With spring just around the corner, Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase gives you a fresh look into the restoration of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium’s “Silver Code”, the curtain that has opened world class acts for 45 years. Kate Greder, Textile Conservation Fellow, Jason Alread, Iowa State Associate Professor of Architecture, and Lynette Pohlman, the Director of University Museums at ISU, discuss the meticulous process of restoring the treasured curtain, as well as the curtain’s role in ISU’s architecturally significant Stephens Auditorium.
Dr. Robert Larsen, co-founder and long-time conductor and stage director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, looks back to 1973 when he and Douglas Duncan helped create the now nationally recognized Opera program. Dr. Larsen commandeered his dual position at the DMMO for every production with the company for 38 years until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. James Rodde, Artistic Director of The Des Moines Choral Society, chats about their upcoming premiere of Stacey V. Gibbs new work, My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord. Stacey V. Gibbs is highly acclaimed for his energetic arrangements of classic spiritual works. The program also includes other vocal selections and concludes with Faure’s Requiem in d minor.
Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble interviews 22-year old jazz vocalist, Max Wellman. A native of Des Moines, Wellman recently released a new CD “You Must Believe in Spring,” a unique collection of traditional music. Wellman talks about his unconventional approach to the music business with his music subscription program called “The Songbook Project.”
And we will take a sneak peek at Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival with co-director Andre Perry. Join us on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for Iowa Public Radio’s March edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase.