Gretchen Gondek

Host of "Opus"

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.

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