Hear about the grand opening of the Koated Kernals Shoppe showcasing the Jolly Time Pop Corn Museum.  B. J. McClellan talks up her family’s 100 year anniversary and a week-long open house and celebration.

Fridays on the Promenade summer concert series begins tonight in downtown Sioux City. The Hobo Nephew's of Uncle Frank are the first headliners. They perform stomping Americana music (see below). And, not to be missed, Garie Lewis will open. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

  Also happening:

Rutter's Magnificat

Jun 4, 2015

John Rutter said of composing his Magnificat​ that, " In countries such as Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico, feast days of the Virgin are joyous opportunities for people to take to the streets and celebrate with singing, dancing and processions. These images of outdoor celebration were, I think, somewhere in my mind as I wrote, though I was not fully conscious of the fact till afterwards." Today we hear it performed by the City of London Sinfonia and Cambridge Singers. Rutter conducts. 


Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat major, Op 83, demands of the pianist great strength and dexterity. Brahms, as with his first piano concerto, composed it with himself in mind as the soloist, and did indeed perform the solo part at the debut in 1881, showing that even late in his life he was filled with vigor. The NY Philharmonic and Andre Watts perform, here. Leonard Bernstein conducts. 

The memory of Nile boatmen singing can be heard in the Andante of Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103, known as The Egyptian. Further sea imagery is conjured by the sound of a propeller beating in the third movement. This was Saint-Saens final concerto for piano, written 20 years after the Fourth. Here it is performed by Pascal Roge and the Royal Philharmonic. Charles Dutoit directs. 

Prokofiev began composing the Sixth Symphony in 1944. The Fifth, a symphony celebrating the essential goodness of man, would premier the following year and was being written contemporaneously. Yet this symphony is markedly darker, the pall of war much more evident. As he told his biographer, "Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds which cannot be healed. One man’s loved ones have perished, another has lost his health. This must not be forgotten." 


One of the highlights this week is a cut from trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s new release Breathless, featuring his group, the E-Collective. Blanchard explores the intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and jazz fusion with his bandmates Fabian Almazan (piano), Charles Altura (guitar), Donald Ramsey (bass) and Oscar Seaton (drums).  

Ten O'Clock Blues 05.30.15

May 31, 2015

Joe Nosek’s band The Cash Box Kings is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues. Hear them next time on the 10 O’clock Blues.  

Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 was lauded by the public and the critics after its premiere in 1885. When setting out to compose this piece the year before, this result would seem unreachable. Tchaikovsky felt his first few ideas were so poor that he questioned whether he was "played out." 

Mark and Elizabeth Munger

Tim is our guest on Welcome. Sit. Stay. He is one of many cats now being sheltered at the Siouxland Humane Society. This makes for a good time to mention that you should spay and neuter your cats.

Barbara-Anne Huculak joins Steve Smith today especially to discuss the Women Aware and Siouxland Trails Foundation's "Tri-State Trails Tour XI," happening Saturday, June 13. Riders will choose the distance of their own rides, taking routes that lead them up to 60 miles through the Siouxland landscape. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Bev's on the River.

"Up from the Earth" brings homegrown food to those in need, and Dr. Randy Burnight joins Gretchen to discuss this wonderful initiative on this encore edition of Food for Thought.

Cesar Cui's most loved works, loved most by the public and his fellow composers of The Mighty Handful, were his operas. His orchestration, they all felt, was wanting. Though his Second Orchestral Suite does lack some color and texture, it pulses forward and reaches nice emotional peaks. 

Though he is remembered primarily as a conductor, Sir Hamilton Harty's compositions won him many accolades and established his reputation in London before the age of 30. Today we hear his Violin Concerto in D-minor performed by Ralph Holmes and the Ulster Orchestra. Bryden Thomson directs. 

Alfven's First Symphony

May 26, 2015
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Hugo Alfven's most quoted lines are these: 

All of his symphonies, excepting the Third, take the Swedish archipeligo as muse. We hear his First, today. The symphonic pictures he later painted would enter more deeply. But this is as good a launch into the Baltic as ever there was. 

Saturday Night Jazz stays in the here and now by focusing almost entirely on new releases and new trends in jazz.

We find the best of it and dish it up for you.

Aussie, multi-instrumentalist Paul Kelly gets us rolling (along with the strong vocals of Clairy Brown) on this week’s episode of the 10 O’clock Blues. Also hear the brand new Victor Wainright and the Wildroots and a classic from Junior Parker.  

Bartok composed the Concerto for Orchestra after emigrating to the United States. His time here was not happy. He had had to flee the European fascists, the Nazi's in particular, leaving behind the homeland where he had spent his life absorbed in music traditions and cultures. 

Mark and Elizabeth Munger

Melo is a 10-year-old terrier mix. He is rambunctious but well behaved, a wise little fellow. You can find him at the Siouxland Humane Society.   

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law, located in Sioux City and providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland community. 


As the weather warms up, ice cream carts will be out in full force. We walk alongside a midtown Sioux City neighborhood with veteran ice cream man Juan Nunez on FM90's Food for Thought.


Aram Khachaturian completed the Violin Concerto in D-minor i​n 1940. He was, at the time, vice-president of the Union of Societ Composers, a union that included Porkofiev and Shostokvich. Though Khachaturian's style was more conservative than his contemporaries, he nonetheless enjoyed their respect.

1841 was a year of overflowing creativity and output for Robert Schumann. Life is indeed strange. Not much earlier, Schumann was contemplating giving up composition in order to take up his family's publishing business, which was left beleaguered upon his father's death. Amongst the works complete in this year was his second symphony, the Symphony in D-minor.  It would later be revised and known as his fourth. 

The nationalism that colored Jean Sibelius's early works, including his first two symphonies, had faded by the penning of his fourth. Quite unlike his European and Eurasian contemporaries, his musings had begun to turn both inward and upon the classical tradition of symphonic composition, leaving him to become ever more in solitude, which one can feel so powerfully as low strings rumble the Fourth to life.

Infamously, Nikolay Rubinstein dismissed Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto as unplayable and ill-composed. And this, to make the pill all the more bitter, was done directly after the composer had performed the freshly finished piece for the pianist. Rubinstein later apologized for his reaction and helped to cement the concerto's place in the repertoire by performing it himself. 

Tchaikovsky dedicated his Second Piano Concerto to Rubinstein, who was to premiere the work. Unfortunately the pianist died before completion.



Richard Strauss's vivid Don Quixote, Op 83, epitomizes the composer's poetic prowess. Here our hero, Don Quixote, and his frightfully faithful squire Sancho Panza rise from the orchestral page as the cello and the viola. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Cellist Jerry Grossman is the soloist. 

Mark and Elizabeth Munger

Nuni, a husky mix, is our guest on Welcome. Sit. Stay. She is a smart young pup with lots of energy. Already she is able to sit and shake, and she is potty-trained. Find her at the Siouxland Humane Society.     

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law, located in Sioux City and providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland community.