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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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Mahler Symphony 3” concert.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Rhapsody in Blue” concert. The orchestra performs works by Strauss, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Ravel.

“I shouldn’t tell you this, but she advocates dirty books…. Chaucer…Rabelais... BALZAC!” It’s a laugh line any actor would crave, and it advances the plot of  The Music Man. We know from the start that Harold Hill and Marian Paroo will end up together - it’s a musical, after all. So to keep us interested, Meredith Willson needs other tensions, and he finds one in moralistic opposition to the library. And who could make more hilarious bluenoses than the mayor's wife and her circle, or more believable ones?


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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.

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Iowa Public Radio will wave its stars and stripes on Flag Day with a broadcast of the Des Moines Symphony’s 24th Annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert.

The show kicks off with the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest winner, Stephanie Schneider, performing The Star Spangled Banner. Entitled An American Journey, the program then moves onto Meredith Willson’s 76 Trombones. Following that, guest vocalist Steve Lippia will perform hits made famous by Frank Sinatra such as Come Fly with Me and other patriotic classics, including God Bless the U.S.A.

Heartland Marimba

On Wednesday, June 13th at noon, Matthew Coley and the Heartland Marimba Ensemble will bring their marimba music to IPR’s Studio One!  They will perform a “fun and festive selection of music from around the world.” Tune in on Wednesday, June 13th at noon for this magical live Studio One Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast!

Barney Sherman

On April 16th, Dubuque’s Michael Gilbertson taught a morning class at San Francisco Conservatory, joined a colleague for a lunch meeting, then saw a warm but puzzling text message. It was congratulating him, and he didn't know why. The texts and calls kept coming, and the reason soon emerged: the Pulitzer committee had announced the winners of its annual Music prize, for "a distinguished [composition] by an American," and Michael was one of the three finalists. He'd had no idea that he was even under consideration.


This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “The Hungarian Project” concert. The orchestra performs works by Brahms, Bartók, and Kodály.

This concert focuses on music from Hungary, featuring Bartók’s Divertimento. Bartók lived in Europe during World War II and was a very vocal opponent for fascism. During that time, he was given an opportunity to live in the Swiss mountains, and he did so, allowing himself to compose peacefully. It was there that he composed Divertimento. After its premiere, he fled for the US and never returned to Europe.

ChamberFest Dubuque

With summer of 2018 comes ChamberFest Dubuque’s 10th annual festival! As part of the Northeast Iowa School of Music (NISOM), ChamberFest Dubuque features a workshop and a concert. The group performing at the concert is an ensemble of world-class performers that exist together only at this year’s ChamberFest.

Joyce Yang

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s “Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody” concert. The program focuses on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with guest pianist Joyce Yang.

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It’s that time of the year! The Des Moines Metro Opera is about to kick off its 46th annual Festival Season. As stated by the Chicago Tribune, “For the past 45 years, the Des Moines Metro Opera has produced an annual festival that is among the oldest and most enterprising summer opera fests in the nation." This year, their Mainstage Festival includes Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák, Flight by Jonathan Dove on the Mainstage. The Tender Land by Aaron Copland is part of their 2nd Stage Series.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Invitation to the Dance” concert. Also included in this broadcast will be Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in g Minor and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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.

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This week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Elgar’s Enigma Variations – Beyond the Score” (formatted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) concert. The program focuses on Elgar’s Enigma’s Variations. Also included in this broadcast will be Eroica from the DMSO’s Beethoven One to Nine project recorded throughout their 2003-4 season.

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. 

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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.

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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

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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.