Renée Fleming, Vivian Maier, and More for October IAS

Oct 3, 2016

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

·         Iowa pianist Chelsea Wang diving into the opening Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association concert

·         And operatic star and four-time-Grammy-award-winning soprano Renée Fleming, sharing details about her October concert on the new Hancher stage

Ballet Quad Cities is celebrating its 20th Season with a host of spectacular ballets including The Nutcracker, Dracula, and The Wild, Wild West. Joedy Cook, Executive Director, gives insight into the season rundown.

Senior Curator of the Des Moines Art Center, Alison Farris, speaks on the current exhibit “Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens.” The show, which runs now through January 22, 2017, showcases photographs taken on the streets of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles during the 1950’s and ‘60s by creative genius Vivian Maier. Though Maier’s work was virtually unknown until after her death in 2009, her poignant and powerful photographs have received much acclaim and provide a fresh look through the lens of a midcentury Chicago nanny.

The Iowa Composers Forum will be presenting two full concerts featuring works by Iowa composers. Flutist Carol Hester, oboist Heather Armstrong, cellist Craig Hultgren, and composer Ben Hippen outline details about the concerts at the Porter House Museum in Decorah on October 13th at 7:30pm and The Figge Art Museum in Davenport on October 16th at 3pm.

The Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association season kicks off with a chamber music recital featuring an Iowan. Young pianist and Des Moines native Chelsea Wang dives into the works being performed with Ida Kavafian at ISU’s Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall on October 15th at 7:30pm.

Renée Fleming, four-time-Grammy-award-winning soprano and recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, reveals exciting details about her upcoming concert on the new Hancher stage in Iowa City. With an international career, Fleming’s magical voice is sure to captivate audience members in Hancher Auditorium on October 8th at 7:30pm.