Classical

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.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with wcfsymphony’s Jason Weinberger. The symphony will be presenting their concert, “The Hungarian Project,” on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is special exploration of Hungarian music informed by Pauline Barrett, Artistic Director and Conductor Jason Weinberger’s heritage and his recent musical work in Budapest. Featuring the wcfsymphony strings in one of Bartók’s most intriguing works, Divertimento, and the full orchestra in vibrant, folk-flavored music by Brahms and Kodály. 

TC Elofson

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Des Moines Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor, Joseph Giunta. The symphony will be presenting their concert, “Masterworks 7: Seasons Finale – Rhapsody in Blue” on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 20th at 2:30 p.m.

Annika Vande Krol

The Luther College opera takes on Mozart!

For this Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast, we interviewed Luther College faculty about the Luther Opera’s upcoming performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers). We spoke with Daniel Baldwin, orchestra conductor and Head of the Music Department at Luther; Andrew Whitfield, Coordinator of Opera; Nicholas Shaneyfelt, Assistant Professor of Music; and Carla Hanson, Assistant Opera Director.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Dubuque Symphony’s “A Confession of the Soul – Sibelius 2” concert. The orchestra performs works by Warlock, Mozart, and Sibelius.

The Dubuque Symphony’s Concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch is featured in Mozart’s glorious “Turkish” Violin Concerto. The Capriol Suite continues the orchestra’s exploration of lively dance suites, and Sibelius’ Second Symphony brings mystery and majesty together in a sweeping, climactic musical expression. Sibelius considered this symphony to be a “confession of his soul.”

Rob Dillard

For this Iowa Arts Showcase, we’re featuring a story by Rob Dillard showcasing the work of the Oakdale Community Choir. But the choir is not made up of your average community choir members. It is comprised entirely of inmates in the medium security Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Shervin Lainez

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

Rob Merrit

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci double bill will polish off IPR’s Arias in April series. The Cavalleria rusticana cast features Iowa natives Katharine Goeldner (Santuzza) of Sigourney, Janara Kellerman (Mamma Lucia) of Cedar Rapids, and Teresa Buchholz (Lola) of Elkader. Tenor Chris Carr of Quasqueton performs as Beppe in Pagliacci.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Quad City Symphony’s “Postcards from the Wild West” concert. The orchestra performs works by John Williams, Aaron Copland, David Ludwig, and Jacob Bancks.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, Joseph Giunta. The symphony will be performing a Beyond the Score® concert featuring Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Bernstein @ 100” concert.

Colby Campbell

Dr. Robert Washut has been a jazz educator at the University of Northern Iowa for 38 years, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980-2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut has received numerous commissions from collegiate and high school jazz ensembles, professional jazz artists, and symphony orchestras. Many of his works are published by Kendor Music, UNC Jazz Press, ejazzlines, C.L. Barnhouse, Heritage JazzWorks, Sierra Music, and Really Good Music. Washut also has served as a jazz composer-in-residence at several universities around the country.

Lisa Bergmann-Smithey

Gilbert and Sullivan steamed across the Atlantic from England to the United States to present their world premiere of the Pirates of Penzance. The pirates in the show weren’t the only pirates that the duo were concerned about. Copyright was at the top of their list. At the time, American law offered no copyright protection to foreigners. Gilbert and Sullivan’s previous opera achieved great success in London, and was immediately swept up by 150 American companies for unauthorized productions that paid no royalties to the creators.

The Northeast Iowa School of Music in Dubuque’s founder and executive director, Tracey Rush, is announcing her retirement after 17 years of service. She still plans to work with the school as an Artistic Advisor, and is looking forward to hiring their first full-time Executive Director. Rush has also been the Dubuque Community String Orchestra’s conductor since she founded the ensemble in 1998 to give adult amateur musicians an outlet for ensemble performance.

Dan Williams

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Apotheosis of the Dance” concert. The performance includes works by Beethoven and Augusta Read Thomas.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. The symphony will be presenting ts first fully-staged musical, West Side Story, in honor of the centennial of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with wcfsymphony Music Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger. The symphony will be performing a concert in celebration of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Sean Ulmer, and Associate Curator, Kate Kunau. The two discuss the museum’s new exhibition of works by Edward Hopper. This exhibition of thirteen seminal works, all drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, traces the early trajectory of Edward Hopper’s career in works from 1906 to 1933. 

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Past as Prologue” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bolcom.

Orchestra Iowa performs some of classical music’s greatest works spanning throughout history in their “Past as Prologue” concert. Don’t miss this week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on Sunday, April 15th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 16th at 7 p.m.!

PROGRAM

BOLCOM             Orphee Serenade

BACH                   Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

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.

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This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with UNI graduate voice students Megan Grey and Leia Lensing. Both of the young Iowa vocalists participated in the national opera competition circuit with amazing results. Ms. Grey competed in The MET National Council Auditions and has been selected to move on to the semi-finals competition with a Grand Finals Concert with full orchestra at the MET in New York City on April 29th. Ms. Lensing received 1st prize at the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.

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.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Concertos” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Handel, and Fasch.

Hear Iowa’s finest musicians – your very own wcfsymphony players – in virtuosic music of the Baroque. Jason Weinberger, Isaac-Pastor Chermak, and Daniel Friberg perform solo pieces with small ensemble and the whole group explores the concerto grosso form. Tune in on Sunday, April 8th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 9th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!
 

PROGRAM

Tomorrow at noon, join IPR Classical and Jacqueline Halbloom for a special edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase featuring interviews discussing a guest virtuoso countertenor, a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, and the Mission Creek art festival in Iowa City.

The Des Moines Metro Opera is hosting a concert for guest virtuoso countertenor, John Holiday. Mr. Holiday has won several national opera competitions and performed in leading and supporting roles with major national opera companies. Don’t miss his concert on Sunday, April 8th at Plymouth Church in Des Moines at 7 p.m.!

Brian Hatton

Shattered Glass will be presenting an exciting concert series across Iowa performing various works for string orchestra.

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She doesn't mind being asked about women in conducting - I'm glad I did! But her work has made the term "woman conductor" obsolete.

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.

Jeff Fasano

This Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Masterworks IV: Stravinsky’s Petrouchka” concert. The performance includes works by Stravinsky, Elgar, and Sibelius.

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.

Chip Peterson

This Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven’s Fifth” concert. The performance includes works by Mozart, Ginestera, Romero, and Beethoven.

The opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most recognizable motives of all time. Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven Fifth” concert also features a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 by guest pianist Miko Kominami, as well as pieces by Ginestera and Romero. Don’t miss this broadcast of IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 25th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m.!

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