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Iowa Public Radio presents “A Big Band Christmas” featuring the Bill Shepherd Big Band! The group is composed of Cedar Valley professional musicians, and Bill's daughter, Nola Rose Shepherd, a Cedar Falls High School graduate and professional singer/songwriter. This holiday infused event will be sure to get your feet tapping and your heart racing as the sounds of big band fill the air. You can hear it on IPR News/Studio One on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 12 a.m. or 1 p.m. Also listen on IPR Classical on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7 a.m. or Sunday, Dec. 25th at 8 p.m.
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players’ “Tricksters & Troubadours” concert. The musicians performed three duo compositions by Koetsier, Ginastera, and Vivaldi, as well as chamber works by Milhaud, Wuorinen, and Strauss.
This Performance Iowa holiday broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “A New Nutcracker” concert. The program includes works by Duke Ellington, Vince Guaraldi, and Leroy Anderson.
This Performance Iowa broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 “Holiday Spectacular” concert. The festive program includes holiday favorites and works by Bach, Corelli, Vaughan Williams, and more!
Holiday marimba music is here! Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa is excited to present internationally acclaimed percussionist Matthew Coley’s Heartland Marimba Festival holiday program live from Studio One in Cedar Falls. His solo spectacular will feature beautiful holiday favorites that he has arranged for this tour. Check out this festive edition of Performance Iowa right here!
At its 1892 premiere, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker went over like a stocking full of coal. St. Petersburg critics called it a "failed experiment" and "an insult." Only in Cold War America did it become the Christmas ballet, and while that process began in San Francisco, what made it a national tradition was a refugee who had danced the Nutcracker as a teenager in Russia, George Balanchine.
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Elgar’s Bike” concert. The program includes works by Josef Strauss, Timo Andres, and Edward Elgar.
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We're not sure what to call them - "long-forms"? "essays"? - but some IPR posts take extra time to explore the landscape of classical music and what it tells us about our world. IPR's new Classical Barn page lets you find these posts quickly and easily. Click on the link to explore for yourself!
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features Orchestra Iowa’s Missa Solemnis concert. Orchestra Iowa presents Beethoven’s Mass in D, Op. 123 “Missa Solemnis”. performed with the Simpson College Chamber Singers, the Simpson College Choir, the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, and guest vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Beth Lytwynec, Eric Barry, and Sumner Thompson.
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
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s “Masterworks II: Bach, Brahms, and Shostakovich” concert. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Dmitri Shostakovich, and features violinist Naha Greenholtz and cellist Hannah Holman.
IPR's Performance Iowa is excited to bring you a special Thanksgiving treat from the front lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids. An encore of Orchestra Iowa's 95th season opener concert Brucemorechestra! With Mike Maas and Friends will be broadcast on Thursday, November 24 at 2 p.m.
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the wcfsymphony’s “Bach II” concert. The program focuses on music by master composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Listen as the wcfsymphony performs two of Baroque music’s most famous instrumental works: Bach’s sparkling Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and beloved Suite No. 2. The performance features a beautiful 1970 Tom Pixton harpsichord recently acquired by the ensemble. Tune in on Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m. for this Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa returns to the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol for an encore broadcast of The Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops concert from July 1st. The event featured rousing marches, as well as a mix of show tunes and patriotic selections celebrating “The Sound of America.”
This week’s Symphonies of Iowa encore broadcast features the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s “The Moldau, Don Juan & Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto” concert. It includes music composed by Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Bedřich Smetana and features young pianist extraordinaire Charlie Albright.
As promised, here's a follow-up to Part 1 and Part 2 of Halloween classical treats, based on your suggestions: