This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor, William Intriligator. The symphony will be presenting ts first fully-staged musical, West Side Story, in honor of the centennial of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with wcfsymphony Music Director and Conductor, Jason Weinberger. The symphony will be performing a concert in celebration of the late composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.

This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Sean Ulmer, and Associate Curator, Kate Kunau. The two discuss the museum’s new exhibition of works by Edward Hopper. This exhibition of thirteen seminal works, all drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, traces the early trajectory of Edward Hopper’s career in works from 1906 to 1933. 

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Past as Prologue” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bolcom.

Orchestra Iowa performs some of classical music’s greatest works spanning throughout history in their “Past as Prologue” concert. Don’t miss this week’s Symphonies of Iowa broadcast on Sunday, April 15th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 16th at 7 p.m.!


BOLCOM             Orphee Serenade

BACH                   Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

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“A summer night smiles three times," Madame Armfeldt tells her granddaughter. "On the young, the fools, and the old.” Sondheim’s tour de force musical comedy whisks us away for a weekend in the country where old flames rekindle and new love affairs ignite. The signature song "Send in the Clowns" along with elegant waltzes drive this bittersweet creation. Sondheim’s masterpiece won six Tony awards including best musical, script, and score.

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This Iowa Arts Showcase broadcast features an interview with UNI graduate voice students Megan Grey and Leia Lensing. Both of the young Iowa vocalists participated in the national opera competition circuit with amazing results. Ms. Grey competed in The MET National Council Auditions and has been selected to move on to the semi-finals competition with a Grand Finals Concert with full orchestra at the MET in New York City on April 29th. Ms. Lensing received 1st prize at the Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition.

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The Des Moines Metro Opera opens Iowa Public Radio’s 2018 Arias in April with performances from their 45th Festival Season. IPR’s first DMMO broadcast features Puccini’s Turandot on Saturday, April 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th at 11:00 p.m.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Concertos” concert. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Handel, and Fasch.

Hear Iowa’s finest musicians – your very own wcfsymphony players – in virtuosic music of the Baroque. Jason Weinberger, Isaac-Pastor Chermak, and Daniel Friberg perform solo pieces with small ensemble and the whole group explores the concerto grosso form. Tune in on Sunday, April 8th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, April 9th at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa broadcast!


Tomorrow at noon, join IPR Classical and Jacqueline Halbloom for a special edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase featuring interviews discussing a guest virtuoso countertenor, a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, and the Mission Creek art festival in Iowa City.

The Des Moines Metro Opera is hosting a concert for guest virtuoso countertenor, John Holiday. Mr. Holiday has won several national opera competitions and performed in leading and supporting roles with major national opera companies. Don’t miss his concert on Sunday, April 8th at Plymouth Church in Des Moines at 7 p.m.!

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Shattered Glass will be presenting an exciting concert series across Iowa performing various works for string orchestra.

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She doesn't mind being asked about women in conducting - I'm glad I did! But her work has made the term "woman conductor" obsolete.


The warmer air and budding trees can only mean one thing: April is arriving, and with it comes Iowa Public Radio’s Arias in April series! For five weeks, listeners can tune in to enjoy opera productions from the Des Moines Metro Opera, University of Iowa Opera Theatre, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

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This Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Masterworks IV: Stravinsky’s Petrouchka” concert. The performance includes works by Stravinsky, Elgar, and Sibelius.

This Saturday, March 31st, Iowa Public Radio Classical’s Performance Iowa features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s performance of one of J.S. Bach’s grandest works, St. Matthew Passion. The QCSO is joined by 3 guest choirs as well as fabulous vocal soloists, two guest organists, and viola da gamba. The piece is one of two surviving Bach accounts of the final days of Jesus.

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This Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven’s Fifth” concert. The performance includes works by Mozart, Ginestera, Romero, and Beethoven.

The opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most recognizable motives of all time. Orchestra Iowa’s “Beethoven Fifth” concert also features a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 by guest pianist Miko Kominami, as well as pieces by Ginestera and Romero. Don’t miss this broadcast of IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 25th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 26th at 7 p.m.!

When pianist/ composer Nathan Carterette plays the Goldberg Variations in our Cedar Falls studio on Tuesday, March 13th, you can listen on-air, or stream the video at our Facebook page. Carterette has performed the Goldbergs live on radio before (using Mr. Rogers' old piano at Pittsburgh's WQED), but this is the first time you can watch if you choose.

