Iowa Arts Showcase

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Sep 12, 2018
Iowa Composers Forum

The Iowa Composers Forum, dubbed ICF for short, is hosting their Fall Festival with a trio of concerts showcasing new music. A dozen composers are on the docket: Shawn Crouch, Elaine Erickson, Ben Hippen, Denise Knaack, Robert Martin, Jerry Owen, James Romig, Ray Songayllo, David Vayo, Randy Wells, Jonathan Wilson, and Alec Wood.

Concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein and wcfsymphony pair up to bring you the wcfsymphony Gala Season Opener. The program features wcfsymphony major co-commission of Philip Glass and a “rarely performed overture by Tchaikovsky.” Dinnerstein and the symphony will make the Great Hall in The Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center sparkle with Glass’ Piano Concerto on September 29th.

 

Iowa Quilt Archives

"Blessed are the piecemakers!" 

What started as a hardware store in Winterset, Iowa and was used for many other businesses is now the location for the Iowa Quilt Museum.

The current exhibit is "Blue Ribbon Quilts of the Iowa State Fair." Imagine an open space with 20-foot ceilings, featuring a magical display of quilts that "had the distinction of winning a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair." The exhibit showcases quilts from the past 32 years.

What do you get with a street full of top-notch juried artists, face painters, balloon sculptures, children's activities, and live demonstrations? You get the 13th Annual ARTapalooza Fine Art Show, taking over downtown Cedar Falls on the first Saturday after Labor Day.

Artists go through a "highly competitive process" before they are chosen to participate. Featured artwork includes ceramics, metal sculptures, paintings, glasswork, fiber, jewelry, photography, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.

Library of Congress

Composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100-years-old on August 25th. To celebrate, the world is performing, listening to, and creating events to honor this virtuoso and his music.

Anna Steenson

The Zenith Chamber Music Festival showcases professional musicians across the globe in addition to local artists. This year’s artists include Anna Reider and Helen Hwaya Kim on violin, Sheldon Person on viola, Ashley Sidon and Paula Kosower on cello, and Kelly Kuo on piano, along with the Damani Phillips Jazz Quartet. These national and international artists pair with local musicians to celebrate the arts and bring classical music to the Des Moines area.

State Historical Museum

The saying “Nothing runs like a Deere” still holds true 100 years after Deere entered the engine and tractor business. Iowa celebrated this 100 year anniversary in June and continues to celebrate it.

Retired John Deere engineer and former long-term Iowa resident, Terry Woods shares the 100-year evolution of John Deere tractors in Iowa, plus his famous airline ticket sketch.

100 years ago, John Deere acquired the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. What started as a company producing steel plows now boasts plants located worldwide.

Tony Tandeski

Coming soon to the Urbandale Community Theater is Robert John Ford’s Six-on-Six The Musical!

Please note the venue change: This Urbandale Community Theater production will be held at Valley High School's Staplin Performing Arts Center in West Des Moines. 

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Listen below to hear of all kinds of interesting art and musical events that will be happening around the state of Iowa in the months of July and August! Events such as IPR broadcasts, summer municipal band concerts, musicals, recitals, theater shows, art exhibits and festivals, chamber festivals, and so much more are happening right here in Iowa. So get out and enjoy the music!

International Arts & Artists

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids recently opened an extraordinary exhibit that will run through September 17th. This show entitled "Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence" showcases a form of bead art developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Join IPR's Jacqueline Halbloom as she interviews Stefanie Kohn, Curator of The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library about this new exhibit.

Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center recently opened a unique exhibit that will run through September 2nd. This show entitled “In the Spirit of Louise Noun” is in honor of philanthropist, art historian, feminist, pioneer collector of women’s art, and civic and social activist, Louise Noun.

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Listen below to hear of all kinds of interesting art and musical events that will be happening around the state of Iowa in the month of June! Events such as IPR broadcasts, symphony concerts, summer municipal band concerts, musicals, recitals, jazz festivals, theater shows, art exhibits, operas, chamber festivals, and so much more are happening right here in Iowa. So get out and enjoy the music!

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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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As part of their 20th Anniversary Season, The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will visit Iowa Public Radio once again! Tune in for performances and interviews at noon on Tuesday, June 12th featuring enchanting arias from the CROT’s production of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. The CROT’s cast features Matt Chastain, Stephanie Johnson, Ian Butler, Ashley Armstrong, Sarak Mikulski, Wesley Frye, Alicia Jayourba, Thaddeus Ennen, Liang Zhao, and Christina Bernardoni. The ensemble will treat us to a few musical gems from their upcoming performances of Brigadoon.

Tune in to hear The Metropolitan Opera National Council Finals on Sunday, May 20th at noon and again on Sunday, May 27th at noon!

Last month, we showcased two rising Iowa opera stars. This month, we have another!

University of Iowa graduate, Jessica Faselt, competed alongside Megan Grey, another Iowan, in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Finals. Ms. Faselt emerged victorious as a grand prize winner! Read more about her budding opera career below.

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.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre performances of Puccini’s Turandot will be held on Friday, January 19th at 7:30 and again on Sunday, January 21st at 2 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids. Internationally acclaimed Australian Soprano Rebecca Nash stars in the title role and former NFL football player and CROT returning tenor, Ta’u Pupu’a captures the heart and soul of Prince Calaf.

