Gretchen Gondek

Host of "Opus"

The Sioux City Symphony's Rite of Spring Concert is Saturday Night. SCSO Music Director & Conductor Ryan Haskins has a preview. Also Gretchen talks with Clint Needham who was commishioned to compose a piece for the concert.

Then a talk with violist Seth May-Patterson, who will be performing Sunday for Sioux City Chamber Music Association with his group The Sonic String Quartet.

Gretchen and Opus bid goodbye with this edition of Opus. We will miss hearing her weekly, but she promises to return for special broadcasts and to help during our fund drives. 

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What started as a group of WWI soldiers trying to play music has turned into a century of marches, pops and band tunes. You can hear them Sunday night and over the course of the summer at the Grandview Park Bandshell. Dave Madsen drops knowledge on 100 years of striking up the band!

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Holocaust survivor, Dr. Inge Auerbacher is Gretchen's guest today on Opus. Dr. Auerbacher was on hand to take part in Tolerance Week in Sioux City. She shares her stories about being taken out of school before finishing the 1st grade, her time at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, earning her PhD. and how she shares her story with thousands of children today.

Hillary Purrington

Apr 5, 2019
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Gretchen welcomes Hillary Purrington, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Composer of the Year, and conductor Ryan Haskins to Opus. 

Gretchen sits down with Douglas Humpherys who will be giving a performance tonight in the next installment of the Morningside College Piano Recital Series. Mr. Humpherys is an educator with the Eastman School of Music as well as an adjudicator but today we're going to focus on his role as an award winning pianist.

Opus 3-08-19

Mar 8, 2019

We talk about Russian Composers and dancing elephants on this edition of Opus with Ryan Haskins and guest-host Steve Smith

Audio FileThe Sioux City Symphony's Ryan Haskins sits down with Steve Smith (guest host) for Opus today. Maestro Haskins is teaming up with the dancers of Dance Heginbotham to present An Evening of Symphonic Dance, Saturday 3-09 at 7:30 pm at the Sioux City Orpheum Theater.

The Prokofiev ballet will be performed by the Siouxland Civic Dance Association later this month. Gretchen talks to Tracy Bennett about putting on the 3 act production, and then we'll hear the music to it.

A look at the career of one the greatest composers of all time today on Opus as Gretchen sits down with Ryan Haskins to talk about this weekend's all-Mozart concert with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

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Mary Day is the guest but the topic is "The Voice of the Century" Marian Anderson

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