operas, chamber festivals, and so much more are happening right here in Iowa. So get out and enjoy the music!

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