 

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Autumn in the air brings many exciting Iowa arts events to the state. The October and November IAS features:

·         Paul Wierson delving into the upcoming Ragtime In Randall festival north of Ames

·         UNI Instructor of Percussion, Matthew Andreini, sharing details about the Iowa Composers Forum’s “Hammers & Mallets” Fall Concert Series

·         Music Director Kim Noftsker speaking on Philippe Lefebre’s organ concert at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Davenport

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With classes back in session and autumn just ahead, arts events are revving up across the state. Tune in Saturday, September 2nd at 11AM or 5PM for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase featuring:

·         Waterloo Center for the Arts Executive Director, Kent Shankle, and Curator Chawne Paige delving into the Haitian Art Society Annual Conference

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As summer continues to heat up, tune in for more arts events from around the state on Iowa Public Radio’s Iowa Arts Showcase. The August Showcase features:

•     Dr. Ashley Sidon, Artistic Director and cellist of the Zenith Chamber Festival in Des Moines, outlining the masterworks and musicians for this year’s festival

·         wcfsymphony Artistic Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger, giving us the inside scoop on the orchestra’s 2017-18 season

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Pack up the car, turn up your favorite public radio station, and set your GPS for these Iowa arts destinations on this summer’s road trip. The June and July Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Barbara Lounsberry and Mary Taylor, Steering Committee Members, reveling in this year’s Cedar Falls Authors Festival

·         Composer Michael Ching and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Kleinknecht filling us in on the CROT’s upcoming production of Speed Dating Tonight!

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May is flowering with a bountiful array of arts events around the state! This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

•         Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, filling us in on their 45th festival season

•         Gail Naughton, President and CEO of the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, and Stephanie Kohn, Museum Curator, delving into the glass artist Dale Chihuly’s exhibit currently on display at the museum

Bill Adams

Let IPR’s Iowa Arts Showcase keep you in the loop during one of the busiest months of the year! This month’s Showcase features:

·         Timothy Shipe, curator of the International Dada Archive at University of Iowa Libraries, filling us in on the Dada exhibit at the UI Main Library Gallery in Iowa City

·         Dean of Iowa State’s College of Ag and Life Science, Wendy Wintersteen, and Lynette Pohlman, Director and Chief Curator of University Museums, sharing details about ISU’s portrait-painting sessions “Faces of Iowa State”

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While spring remains elusive, the March Iowa Arts Showcase supplies plenty of events to help you survive the final days of winter. Listen this Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for:

·         Conductor of The National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, Theodore Kuchar, sharing details about their upcoming performance at Stephens Auditorium in Ames

·         IPR’s Mark Simmet talking with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips about his art exhibit at the Waterloo Center for the Arts

UNI Museum/Jess Cruz

In the long history of rock and roll music, Iowa is, unfortunately, best known as the state where Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Of course, there’s much more to it than that. The UNI Museum’s exhibit Ballroom Bash: Iowa’s Rock n’ Roll Legacy shines a light on Iowa’s influence and importance in rock history. The exhibit has been on display at UNI’s Rod Library since August of 2016. It’s a collaboration between the UNI Museum and the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Music Association.

Doug Knutson

February brings more than just Cupid’s bow and arrow this year, with a medley of arts events across the state. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·       Don P. Roberts, President, CEO, and Director of DRUMLine Live!, speaking on the

show’s upcoming performance at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

·         IPR’s Tony Dehner, exploring Iowa’s Rock and Roll History at UNI’s Rod Library

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Ring in the holidays and the New Year with Iowa arts! Tune in at 11 A.M. or 5 P.M. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd for the broadcast. The December and January Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·          Guest director & choreographer, Candace Evans, and artistic director and conductor, Daniel Kleinknecht, discussing the CROT’s upcoming January double bill productions of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

With Thanksgiving in the air, prepare to mark your calendars with the exciting arts events coming up this month in Iowa. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Artist Gary Kelley speaking on his “Giving the Devil his Due” exhibit at the Figge and on an upcoming concert collaboration with the wcfsymphony

·         Julia Bullard diving into Trio 826’s Fall Residency program at the Hearst Center for the Arts

·         A recent visit with the President of OPERA America Marc Scorca

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With the arrival of October comes many exciting Iowa arts events. This month’s Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Executive Director of Ballet Quad Cities, Joedy Cook revealing the rundown on their 20th season

·         Alison Farris, Senior Curator of the Des Moines Art Center delving into the Vivian Maier exhibit currently at the center

·         Musicians Carol Hester, Heather Armstrong, Craig Hultgren, and Ben Hippen outlining details about their upcoming Iowa Composers Forum showcase concerts

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With school back in session and fall in the air, cultural events are revving up across the state. Tune in today, Saturday, Sept. 10th, at 11AM or 5PM, for this month’s Iowa Arts Showcase as we talk with

·         Tim Ferry III talking about premiering his new nature-inspired music at the Hearst Center

·         Maestro Mark Russell Smith filling us in on the QCSO’s outstanding 2016-17 concert line-up

·         Poet Bradford Tice, winner of the 2014 Trio Award, reading from his new book of poetry called “What the Night Numbered”

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