A Drake University faculty recital by violinist Sarah Plum, with pianist Kate Boyd, recorded on April 21, 2011 in Des Moines.

A faculty recital by Drake University pianist Nicholas Roth, including Poulenc's music for "The Story of Babar the Little Elephant", narrated by Clive Elliott.  Recorded live on November 29, 2010.

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs of UNI, recorded live on April 25, 2012, performing Mozart's Requiem.

The Drake Choir and Chamber Choir, conducted by Aimee Beckmann-Collier, recorded in concert on March 13, 2012.

A faculty recital from trumpeter Randy Grabowski of UNI, recorded on January 24, 2012

Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, with guest conductor Kenneth Kohlenberg, recorded in concert on December 2, 2011.  

ISU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacob Harrison, with guest percussionist Matthew Coley, recorded in concert on September 23, 2011.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique",  recorded live on  March 28, 2012.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Gompper, Bristow, and Dukelsky, recorded live on February 29 and March 28, 2012.

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under William LaRue Jones, performs Brahms and Beethoven, recorded live on February 29, 2012.

Drake Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Akira Mori, recorded on March 12, 2012, featuring winners of the 2011 Concerto Competition.

“Crème de la Crème” benefit concert for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, recorded May 6, 2011.

A flute recital by Drake professor Leslie Marrs, recorded on January 25, 2011.

A UNI faculty recital by horn player Yu-Ting Su, with pianist Dmitri Vorobiev, recorded on October 12, 2011.

For this Easter weekend, we'll hear a performance of parts II and III of Handel's Messiah, originally performed by the four choirs of ISU in May 2011.

ISU's two women's choirs, Cantamus and Lyrica, both under the direction of Kathleen Rodde, recorded in concert in October 2010.

The Drake University Wind Symphony, recorded live on February 19, 2012.

The Iowa Statesmen, ISU's male choral ensemble directed by James Rodde, recorded in concert on November 7, 2010.

Drake University's Leanne Freeman-Miller, soprano; Michelle Havlik-Jergens, piano. in a  concert titled "Letters From the Garden: Contemporary Songs by Female Composers", recorded on August 27. 2010.

A faculty recital from trumpeter Randy Grabowski of UNI, recorded on January 24, 2012.

Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Players present their second concert of the season. Among the pieces performed is Bach’s Concerto for Violin, Viola and Continuo. The Chamber Players present Hurnik’s Sonata da Camera. Hurnik is known for his film scripts, radio plays and concerts for children. The music of Bach’s fifth child, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach graces the concert with the Duet for Flute and Violin. The concert continues with yet another work by Bach’s son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. W.F.

Kodály’s Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Variations,” was commissioned in 1939 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. For the main thematic material, Kodály chose an ancient Hungarian folk song titled Fly, Peacock Fly, the text of which metaphorically advocated for political freedom. Pianist Dror Biran joins Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony for a masterful performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Members of Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Players bring to life Schubert’s String Trio in Bb Major which Schubert wrote during a time when he was involved in informal chamber music performances. The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players also present a lively rendition of Mozart’s Trio in C Major, written in the summer of 1788. Finally, the Chamber Players will fill the air with Faure’s Piano Quartet in G minor. This piece is known for its tranquil and harmonically rich melodies.

(Concert recorded Sept. 21 and Sept. 23, 2012)

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony’s opening concert of their eighty-third season begins with selections from Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a semi-opera adapted from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane joins the WCFSO for a performance of his recent work for baritone and chamber orchestra, Crane Palimpest. The program closes with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, which he summarizes in his autograph score:

Iowa Public Radio’s 2012-2013 Symphonies of Iowa season kicks off with Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony opening their seventy-fifth season with music from the Austrian film composer, Ernest Korngold.

Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist Barry Douglas makes his Iowa debut with the Des Moines Symphony playing Rachmaninoff’s blazing third piano concerto. The sultry Danzon by Marquez has become a DMSO audience favorite. The orchestra’s Spirit of America season concludes with perhaps the most quintessentially American work – Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

(Concert recorded May 12-13, 2012)

Orchestra Iowa’s 2011-2012 season concludes with a program featuring the music of Dvořák, Bartok and Shostakovich. Dvořák’s Slavic Dance No. 8 is from a series of pieces inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is truly a piece that is meant to be heard live, as the strings are divided into two groups and placed antiphonally on opposite sides of the stage. Following a series of works denounced by the Communist Party, Shostakovich delivered a rousing symphony that not only pleased critics, but audiences too.

Maestro Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in an international collaboration culminating in a large-scale performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This epic masterwork combines a non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass with nine poems by English poet and fallen World War I soldier, Wilfred Owen.

Violinist Miriam Fried joins Maestro Intriligator and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major. Written in 1878, the concerto features a rich thematic material, folk-like melodies and a fiery final movement. The DSO opens the concert with another dramatic favorite, Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, followed by his Symphony No. 39.

(Concert recorded Feb. 11-12, 2012)

The Des Moines Symphony opens with one of Iowa’s most celebrated composers—the three-time Grammy-winner Michael Daugherty. His brilliant and fun Red Cape Tango celebrates a certain superhero from his Metropolis Symphony, and there is nothing more American than being “able to leap tall buildings!” The young American cellist Joshua Roman makes his Des Moines debut and Maestro Guinta conducts his favorite Dvořák symphony.

(Concert recorded April 14-15, 2012)