Performance Iowa

Iowa Public Radio’s performance series, Performance Iowa, showcases Iowa's best performers as well as visiting musicians making a special stop in Iowa and in our studios. Host Jacqueline Halbloom goes behind the music in each broadcast with IPR’s classical music team and celebrity guests.

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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.”

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.

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.”

Eclavelle Designs

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!

CHRISTOPHER MAHARRY

The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert once again rings in Independence Day celebrations. On Monday, July 2nd, DMSO will perform on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol for its 25th annual show. Described as “family-friendly and patriotic”, this event is free, and audience members are invited to bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs. The evening begins at 8:00 pm with IPR’s preshow and is followed by DMSO’s “Simon Sings America” concert at 8:30 pm.

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Iowa Public Radio will wave its stars and stripes on Flag Day with a broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s 24th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert.

The show kicks off with the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest winner, Stephanie Schneider, performing The Star Spangled Banner. Entitled An American Journey, the program then moves onto Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones. Following that, guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra such as Come Fly with Me and other patriotic classics, including God Bless the U.S.A.

Heartland Marimba

On Wednesday, June 13th at noon, Matthew Coley and the Heartland Marimba Ensemble will bring their marimba music to IPR’s Studio One!  They will perform a “fun and festive selection of music from around the world.” Tune in on Wednesday, June 13th at noon for this magical live Studio One Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast!

ChamberFest Dubuque

With summer of 2018 comes ChamberFest Dubuque’s 10th annual festival! As part of the Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM), ChamberFest Dubuque features a workshop and a concert. The group performing at the concert is an ensemble of world-class performers that exist together only at this year’s ChamberFest.

The Ying Quartet

On Thursday, May 17th at noon, IPR’s Performance Iowa will bring you a performance by the prolific Ying Quartet, live from Studio One! Cedar Valley Chamber Music’s Artistic Director and Founder, Hunter Capoccioni, will also make an appearance.

Shervin Lainez

“Joshua Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.”  -  New York Times

Duane Tinkey

“A summer night smiles three times," Madame Armfeldt tells her granddaughter. "On the young, the fools, and the old.” Sondheim’s tour de force musical comedy whisks us away for a weekend in the country where old flames rekindle and new love affairs ignite. The signature song "Send in the Clowns" along with elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet creation. Sondheim’s masterpiece won six Tony awards including best musical, script, and score.

Duane Tinkey

The Des Moines Metro Opera opens Iowa Public Radio’s 2018 Arias in April with performances from their 45th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Puccini’s Turandot on Saturday, April 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th at 11:00 p.m.

DUANE TINKEY

The warmer air and budding trees can only mean one thing: April is arriving, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to enjoy opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, University of Iowa Opera Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

This Saturday, March 31st, Iowa Public Radio Classical’s Performance Iowa features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s performance of one of J.S. Bach’s grandest works, St. Matthew Passion. The QCSO is joined by 3 guest choirs as well as fabulous vocal soloists, two guest organists, and viola da gamba. The piece is one of two surviving Bach accounts of the final days of Jesus.

Jacqueline Halbloom

Tune in Wednesday, February 28th at noon and 10 p.m. for a special Performance Iowa featuring UNI and Cedar Valley musicians performing in our studio to honor Black History Month! Black History Month is an annual observance in remembrance of important people and events in the history of people of color. It was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, and first celebrated at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

Rob Merritt

This Sunday, January 21st, IPR will be broadcasting the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot” at 2:00 p.m. The cast features Andrew McLaughlin, Nicholas Nestorak, Max Zander, Stephen Swanson, Alicia Jayourba, Jesse Donner, Tad Ennen, Rebecca Nash, Dustin Peterson, Christina Adams, Chloe Moore, and Ta’u Pupu’a. You can see the opera live at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids on Friday, January 19th at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, January 21st at 2:00 p.m., or listen live with us on IPR Classical. Don’t miss it!

Due to inclement weather Thursday, this event regretfully had to be cancelled.

