Gretchen Gondek

Host of "Opus"

Gustav Mahler's Symphony in D Major "Titan" was originally a tone poem but after some revisions and the addition of a movement or two became his first symphony. Join Gretchen Gondek and hear the symphony on this edition of Opus.

Opus 6-01-18

Jun 1, 2018

Gretchen has a bevy of guests dropping by a live broadcast of Opus at Momo's, next door to the Orpheum Theater, the site for this weekend's ground-breaking performances of West Side Story. She talks with SCSO Board President, Juliet Everist, as well as Christie Tremaine. Also she talks with SCSO Conductor, Ryan Haskins and the production's Associate Director, Christopher Murrah among others.

An action packed Opus with Part 1 devoted to the massive West Side Story Production that the Sioux City Symphony is working on for next week.  Gretchen talks with Maestro Haskins as well as Alaina Viau who is overseeing just about every aspect of the production from actors to scenery and lighting. Also we get an actor's perspective from Officer Krupke, himself, played by Matthew Krob.

A tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach this time on Opus, including his vivacious Double Violin Concerto, the Fugue in g and the Cantata known as Sleepers Awake. 

Gretchen welcomes Ryan Haskins, Music Director and Conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He'll talk about Cherish the Ladies, a pre-St. Patricks Day evening of Irish and Celtic music. Also the Irish Fest, which gets underway with appetizers, green beer and local musicians playing Irish music in the Orpheum lobby before the concert. 

George Boykin is the guest on Opus today. George talks about growing up in Sioux City in a time of segregation and his time with the Sanford Community Center and the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors. He also talks about the struggle facing many musicians of color during the mid 20th century.

Richard Gammon travels from his home base in New York City to take Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas give it a modern spin and produce it at Morningside's Klinger-Neal Theatre.  Morningside's Suzanne Hedrix-Case is assisting and together they fill Gretchen in on how the production is going.

A Preview of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's Church Windows program on this edition of Opus. Gretchen talks with SCSO Composer of the Year Patrick O'Malley. The Orchestra will present a World Premiere of his work. Maestro Ryan Haskins will also lead them through music of Debussy, Hovhaness and Respighi. 

Gretchen's guest this time is Marcia Poole. Poole will talk about the very early days of getting Siouxland Public Media (known then as KWIT) off the ground and over the air clear back in 1978. She talks about public radio bringing classical music, NPR News and other public radio mainstay's to a population that had none.

On this week's Opus, we revisit a concert that was broadcast on Siouxland Arts Live in October 2017. Ioana Galu was the featured artist, performing violin favorites. Adding to the excitement of the evening was the chance to hear the National Music Museum's Ceruti violin (ca. 1805-1810) and Broadwood grand piano (1855). As you will hear, the gallery was full and the audience thrilled. Galu was accompanied by Susan Keith Gray. 

Program:

Clarinetist Luis Viquez is the Opus guest this time. We hear his Siouxland Arts Live performance from the National Music Museum in Vermillion recorded this past November where he shared a program called Clarinet Classics, Old and New. The program included music inspired by his native Costa Rica as well four pieces inspired by Jellyfish, plus classics from Rossini and Saint-Saens.

The Sioux City Symphony perform their annual Christmas with the Symphony Concert tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Orpheum Theater. Three area handbell choirs, a dynamic up and coming local violinist and the Mighty Wurlitzer all make appearances.

Gretchen sits down with Randy Peters who is at the helm of a production of opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian-Carlo Menotti.  The opera will be performed at 7 p.m. December 14-16, at 1st Congregational  United Church of Christ.

Gretchen welcomes Dr. Richard Steinbach to Opus this time. Steinbach is the M.A. Everist Foundation Artist in Residence at Briar Cliff University and he'll talk about his teaching, his travels, his recordings and his upcoming Christmas Spirit performance at the National Music Museum.

Disney Fantasia, a film that was made to showcase classical music, was shown Saturday in the Orpheum Theater. Best of all, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra performed the score, live! Gretchen Gondek talks with the man in charge of keeping everything in synch, Conductor, Ryan Haskins.

Pianist Boris Slutsky is the next guest on Opus. Slutsky grew up in Russia and burst onto the scene winning every major prize at the William Kapell International Piano Competition in 1981. He is now Chair of Piano at The Peabody Conservatory and recently began teaching at Northwestern University. Gretchen Gondek had a chance to talk to Slutsky after a recent performance at the Morningside College Piano Recital Series.

Gretchen Hosts 2017 Iowa Piano Competition winner Mackenzie Melemed on this week's Opus. Melemed had a busy week in Siouxland performing at the Sioux City Art Center in addition to his performance with the Sioux City Symphony with the Halloween themed Night of Taunts and Terrors concert.

Gretchen Gondek talks with Ryan Haskins about this Saturday Night's concert at the Orpheum Theater. It features Iowa Piano Competition Winner Mackenzie Melemed as soloist and an entire evening of scary music. Also featured, although off-stage, will be special bells on loan from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra brought in just for this Saturday evening's performance.

Professional opera singer Clark Sturdevant is the focus on Opus this time. Sturdevant will perform at First Unitarian Church on Saturday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Melis Spencer from M's on 4th is the guest and she gives Gretchen a preview of this year's best fall wines.

Gretchen welcomes mezzo-soprano Suzanne Hendrix-Case to talk about her upcoming performance for Sioux City Chamber Music as well as an award winning year that brought her to Carnegie Hall.

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