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The Des Moines-based Heartland Youth Choir is hosting their 11th annual Meet the Composer Festival in Des Moines! Young central Iowa singers in grades 4 through 8 collaborate with an internationally known composer to perform the composer’s works for a public concert. This year’s guest composer is Iowa native and Drake University graduate Elaine Hagenberg. The concert will mark the world-premiere of Hagenberg’s new work, “See How the Rose Unfolds,” a setting of a poem by fellow Iowan and poet Elaine Jungers.

“There are 1,000 ways to paint, why limit yourself to one manner?” – Charles Thwaites, 1947

The Wisconsin painter Charles Thwaites was the rare artist who excelled at both realist and abstract styles. His transition from one to the other was smooth and almost effortless, and he succeeded at both with confidence and originality. The Dubuque Museum of Art is showcasing 43 Thwaites paintings, drawings, and prints drawn from the collection of MOWA in West Bend, Wisconsin.

This Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Serenades“ concert. The performance includes works by Mozart, Krommer, Beethoven, and Schubert.

Party like it’s 1799 with jovial music for entertaining written by Mozart and his Viennese contemporaries. Played for you by the virtuosic wcfsymphony winds in an intimate ballroom just like the ones where Mozart partied, the beautiful Brown Derby. Don’t miss this broadcast of IPR’s Symphonies of Iowa on Sunday, March 18th at 4 p.m. and again on Monday, March 19th at 7 p.m.!


This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Ritual Fire Dance “concert. The performance includes works by Ravel, Rodrigo, and Falla.

If you listen to my daily program, you might notice that I can't resist English pastoral music. You might not guess that I once thought of it as an indulgence, a guilty pleasure like gooey brownies (or, more to the point, sticky toffee pudding). I learned early on to equate "greatness" in music with Germanic thoroughness, and "significance" with cutting-edge spikiness. Musicology back then wrote off the English pastoral style as "a reactionary mishmash of escapism, sentimentality and nostalgia—a refuge for dead-enders and also-rans."

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features wcfsymphony’s “Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik” concert. The Halloween-themed performance includes works by Gustav Mahler, Ferruccio Busoni, Hector Berlioz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, and Charles Gounod.

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Orchestra Iowa’s “Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique” concert. The orchestra performs works by Sibelius, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

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Tune in Wednesday, February 28th at noon and 10 p.m. for a special Performance Iowa featuring UNI and Cedar Valley musicians performing in our studio to honor Black History Month! Black History Month is an annual observance in remembrance of important people and events in the history of people of color. It was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969, and first celebrated at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

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Many symphony orchestras are branching out in an effort to attract new music fans. Even if someone has never been to a orchestra concert before, they might want to go to Harry Potter Night at the Des Moines Symphony or enjoy an evening of “A Night of Symphonic Rock” as interpreted by Orchestra Iowa.

“I think it’s wonderful,” says Des Moines Symphony music director Joseph Giunta. “I think it’s a great way to expand audiences, and I think it’s a great way to stay in touch with your community.”

This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features the Des Moines Symphony’s “Masterworks 2: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake” concert. The orchestra performs works by Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Tchaikovsky.

In September of last year, we released a historical story for the Symphonies of Iowa broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s “American Mystics” concert. The version that we published was adapted from the Nathan Broder biography of Samuel Barber; the same source used by many major symphonies for their program notes for Barber’s Violin Concerto. However, it has come to light that the Broder version of events may not be accurate. Last year, we published the following:

We regret to inform listeners that due to circumstances beyond our control, this broadcast has been postponed until further notice. We will update the schedule with a new broadcast date when it has been determined. Be sure to tune in next week for the Des Moines Symphony's "Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake" concert!

Last September, concert violinist Jennifer Frautschi performed in Des Moines with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. As the Chicago Tribune noted, "violinist Jennifer Frautschi is molding a career with smart interpretations of both warhorses and rarities." Equally at home in the classic and contemporary repertoire, her recent seasons have featured innumerable performances and recordings of works ranging from Brahms and Schumann to Berg and Schoenberg.

Stephens Auditorium and the Ames International Orchestra Foundation (AIOFA) proudly welcome back the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m. Founded as a small radio orchestra in 1926, ENSO has since grown to 100 musicians performing more than 60 concerts each year with a repertoire ranging from baroque music to premieres of contemporary works. They enjoy increasing acclaim for their Grammy award-winning recordings and festival appearances in Scandinavia, Europe and the former Soviet Union.