CARL BROMBERG / VISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special New Year’s Day broadcast from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa is celebrating 10 years of Brucemore concerts with “Brucemorechestra X.”

Ring in the holiday season with Orchestra Iowa’s 2016 “Holiday Spectacular” concert! The festive program includes holiday favorites and works by Rutter, John Williams, Leroy Anderson, and more!

Rachel Bearinger

Matthew Coley’s marimba music is taking over IPR’s Studio One on Wednesday, December 6th at noon! IPR’s Performance Iowa is excited to bring you the Heartland Marimba Festival’s Matthew Coley performing holiday favorites as well as impressive arrangements of Preludes and Fugues from Book Two of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Tune in on Wednesday, December 6th at noon for this magical live Studio One Performance Iowa broadcast!

IPR/Jacqueline Halbloom

Concert pianist and respected educator, Georgian native Dr. Vakhtang Kodanashvili joined UNI instructor of piano ranks this fall. Vakhtang and his UNI colleague and concert pianist Sean Botkin will fill us in on UNI’s December 2nd Keyboard Festival. Vakhtang will make his IPR Studio One debut performing works by Rachmaninoff on IPR’s Performance Iowa on Tuesday, November 28th at noon. Sean and Vakhtang will come together at the piano to perform Rachmaninoff's Six Pieces, Op. 11. Dr.

CARL BROMBERG / VISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

Four world-class vocalists, four choirs, and Orchestra Iowa performing Beethoven’s glorious 9th Symphony. Don’t miss a note as IPR brings you Brucemorchestra X on Thanksgiving Day!

Des Moines Register

Iowa Public Radio recaptures the patriotic spirit of the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert to air on Veteran’s Day.

The Des Moines Symphony along with guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra.

Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Mark your calendars! This Wednesday, the remarkable Chiara String Quartet will be performing at the University of Iowa’s Voxman Music Building in Iowa City. The quartet, which is currently on its farewell tour after 18 years of performances, is known for their commitment to performing some of the world’s quartet masterpieces from memory. They have recorded the complete string quartet works of Brahms and Bartók for Azica records.

Carl Bromberg / Visions Photography

IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special live broadcast from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids! Orchestra Iowa is celebrating 10 years of Brucemore concerts with “Brucemorechestra X.”

Rachel Bearinger

PROJECT Trio is invading IPR’s Studio One on Wednesday, September 6th at noon! The genre-defying chamber group from Brooklyn, New York will present arrangements of classic works and their own high-energy original music. The New York Times has called beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does,” and the group was acclaimed by Jazz Review as “a glorious celebration of the music of our time.”

Rachel Bearinger

Buried dance treasures come to the surface for this year’s Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, entitled “Shall We Dance?” The festival’s artistic director, Hunter Capoccioni, writes, “In my mind, the ways in which music and dance overlap parallel the relationship of writing and language…Our theme this summer nods to dance and how it has shaped musical meaning through the ages.”

Who was Frank Sinatra? One of America’s most treasured performers came from humble beginnings in Hoboken, New Jersey. He was the only son of Sicilian immigrant parents. His father was a city firefighter, and his mother was an amateur singer who often performed for social events. As Frank grew older, he became inspired by the likes of Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby, and decided to drop out of high school to become a singer himself. He sang in New Jersey night clubs and caught the attention of swing bandleaders.

Rachel Bearinger

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre invaded Iowa Public Radio! Listen below for our podcast of performances and interviews from noon on Tuesday, June 13th featuring adventurous arias from the CROT’s production of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight!. The CROT’s cast features Nicole Besa, Rebecca Buechel, Lincoln Ginsberg, Ian Butler, Erin Persick, Emma Dickinson, Mitchell Gage, Wesley Frye, Nate Hill, and Kellen Schrimper.

Keaton Scovel

Iowa flutist, conductor, and composer Harvey Sollberger received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association in 2015, as well as a funding grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for a recording and tour featuring work created over six decades of composing music in Iowa. The IWO Flute Quartet (named after the members' home states of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) honors his achievements by performing his works on this performance live from IPR’s Studio One!

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