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2020 Symphonies of Iowa

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to be as proactive as we can be regarding the safety of our production staff we are suspending some IPR Classical music programming. The current season of Symphonies of Iowa and our Steinway Café series have been suspended as of March 30. When we feel it is safe to continue production of the season we will resume our broadcasts of Iowa’s great symphony orchestras. 

Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical on Saturday nights at 5 p.m. and Sunday nights at 4 p.m. to hear IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast series featuring Iowa’s symphonies performing spectacular concerts with a diverse repertoire. Please see the list below and mark your calendars with all of Iowa Public Radio’s 2020 Symphonies of Iowa broadcasts. 

2020 Symphonies of Iowa broadcasts (Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.):

Des Moines Symphony’s “Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky” (recorded Sep. 21-22, 2019) featuring Gil Shaham, violin: airs February 8th and 9th, 2020

wcfsymphony’s “From Havana to the Arabian Nights” (recorded Sep. 21, 2019) featuring Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, piano: airs February 15th and 16th, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “Symphony in Sculpture” (recorded Oct 12-13, 2019): airs February 22nd and 23rd, 2020

Orchestra Iowa’s “Reflections” (recorded Oct 18-19, 2019) featuring Blaine Cunningham, tuba: airs February 29th and March 1st, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “Grieg & Dvorak” (recorded Nov 9-10, 2019) featuring Jon Kimura Parker, piano: airs March 7th and 8th, 2020

Orchestra Iowa’s “Passion of Angels” (recorded Nov 15-16, 2019) featuring Gretchen Brumwell, harp: airs March 14th and 15th, 2020

wcfsymphony’s “Wonderful Winds” (recorded Oct 12, 2019): airs March 21st and 22nd, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “Mendelssohn & Brahms” (recorded Feb 8-9, 2020) featuring Grace Park, violin: airs March 28th and March 29th, 2020

Season On Hold - Please See Note Above

Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven 250” (recorded Jan 31-Feb 1, 2020) featuring Bella Hristova, violin: airs April 4th and 5th, 2020

wcfsymphony’s “American Grandeur” (recorded Nov 2, 2019) featuring James Romig, composer and Ashlee Mack, piano: airs April 11th and 12th, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “Carmina Burana” (recorded Mar 14-15, 2020) featuring Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, Des Moines Choral Society, and the Heartland Youth Choir: airs April 18th and 19th, 2020

Orchestra Iowa’s “Rebellious Russians” (recorded March 6-7, 2020) with Ballet Quad Cities: airs April 25th and 26th, 2020

wcfsymphony’s “Sibling Revelry” (recorded Feb 15, 2020): airs May 2nd and 3rd, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “April in Paris” (recorded Apr 18-19, 2020) featuring Camille Thomas, cello: airs May 9th and 10th, 2020

Orchestra Iowa’s “Mozart’s Requiem” (recorded Apr 4, 2020) featuring Chamber Singers of Iowa City: airs May 16th and 17th, 2020

wcfsymphony’s “Honoring Our Own” (recorded Mar 7, 2020) featuring Cayla Bellamy, bassoon: May 23rd and 24th, 2020

Dubuque Symphony’s “Classics 5” (recorded May 2-3, 2020), featuring Heartland Marimba: airs May 30th and 31st, 2020

Des Moines Symphony’s “The Firebird” (recorded May 9-10, 2020) featuring Alessio Bax, piano: airs June 6th and 7th, 2020

Quad City Symphony’s “Conflict” (recorded Nov 2-3, 2019) featuring Paul Max Tipton, baritone: airs June 13th and 14th, 2020

Orchestra Iowa’s “Rach 3” (recorded May 29-30, 2020) featuring Joyce Yang, piano: airs June 20th and 21st, 2020

Jacqueline Halbloom is a Sr. Music Producer and Classical Music Host