Gretchen Gondek

Host of "Opus"

It's a Yankee Doodle Dandy edition of Opus this time! Gretchen will play the Symphony #3, the final symphony of Aaron Copland, composed during WWII. Also we'll double the dose on Copland with A Lincoln Portrait, narrated by the resonant bass of James Earl Jones. 

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Conductor/Music Director Ryan Haskins sits down with Gretchen on this episode of Opus. Ryan has a preview of the music on the schedule for this upcoming season of concerts, including film music from John Williams' score to Star Wars A New Hope.

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.

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