Iowa Arts Showcase

Through short interviews, Jacqueline Halbloom highlights the efforts and activities of non-profit arts and culture organizations throughout Iowa.  She focuses on performing arts organizations, festivals, visual arts organizations, and other cultural centers.  Iowa Arts Showcase shines a light on the contributions of arts organizations to Iowa communities.

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Grab your coffee cup and join us for the July edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase, opening with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music’s artistic director Hunter Capoccioni chatting about this month’s festival.

The June edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase kicks off with Ted Swetz and Jody Hovland discussing Riverside Theatre’s upcoming productions of Hamlet and The School for Scandal at Riverside Theatre in the Park. Hovland is the artistic director and one of the original three founders of RiversideTheatre. Swetz, a Professor of Theater at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and past theatrical director at Riverside, is returning this year to direct The School for Scandal.

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On the May edition of Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase, we will hear from Laura Johnson on the University of Iowa Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Johnson is a visiting professor to the university and the guest director to the ensemble. The performance took place at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City on May 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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  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.

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.

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.

Iowa Public Radio’s January edition of our Iowa Arts Showcase opens 2013 with soprano, Sarah Jane McMahan, who shares background on her unusual journey to the opera stage and  details about her upcoming recital on January 6th for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Des Moines Guild Chapter. Guest director Stanley M.

Iowa Public Radio’s December Iowa Arts Showcase investigates the Des Moines Metro Opera’s Opera Iowa Three Little Pigs adventure for a 13-week whirlwind tour starting in January. The DMMO’s artistic director, Michael Egel, outlines the Opera Iowa Troupe’s arts education goals as they perform at community centers, concert halls, gymnasiums and classrooms all across the state.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. to explore several upcoming Iowa events.

Join Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase on Saturday, October 6th at 11 a.m.

Paula Forest, Artistic Director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association, tells us what to expect during the 2012-2013 concert season, which features performances from world-class performers including pianist Ann Schein, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony, Jonathan Sturm.

American director and choreographer Pat Birch teams up with Shari Roads, Music Director of Way Off Broadway, to highlight their upcoming production of The Orphan Train, a new musical taking place at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield.

This month Jacqueline speaks with Michael Egel, Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, about the 40th anniversary season of the company.  She will preview this month's Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival with impresario Hunter Capoccioni.  Educator and musician Bill Shepherd discusses the band movement in Iowa, and, Maestro Joseph Giunta previews the 75th anniversary season of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.

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