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June 22, 2006

Iowa Public Radio Presents ‘Symphonies of Iowa’ Series Starting July 3

Starting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, Iowa Public Radio (IPR) will present “Symphonies of Iowa,” a special nine-week summer series showcasing the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo-Cedar Falls and Des Moines Symphony Orchestras.

The series is the first collaboration of its kind between Iowa Public Radio stations KSUI in Iowa City, WOI in Ames and KHKE in Cedar Falls. Says Cindy Browne, executive director of IPR, “We are so proud to showcase three great orchestras through the collaboration of three great stations. The series will bring Iowa’s classical performances to a much wider audience than any one station could have done before IPR was created.”

The series begins on July 3 with the inaugural concert of the Cedar Rapids Symphony’s new music director, Timothy Hankewich. He was one of five candidates to compete for the position by conducting a concert with the orchestra — with all five of the concerts broadcast on KSUI. Hankewich comes to Iowa from the Kansas City Symphony.

Other concerts to note in the series include renowned clarinetist David Schifrin playing Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto” with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony on July 31, and the dazzling violin playing of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” with the Des Moines Symphony on August 7.

To choose the theme music for the series, IPR issued a call for submissions with the help of the Iowa Composers Forum. One of the qualifications was that the composer should either live in Iowa or be able to demonstrate a strong connection to the state. In the end, IPR chose “Traveling Music,” by Iowa City composer Michael Kimber. Browne says, “One of our missions is to collaborate with those who make Iowa’s cultural life so rich. We were excited to look to the work of composers with strong Iowa ties as we launch this series.”

“Symphonies of Iowa” begins airing at 7 p.m. Monday, July 3, and can be heard on KSUI-FM 91.7 in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, 101.7 FM in Dubuque; KHKE-FM 89.5 in Cedar Falls/Waterloo, 90.7 FM in Mason City/Clear Lake, WOI-FM 90.1 Ames/Des Moines, 91.1 FM Fort Dodge, 90.7 FM in Carroll and 97.9 FM in Lamoni.

The schedule is:

--July 3 - Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra with Tim Hankewich, music director, and William Preucil, violin. The program includes Schubert’s “Rosamunde Overture,” “Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus” by Vaughan Williams, “Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks” by Richard Strauss and Dvorak’s “Concerto for Violin.”

--July 10 - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra Winds with Jason Weinberger, music director. Selections include Kurka’s “Suite from the Good Soldier Schweik,” and Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade for Winds in B-flat, K.361.

--July 17 - Des Moines Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Giunta, music director. The theme is "Muggles Making Music," with the Greater Des Moines Youth Symphony. The groups will perform Williams’ “Harry Potter Suite,” excerpts from Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” and excerpts from Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung.”

--July 24 - Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra will play music with the theme of “Rags, Rhythm and Blues” with Henry Charles Smith, principal guest conductor, and Butch Thompson, piano.

--July 31 - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, with Jason Weinberger, music director, and David Shifrin, clarinet. The program includes Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto,” Barber’s “Overture to the School for Scandal,” Hermann’s  “Psycho: Suite for Strings” and Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.”

--August 7 - Des Moines Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Giunta, music director, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin. The broadcast will feature Liadov’s “Kikimora,” Borodin’s “Symphony #2” and Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto.”

--August 14 - Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra with Henry Charles Smith, principal guest conductor, Karen Holvik, soprano, and Stephen Swanson, baritone. Selections include Corigliano’s  “Elegy for Orchestra,” Respighi’s “The Birds,” “Michaela’s Aria” from Bizet’s “Carmen,” “Lob des hohen Verstandes” from Mahler’s The Youth’s Magic Horn,” and Fauré’s “Requiem.”

--August 21 - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra with Jason Weinberger, music director, and Tai Murray, violin. The program includes Prokofiev’s “Concerto No. 2 for Violin & Orchestra in G Minor,” Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297; Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5 in E-flat” and “There Was a Star Danced” by Philip Wharton.

--August 28 - Des Moines Symphony Orchestra with Joseph Giunta, music director. This program features the best of the DMSO’s 2005-2006 season.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Program: Nancy Hagen, WSUI/KSUI, 319-335-5730