Iowa Public Radio’s February Iowa Arts Showcase will come to you at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on February 2nd.
We’ll commemorate Black History month with the African American Museum of Iowa’s Executive Director, Tom Moore and their Director of Education, Michelle Poe, as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary connecting Iowans of all ages with American history. We’ll learn about their incredible museum events and activities planned through-out the year, and why African American history IS American history.
The Founding Director Emerita, violinist, and violin teacher extraordinaire, Doris Preucil from the Preucil School of Music, shares
details about her discovery of the Suzuki teaching method, and her innovative contributions to music and string playing over the past 50 years in the state and in the nation. Doris is joined by one of her first Iowa City students, violinist, Anita Tucker.
Guitarist and musicologist John Dowdall along with historian and preservationist Michael Zahs, both members of the Red Cedar Chamber Music, provide us with tuneful and historical perspectives on the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. They discuss their series of February concerts called “Seven Score and Ten” featuring Civil War music from the battlefield, campfires, and prison camps with Jan Boland on wooden flute, John Dowdall on gut-strung guitar and guest soprano, Karla Goettel.
And Simpson College’s Director of Opera, Bernard McDonald along with guest stage director, Crystal Manich reveal their take on Massenet’s opera Cinderella and share details about their upcoming February 15th through 17th Cinderella performances. Dr. McDonald and Ms. Manich also give us a glimpse into a different perspective on this well-known fairytale.