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

A two for one on Opus today. First Gretchen talks with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director, Ryan Haskins about The Second City Guide to the Orchestra. The second half Ellen Osborn is the interview subject. She is featured in USD Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel in Vermillion.

Gretchen welcomes Ellen Osborn to Opus today. Osborn is a singer and actor when not at her day job (as an attorney) and she talks about some of her favorite roles, productions and musical pieces.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coming up next on The Exchange, we take a look back at an historical event that still shapes our lives today.

We talk to a Morningside alumnus who took part in the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama more than 50 years ago.

Also we catch up with some of news from the Iowa legislature.  That and more after this news.

David Livingston

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Jim Adamson about the celebrated bass-baritone Simon Estes, who will perform at Washington High School Auditorium in Cherokee on April 17th at 4 p.m.  Estes, a native of Iowa, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in opera, performing at the Metropolitan Opera House and abroad in the world’s greatest opera houses.