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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Cicadas and classical music – it doesn’t get much better than that – except for maybe turkey and classical music. On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at 3 p.m., Iowa Public Radio will be broadcasting Orchestra Iowa’s “The American Rhapsody.” The concert took place on September 15, 2018.

Brucemorchestra celebrated its 11th Anniversary this year on the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, and it’s still a big hit.

Nicolas Propes

This Thanksgiving at 1 p.m., Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa presents a broadcast of the Quad City Symphony’s concert recorded on May 3rd of 2018 with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell. Mr. Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize.  Named the Music Director of the Academy of St.

Minda Kuckuck

The Des Moines Symphony brings it all together with their 2018 “Yankee Doodle Pops” concert.

Iowa’s own internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Simon Estes thrills the crowd with musical favorites.

Governor Kim Reynolds narrates the Armed Forces Salute and the Oh Say, Can You Sing contest winner, Jennifer Senne, kicks off the show singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Join Iowa Public Radio as we honor the brave men and women who are serving or who have served and fought for our country.

80 years ago on November 9th and 10th in Germany, Nazis raided, torched, and vandalized Jewish synagogues, homes, businesses, and schools. The result was the death of over 100 Jews and over 30,000 Jewish men arrested and sent to concentration camps. While the Nazis had been oppressing the Jews for years, “The night of broken glass” or “Kristallnacht” marks the beginning of the violent oppression.

Devilish Deal

Oct 29, 2018
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Who wins, the soldier or the devil? Stravinsky’s timeless masterpiece, The Soldier’s Tale, celebrates its 100-year-anniversary this year. Scored for seven instruments, three narrators and three dancers, the work is based on an old Russian folk tale revolving around an AWOL soldier and his run-in with the devil.

In honor of L'Histoire du soldat’s 1918 premiere, UNI’s Faculty Septet collaborated with other UNI departments under Dr. Danny Galyen to present a fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s revolutionary work.

Luther College 2018

A tale of humor, deceit, mistakes, and forgiveness, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is described by the New York Times as his “last and wisest Italian comic opera.”

Così fan tutte shakes up everyone’s ideas about infidelity and devotion in a fun and light-hearted way.

The Luther College’s double cast for Così fan tutte includes:

Des Moines Metro Opera

Inspired by the true predicament of a refugee stuck in an airport for 18 years, Jonathan Dove’s Flight is truly one-of-a-kind.

Stage director Kristine McIntyre believes the “unbound future” draws all of the characters in Flight. Our “constant human need to recreate ourselves and our relationships” are a central theme throughout the opera.

Flight takes an ordinary place – an airport – and highlights the qualities that actually make it extra-ordinary. Dove describes airports as “portals between the everyday world and the magical world of flying.”

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.

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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.

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