Sunday, June 25, 2017

EPISODE 48: Iowa Classical Music

Classical music has long been a part of our state. It goes beyond Dvorak's summer visit to Spillville!

"Music institutions and venues Iowa is also home to the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Opera, Orchestra Iowa (Cedar Rapids), Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

"The three major University music institutions in Iowa include the Iowa State University School of Music in Ames, University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City, and The University of Northern Iowa School of Music in Cedar Falls. Other colleges with music programs include Wartburg, Luther, Cornell, Morningside, and Drake, among others. Also, there is the Celtic Music Association of Des Moines. Major venues include the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

"The Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Nordic Choir has also appeared throughout the United States, performing in well-known concert halls as Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Luther College has the largest collegiate choral program in the United States with almost 600 student singers."
- from the Wikipedia entry, Music of Iowa

And the Iowa Composers Forum (, created by 7 Iowa classical composers, features a musical festival and concert event every year celebrating Iowa's own classical works. It evens has a catalog ( featuring 144 classical pieces written by Iowans, many of which linked to a spot where you can hear the works!

So although I have an a classical tune occasionally on a podcast or playlist (, I'm happy to finally present an episode fully dedicated to the classical music scene here!

Two pieces had to be cut down for space, "Wellington Victory, Symphony" and "Entreat Me Not to Leave You". Full versions of each song is below on the post and each song's individual post.

IMSC posts and podcasts featuring classical music:

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Composer and mezzo-soprano singer Lisa Neher
Photograph by Mike Newman
For more information, click on the link below the track.

Cover by Mike Newman

Opening - Iowa Music Showcase theme (classical version) by Jessica Villegas

Song 1 - "Wellington Victory, Symphony" (truncated) written by Ludwig van Beethoven and performed by Jason Weinberger and the wcf (Waterloo-Cedar Falls) symphony

Due to time constraints, I had to cut some bits out of this song on the podcast. Here is a complete, unedited version:

Song 2 - "Weihnachten (Frohlocket, ihr Völker, No. 1 of Sechs Sprüche, Op. 79)" written by Felix Mendelssohn and performed by The Wartburg Choir

Song 3 - "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless" written by William Byrd and performed by The Wartburg Choir

Song 4 - "Siren (Waterhouse)" written by Randy Wells and performed by Mariya Akhadjanova

Song 5 - "Snapshots Song Cycle": "Crocodiles"/"Rain"/"Sneaky Squirrels"/"A Simple Request"/"Turtle Fence"/"Tuesday and Thursday"/"Spoiler Alert!" written by Lisa Neher and performed by Olivia Betzen and Nate Salazar

Song 6 - "Polymetric Phrygian Plainchant" written and performed by Paul Hertz

Song 7 - "Entreat Me Not to Leave You" (truncated) written by Dan Forest and performed by Luther College Nordic Choir

This song had to be cut down on the podcast for time reasons, but you can hear the complete version on this video:

Closing - Iowa Music Showcase theme (classical version) by Jessica Villegas

All song are copyrighted by the performers and composers, and used by their kind permission.

Next episode: I'm not really sure! Got three possibilities but waiting to hear from some people before deciding! But Episode 50 is my nepotism episode featuring friends, relatives, and relatives of friends!

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Two years ago...
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Iowa Music Showcase can be listened to and/or downloaded on the following sites:
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Iowa Music Showcase is also on Code Zero Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 10pm central time:

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